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Innovative products made from recycled plastic bottles.

It All Started With RPET

What is RPET?

Polyethylene terephthalate is the world’s most common plastic. It is made from crude oil and natural gas that is extracted from deep inside the earth and heated together to form a molten liquid. This liquid is spun into fibers to create polyester fabrics or molded into plastic bottles. These products are not biodegradable so they remain in our environment for over 450 years. To put that in perspective, if you buy a bottle of water today in a plastic bottle, it will still be on this planet in 15 generations time.

Think about that! Most family trees don’t go back 15 generations, at this rate, will they go forward for another 15? It is estimated that a staggering one and a half billion plastic bottles are bought and trashed across the globe every day. The scale of that number is unfathomable. We cannot even begin to imagine what that must do to our delicate environment. We know we don’t have all the answers but we have made it our mission to innovate products from recycled plastic waste. Every piece of recycled plastic counts. Instead of focussing on the damage already done, we do the only thing we can do and vow to make a positive impact with every bottle we recycle.
RPET means recycled polyester and it comes from PET plastic bottles that are melted down and re-spun into new recycled polyester fibres, yarns and fabrics. The recycling method that Waste2Wear uses consumes 86% less water, 75% less CO2 and 70% less energy than starting from scratch by taking precious nonrenewable resources from our earth.
With well over a dozen years experience in creating fabrics from recycled polyester, we know what works. Our expertise in this field means that we have fine tuned ‘recipes’ to create the finest quality, softest hand-feel fabrics that are created to last. Over the years we have created more than 150 different fabrics. We have identified, improved and refined the best and narrowed our offering down to less than 100 fabrics. Our collection includes the finest 35gsm chiffon right up to 600gsm heavy canvas and everything in-between. Different fabrics suit different applications and through our years of knowledge, we can recommend the very best fit for your requirements.
We don’t just say we produce recycled fabrics, we prove it with our completely traceable blockchain technology. We also innovated a unique RPET verification chemical test called RA-3 to authenticate the recycled plastic content in our products.
As a truly sustainable B2B textile company, we only produce to demand to eliminate waste. As a result, we do not carry stock. This means that each production run is unique for every customer and as a result, our MOQ is approximately 3,000 meters per fabric. All of our fabrics feature our transparent, award-winning blockchain technology that gives the precise provenance of the plastic waste right through every step in the supply chain.

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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