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Waste2Wear Wins Sustainable Business Award

Waste2Wear has just won the Sustainable Business Award under the category of “Outstanding Environmental and Climate Performance” by the European Union Chamber of Commerce (EUCC) This prestigious award was earned in recognition of their newly developed and totally traceable woven and non-woven products made from recycled polypropylene (RPP). Polypropylene is extremely versatile and cheap to make with a wide range of applications. For these reasons it is the second most widely used plastic in the world. However, only 1% of the PP produced is recycled. Waste2Wear uses PP from discarded appliances such as fridges, car dashboards, food containers, and even washing machines. Waste products are their raw material making them truly sustainable.
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September 18, 2020
Waste2Wear Wins Sustainable Business Award

Competing in this category were large multinational companies, so it is extra special that the 11 professional judges deemed fit that a SME player earned The Award this year. Waste2Wear was recognized for their true corporate social values along with their tireless dedication to and innovation in sustainability, for the benefit of the environment.

For more than a decade, Waste2Wear has been passionate about creating circular solutions for the textile industry. They have recycled hundreds of millions of plastic bottles into products ranging from floor underlays, curtains, workwear, bags and high-end fashion. Besides averting plastic from ending up in landfills and in our oceans, the environmental impact of these recycled products also reduces the carbon footprint by -75%, the use of energy by -70% and water consumption by -86%. Waste2Wear really do live their beliefs because founder and CEO Monique Maissan and Creative Director, Eduardo Garza were both sporting fashion items made from 71 plastic bottles combined, as they accepted their award.

Innovation is the hallmark of Waste2Wear, and they are driven to increase recyclability of a wider variety of plastics. It is this creativity along with several years of R&D in close collaboration with esteemed universities and research organizations that resulted in the creation of the RPP products. They are passionate about making a more positive environmental impact by creating new products out of plastics that currently have lower recyclability rates. For example, they will launch a new range of recycled nylon (R-Nylon) products in 2021.

Waste2Wear take responsibility for every step in the recycling process with a strict environmental policy. To ensure transparency and traceability they developed and launched their own unique Blockchain technology in 2020. This provides indisputable evidence of the origin of the feedstock and shows every single transaction in the supply chain. A QR code is added in their blockchain system to ensure control and verification of the entire manufacturing process from collection to shipping the finished product. It is also a safety feature that prevents unauthorized sub-contracting. Traceability and transparency are both equally important as together they secure the validity of the recycling claim, which is vital in gaining credibility in the market.

Monique Maissan – founder and CEO
“We want the world to know that we are taking real steps towards reducing the plastic problem by innovating circular alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint, energy consumption and water usage, and improves livelihoods in the process”.

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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.

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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