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WESSLING & Waste2Wear: RPET Assurance Partnership

Fake RPET is a growing challenge in the textile industry. A large proportion of fabrics sold as recycled polyester (RPET) is in fact virgin material. The Waste2Wear patent pending three step verification process RA-3 assures that source material is plastic bottles. In a new collaboration with Waste2Wear, testing and consulting company WESSLING has verified the RA-3 process as an accurate and reliable test of RPET.
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June 23, 2021
RPET Verification Collaboration

Recycling targets have already been laid down in year 1994 in Europe. The “Single-Use Plastics Directive 2” for example says that it is appropriate to call for a minimum content of recycled material in plastic bottles. With such products on market advertised to have a specific content of recycling material, and with laws asking to have a minimum recycling content, today there is an increasing need for testing methods to check and verify the amount of recycling material contained in a product.

How does the verified by WESSLING RA-3 Three Step Assurance test work?

  • Allows testing of any fabric claiming to be made from recycled plastic bottles
  • Verifies if materials is from recycled bottles, as well as the percentage of RPET in the sample
  • Includes three steps: A chemical analysis, microscopic assessment and document validation
  • All products tested receive an RA-3 certificate verified by WESSLING

Waste2Wear has delivered high quality polyester fabrics made from recycled plastics since 2010. Mainly serving B2B, the portfolio of high-quality products made from RPET today includes apparel such as fashion, sportswear, workwear and uniforms, interior textiles such as furniture fabrics, upholstery and curtains as well as promotional items such as shopping bags. Waste2Wear is well known for their transparent supply chain. In addition to the patent pending RA-3 test, the company was also the first in the industry to implement a blockchain  tracing system to allow tracing back from the product to the bottle.

The RA-3 testing service is available for all brands, both customers of Waste2Wear and others. Reach out to RA3testing@waste2wear.com for more information on how to get the new 3rd party Verified by WESSLING certificate for any RPET product. 

Monique Maissan, founder and CEO, Waste2Wear  about the new partnership

WESSLING is one of the most recognized certification companies in the world, and we are very happy to announce this partnership. Our R&D team developed the RA-3 test as an extra assurance for our customers. The 3rd party verification by WESSLING, both of our process and for each test we undertake, provides confidence to brands who promote their use of RPET and eliminate the risk of false claims. We are very happy to receive this recognition of our R&D work, and look forward to offering this service to any global brand selling RPET products. 

Dr. Michael Jahnz from WESSLING about the new partnership

WESSLING, a company active in the fields of laboratory analysis and consulting is glad to collaborate with Waste2Wear, an innovative pioneer in the field of recycling of PET bottles to make high quality fabrics, textiles and wear from it. In fact, detecting and proving recycling content is a very challenging task but highly needed in the market. The RA-3 method which was developed in-house of Waste2Wear and checked by WESSLING is a very interesting approach for an independent test. We are very delighted to strengthen our collaboration in this area in the future.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Finalist of “Future Leader” World Sustainability Awards 2022;
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“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