When Monique Maissan, an ambitious textile engineer moved from The Netherlands to China in 1998, she was on a mission. Always passionate about textiles, she was conflicted by how damaging the industry is to the environment. This drove her to start Vision Textiles; a company dedicated to creating beautiful products, that are kind to the environment and to the textile workers.
In the early 2000s it was only possible to make thick, dark and stiff fibres from recycled materials. By 2007 Maissan and her small team, collaborating with the local Chinese Government, Universities and research institutions mastered the process of making high quality polyester fibers from recycled plastic bottles (RPET). This was the game changer permitting Maissan to live her dream of doing business for good. The following year, Vision Textiles began making yarn, fabric and garments from RPET.
This was the birth of the brand Waste2Wear, which is still a pioneer in the industry. In 2016 the company name changed from Vision Textiles to Waste2Wear, to emphasize that the team is totally focused on innovating products from recycled plastics.
To truly make an impact, pioneering is not enough. Continuous research, development and innovation is key to staying at the top. 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.
The R&D team launched the industry first blockchain technology in 2019 which ensures total transparency and traceability within the complete supply chain. This system, verified by a series of smart contracts provides indisputable evidence of the origin of the feedstock right through to delivery of the finished product. This level of clarity answers the demand from todays discerning clients.
Waste2Wear is the proud recipient of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC) Sustainable Business Award for two years running. In 2021 they won this highly coveted award for their Recycling Assurance Three Step (RA-3) testing method. RA-3 is a patent-pending test developed by Waste2Wear and verified by esteemed testing and consulting company Wessling, that identifies if products are made from recycled plastic bottles and to what percentage.
In 2020 they won the EUCCC Sustainable Business Award for their world-first post-consumer products made from recycled polypropylene (RPP). These products are made from discarded household appliances including fridges, dish washers and car dashboards finding a second life for this form of plastic.
The team is currently developing new innovations in recycled nylon and producing hard plastics from recycled materials. Waste2Wear will always be innovating to stay ahead.