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Recycled Nylon

Recycled Nylon

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Producing nylon creates nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
We believe in the wise old saying that ‘Prevention is better than cure’. Our entire business model is based on this principle. We collect plastic waste before it becomes pollution, tainting our world for hundreds of years. In our mission to honor UN SDG # 14 we focus on prevention.
After polyester, nylon (polyamide/PA6) is the second most common synthetic material in the textile industry due to its outstanding bearing and wear properties. This makes it ideal for the vast majority of fishing nets. Unfortunately, a common practice amongst fishermen is to throw end of life fishing nets into the sea. These so-called ‘ghost nets’ pose a huge problem to all marine life. According to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) up to a million tons of ghost fishing nets enter the oceans each year. These are harmful to every form of aquatic life including fish, birds and corals.
Dumped fishing gear is in fact, the biggest ocean polluter. Greenpeace estimates that this waste, known as ‘ghost gear’ makes up 10% of ocean plastic pollution worldwide. Netting is deadly for sea animals as they get trapped in it and cannot fight their way to freedom. Without official power to stop this form of ocean pollution, we tackle the issue by reducing the existing waste and creating new, new products with it. As with our other methods of recycling plastic; we do what no one else dares or cares to do. We tackle the problem at the source and prevent new nets from entering our fragile seas by buying these nets at their end of life from fishermen. We put a value on what has previously been seen as worthless. Other peoples’ trash is our treasure and we put value on these resources. Something is only worthless if it cannot be reused.
We live by our mission to relieve the planet of the plastic problem by innovating products made from recycled plastics. We are doing exactly that with our latest creation of recycled nylon products. Our buy-back program creates an incentive for fishermen to not discard old fishing nets in the ocean, and bring them instead back to the port as an extra income source. We are making the worthless, worthwhile and giving it new life. We have seen our unique system create a new source of pride in the fishermen we buy from. Their work is daunting at the best of times and they take pride in knowing that they are now contributing to a cleaner world by selling their nets to make new recycled products.
In our mission to relieve the planet of the plastic problem, we investigated how to gather and reuse these otherwise harmful nets. It is not an easy process. Nylon yarns made from recycled fishing nets present several challenges since the material tends to lose some physical properties during the recycling process. After testing 12 different samples, we identified a suitable source of PA6 (nylon resin) from recycled fishing nets. At present we are making lightweight jackets from this new recycled nylon fabric. For more information contact the waste2wear sales agent in your region.

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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

Ruma Kinger

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