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Ocean Plastics

Time To Act Is Now!

Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans from coastal nations. That’s the equivalent of setting five garbage bags full of trash on every foot of coastline around the world.

Our Ocean Plastics

At Waste2Wear we help our clients reach their United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) # 14 concerning ‘life below water’, particularly “prevent and reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities.” According to the UN coastal waters are deteriorating because of ocean pollution and less oxygen in the water. While the oceans can absorb a large volume of CO2 caused by human activities, it causes the water to warm, resulting in marine heatwaves which harms ocean life.

We came into business to reduce the amount of plastic in the world, initially on land but since 2018 we also work closely with NGOs, Universities and local Chinese governments collecting ocean plastics. We are guided by the local experts to gather the plastics in the congested meanderings along rivers where serious amounts of plastic pollution gathers. We engage professional collectors to gather the plastic. It is a slow but important process and at present due to the manner in which we recycle plastic to products, our ocean plastic content in any fabric has a 30% content. This is currently the highest percentage of ocean fabric available. Plus it is the most pure; being collected from within 500 meters of the shore. Unlike some of our competitors who classify plastic collected up to 50 kilometers from the shore as ocean plastic, we are strict in our terms. When you buy our ocean plastic, you know that it has been gathered within 500 meters of the shoreline. Otherwise, we classify it as pre-landfill. More time and labour is involved in this form of plastic collection. For these reasons, it costs more than our regular (pre-landfill) RPET fabrics. We aim to increase the percentage of ocean plastic and reduce the cost as our business expands.

Ocean Plastic Project

Initiated by Waste2Wear, the Ocean Plastic Project brought together stakeholders from different sectors in a joint effort to find solutions to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans. In 2021, in collaboration with eight Dutch retail companies, the project contributed to the recycling of 2 million PET bottles into innovative fabrics for fashion, swimwear, outdoor and interior.

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Sven Bleekemolen

Sven Bleekemolen is a Dutch entrepreneur and textile engineer. He is a versatile executive with a broad skill set and experience in a global marketplace. Lived and worked in Europe, Indonesia, and Turkey. Solid expertise in management of start-up to mature fashion companies in competitive wholesale and retail markets.

In his role as director of several companies, Sven built strong knowledge of international wholesale, retail, B2B sales, production and brand development. He has a strategic and innovative mindset, always focused on business development. He has a record of identifying opportunities and leading diverse teams to surpass revenue goals.

Sven has a strong focus on sustainability and is excited to discover the possibilities that lie in Waste2Wear’s groundbreaking material and blockchain technologies. He is committed to creating a major contribution to the business performance of Waste2Wear along with the transition to a more circular economy for a better outcome of the world.

Hein Barnhoorn

Olivier van Migem

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Rena Jiang

Rena Jiang has over 20 years experience in the textile industry. Knowing how polluting the industry is, Rena is proud to be making a positive impact by doing the right thing with Waste2Wear.

Christophe Marze

Christophe Marze has over 15 years specializing in structuring and powering up businesses in Asia. As a French national, he has spent many years living and working in Germany and in China. Christophe is passionate about continuous improvement, sustainability and compliance which are from him the pillars of a healthy business drive.

Jeroen van der Wind

Jeroen van der Wind is an entrepreneur, specializing in international trade within the textile and promotional industries in South East Asia for over three decades. He was managing partner of The Cookie Company for many years, producing licensed kids apparel for several multinational customers. In combination with a healthy business drive, he is determined to help further the Waste2Wear mission of relieving the planet of the plastic problem to create a better world, especially for his four adult children.

Eduardo Garza Garcia

Eduardo Garza Garcia is a Mexican designer and entrepreneur specializing in sustainable solutions for plastics. He has been pivotal in innovations including the industry-first recycled polypropylene (RPP) from discarded domestic appliances; a unique RPET verification method (RA-3) proving the recycled plastic content in materials and the industry-first blockchain technology. Thanks to his innovations, Waste2Wear has won several prestigious environmental awards. Eduardo is truly an innovator in the world of recycled plastics constantly working for new ways to bring more transparency to the recycling industry.

Stefan Kleijkamp

Stefan Kleijkamp is a highly experienced Global Quality and Compliance Manager with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Originally from the Netherlands, Stefan has spent the last two decades working in Asia, with 17 of those years in China. He is fluent in Chinese and has worked with a wide range of product groups including textile, apparel, hard goods and plastics. Throughout his career, Stefan has held positions in quality and compliance management for both large and medium sized companies, as well as in purchasing and logistics. His extensive experience has given him a deep understanding of the challenges and issues facing the industry, particularly in relation to traceability of recycled materials such as textile, cotton and polyester. With his expertise in quality and compliance, Stefan is dedicated to ensuring that the products and services provided by Waste2Wear meet the highest standards in quality, sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Monique Maissan

Monique Maissan is a Dutch entrepreneur and textile engineer specializing in sustainable solutions for the industry. As CEO and founder of Waste2Wear, she leads a committed team in creating products and services for a better future. Her vision has driven the company to produce fabrics and products made from recycled plastic bottles (RPET) and recycled polypropylene (RPP) plus award winning blockchain and RPET verification test RA-3.

Monique has won several industry awards, most recently:

Finalist of “Future Leader” World Sustainability Awards 2022;
“Outstanding Achiever” of Global Green Economic Forum, Women Eco Game Changer Awards 2022;
“Woman Leader in Plastic Recycling” Plastic Recycling Conference Asia** 2022;
“The Sustainable Entrepreneur of the Year” of Entrepreneurs’ Organization*** 2021.

She is constantly on the lookout for new and better ways to recycle more plastic. Monique’s drive comes from her determination to do her part to leave this world in a better place for her two adult children and all of the next generation