Contingenci Founder Linda Tang Exemplifies Sustainable Business Practices at Summit Experience

Contingenci Founder Linda Tang Exemplifies Sustainable Business Practices at Summit Experience

SAN JOSE, CA, April 24, 2024 - Contingenci® by Good Human founder and CEO Linda Tang joined other leaders of diverse backgrounds to explore the intersectionality of sustainability and business at the circularity panel of the University of Oregon Summit for Sustainable Organizations. The conversations generated within this event aim to instill future leaders with strong values and ethics that can be applied to practices and cement the importance of eco-conscious efforts into the mainstream mindset.


Tang shared the story of Contingenci’s creation, highlighting her background in apparel manufacturing and fostered values of sustainability as the basis for her current business model. Through repurposing deadstock into beneficial items like orthopedic veterinary products and offering warranties on upcycled masks, Tang showcases a commitment to circularity and innovation, as well as finding creative, renewable solutions to industry issues.   


Along with this ingenuity and prioritizing sustainability in its conflict resolutions, Contingenci has found continued success through authentic communication with its stakeholders. By educating customers on Taoism, an ancient Chinese religion, Tang promotes simplicity, humility and environmental preservation as building blocks to successful and ethical practice. 


“It’s all about transparency so we show the whole production. We show our whole facility. Most factories and most brands cannot say that,” Tang said. “We want to make sure our consumers are aware. Our largest goal is to educate consumers. We want them to understand and be more empathetic to the clothes they buy.” 


Tang also acknowledged the challenges she has faced as a Chinese woman operating in the outdoor apparel and product development industries. She addressed the dominance of white men in the field, but emphasized these individuals as mentors to build confidence. Contingenci has adapted to the culture of the industry while simultaneously uplifting minority voices and helping the next generation navigate similar challenges.


“Try to understand and get to know these people in the industry,” Tang said. “Discrimination is a large factor unfortunately that we need to combat. For our male counterparts, awareness is key. Building relationships with others with different identities helps bring about change.”


Through discussing her business and the initiatives that have been accomplished in the past four years, Tang sets an example for how all companies should ideally operate, no matter how big or small. Collective action is essential to generating a worldwide shift that benefits the planet and all its inhabitants. The implementation of prosperous government regulations opposed to interference, combined with education that leads to widespread care on the issue, will monumentally advance this movement. 


“Sustainability is not glamorous, it’s dirty. You have to put the work in. All of us have to put in the work,” Tang said. “We have to start somewhere. I can’t predict the future. But I know that at least [at Contingenci] we can come together with creative solutions and figure it out.” 


About Contingenci by Good Human LLC

Contingenci by Good Human LLC is a sustainable micro-factory founded in 2020. The company is the first carbon-neutral circular manufacturing facility in San Jose, CA, both female and minority-owned. Beginning as a COVID startup specializing in sustainable and reusable mask production, Contingenci has grown to repurpose activewear and outdoor garments and textiles into eco-friendly veterinary products. The organization specializes in the creation of innovative and assistive orthopedic recovery cushions, anti-slip mats, and pet positioners. Key focuses include proving sustainability can be profitable, advocating for education on renewable consumer habits, and supporting minority female businesses. For more information, visit contingenci.com

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