We believe in doing business for good and it says a lot about us. Waste2Wear was created to be a company dedicated to create beautiful products that are kind to the environment and the textile workers.
In the early 2000s, it was only possible to make thick, dark, and stiff fibres from recycled materials. With a small team, collaborating with the local Chinese Government, Universities, and research institutions, Waste2Wear mastered the process of making high-quality polyester fibers from recycled plastic bottles (RPET). This was the game-changer permitting the company to live its dream of doing business for good. From that moment, it was possible to begin making yarn, fabric, and garments from RPET and it opened the doors for collaborations with sustainable businesses that look after solving the plastic waste problem by implementing a sustainable business model.
This was the birth of the brand Waste2Wear, which is still a pioneer in the industry. To truly make an impact, pioneering is not enough. Continuous research, development, and innovation are key to staying at the top of sustainable companies. In 2018 Waste2Wear launched the Ocean Plastics Program along with the support of the Dutch Government, the Chinese Government, TU Delft, Donghua University, Tongli University, and various Chinese government approved NGOs. This program prevents additional plastic from ending up in the rivers and oceans.
Ever since Waste2Wear was founded, it challenged the fashion and textile industry to be a force for good. By applying circular economy solutions and a clear focus on reducing plastic waste through a sustainable business model, we bring a positive environmental impact.
In the next ten years, wherein sustainability can no longer be ignored, Waste2Wear’s goal is to replace all virgin polyester in fabrics with recycled qualities within a responsible, traceable and measurable value chain.
We can do this because of our trusted network of knowledgeable partners and reliable suppliers, including a dynamic circle of waste collectors, NGOs, governments, and many more; together we call it our WE-CO SYSTEM.
Our collaborations tell a lot about us, not only being limited to brands and commercial partners, but also social collaborations that aim to bring improvements in the lives of populations in remote areas of the world and increase the quality of wildlife and animals. We have the honour to collaborate with Jane Goodall Institute and FlipFlopi and we aim to do more in the next few years.
Waste2wear does not own recycling plants or factories but works with several partners to tailor-make the necessary supply chain for each customer. We select the partners and ensure that the right recycled material is used and that the highest quality levels are maintained throughout the process and for the finished product.
While the fashion industry is rapidly moving towards sustainability, our track record shows we are green at our core and innovation is in our DNA. Ever since Waste2Wear was founded, it challenged the fashion and textile industry to be a force for good. By applying circular economy solutions and a clear focus on reducing plastic waste, we bring a positive environmental impact. Believing ‘a force for good’ goes beyond addressing environmental impact, we’ve set up several programs, like the Waste2Wear Ocean Plastics Project.