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Waste2Wear and Kim Duc Forge Strategic Alliance to Accelerate Sustainable Production in the Bag Manufacturing Sector

HO CHI MINH, July 10, 2023 — Waste2Wear, the renowned creators of blockchain-verified fabrics from recycled plastics, joins forces with Kim Duc, a front-runner in the manufacturing of shopping bags. This fresh collaboration marks a strategic move in Kim Duc’s progression towards eco-friendly production, leveraging Waste2Wear’s acclaimed expertise in plastic recycling and blockchain transparency. As a concerted effort, the alliance aims to significantly reduce waste in landfills, echoing the principles of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and fostering a tangible shift in the production of everyday shoppers and bags.

Today marks the announcement of a pivotal partnership between Waste2Wear and Kim Duc, aligning with Kim Duc’s transitional phase towards sustainable production practices. Through this collaboration, Kim Duc will emerge as a premier producer of a diverse range of RPET and RPP shopping bags, fashioned to cater to daily utility needs. The raw materials for these products are sourced from recycled plastic bottles, large domestic appliances, and single-use takeaway food containers, epitomizing a decisive step towards environmental conservation. This initiative resonates with the UN SDGs, particularly emphasizing responsible production and fostering life on land by minimizing the volume of waste directed to landfills.

Speaking about the partnership, Monique Maissan, the CEO and Founder of Waste2Wear, stated, “In our extensive search spanning over two years to find the ideal collaborator, we visited numerous top-tier factories across the Asian region. Our quest culminated in identifying Kim Duc in Vietnam as the quintessential partner for crafting our RPET and RPP bags. With a rich history exceeding two decades in manufacturing superior quality bags, Kim Duc emerged as a clear choice. Coupled with our prowess in plastic recycling and blockchain technology integration, we are poised to deliver high-quality, high-volume, and environmentally conscious alternatives that meet the exacting standards of our clients.”

Kim Duc has consistently prioritized the evolving needs of their clientele, who are increasingly gravitating towards sustainable product options. This partnership with Waste2Wear amplifies their commitment to meeting this growing demand, blending the combined expertise and proficiency of both entities. The collaboration guarantees that clients will have access to the most eco-friendly recycled plastic bags, which are not only cost-effective but also available with the shortest lead time, embodying an unmatched fusion of quality, affordability, and rapid delivery.

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