Monique Maissan is a Dutch entrepreneur and textile engineer specialising in sustainable solutions for the industry. As CEO and founder of Waste2Wear, she leads a committed team in creating products from recycled plastic bottles (RPET) since 2007, making them a true pioneer in the industry.
Monique has recently won the Sustainable Entrepreneur of the Year Award, by Entrepreneur’s Organization in 2021.
In 2018, she introduced ocean fabrics in collaboration with local NGOs to target highly congested coastal areas to collect post-consumer, pre-ocean plastic to create new ocean yarns, fabrics, garments and other products. Monique was instrumental in developing the world first post-consumer recycled polypropylene products made from discarded domestic appliances such as fridges and washing machines etc and the creation of the first Blockchain technology in the recycling industry to ensure transparency and full trace-ability of the complete supply chain
In 2021 she introduced the world-first, fully certified testing method to verify RPET content in fabrics, (RA-3) to prove if something is really made from recycled plastic bottles and to what percentage.
Monique has won several awards and is recognised as an influential speaker at numerous global conferences and events.
Jeroen is an entrepreneur, specializing in international trade with South East Asia for over three decades. He has spent many years living and working in Hong Kong and The Netherlands. Jeroen has extensive experience working in the textile and promotional industries. He was managing partner of The Cookie Company for many years, producing licensed kids apparel for several multinational customers. Through Jeroen’s leadership skills he has re-organized different companies and implemented systems to support these businesses. His experience has taught him that clear processes and structures are key to improving commercial success, and satisfaction.
Jeroen is delighted to join Waste2Wear as Chief Operating Officer as he is passionate about sustainability and brings decades of results focus with him. In this capacity, his goal is to help reduce plastic consumption in order to create a better world for our children. He will be a cohesive force within Waste2Wear to improve efficiencies and further strengthen the teams. In combination with a healthy business drive, he is determined to help further the Waste2Wear mission of relieving the planet of the plastic problem by innovating products made from recycled plastics using traceable and transparent supply chains.
Eduardo Garza Garcia is a Mexican designer and entrepreneur specializing in sustainable solutions for plastics. His mission is to create a variety of products made from recycled plastics to make a positive environmental impact.
He believes that bold innovation and transparency in business are essential for true sustainable development and the key to solving some of the most pressing environmental and social issues. Under his leadership, Waste2Wear has created numerous 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 including the highly coveted World Sustainability Award in the supply chain category for blockchain technology. Eduardo is truly an innovator in the world of recycled plastics constantly working for new ways to bring more transparency to the recycling industry.
André is a Brazilian Marketing professional with years of experience. Experience mostly in FMCG and fashion industries. Being born in a country with blessed nature and working for both industries has lead André to question their production methods and their consequences to the environment.
André is now based in Ireland and uses his brand strategy knowledge to established cooperations between Waste2Wear and other brands to help them tell the sustainable story they are building with our company.
Bart Nijsink has over 20 years’ experience in the textile industry covering fashion, outdoor and sportswear. During this time he spent several years working internationally in Hong Kong, China, Indonesia and Chile.
He has extensive knowledge about yarns and fabrics made from recycled plastics.
Bart’s passion for nature and the outdoors drove him to work with a textile company really making a positive impact in the industry.
He is proud to contribute to sustainability within the textile industry and do business for good.