Monique Maissan, founder and CEO of Waste2Wear, runs a purpose driven company that creates sustainable fabrics that the earth loves and consumers can verify. Through innovative recycling processes, Waste2Wear transforms pre-landfill and ocean bound plastic bottles into recycled yarns and fabric creations.

Under her stewardship as a textile engineer, Waste2Wear innovated their own blockchain technology that is unlocked by scanning a QR code on product. This reveals the environmental savings of each production run and a video showing how plastic is turned into fabrics. In 2018 Monique devised a method to transform polypropylene from discarded domestic appliances and take-out containers into recycled (RPP) bags. In the same year she created a revolutionary RPET RA-3 chemical testing method, that identifies plastic bottle content in yarns and fabrics to tackle the problem of fake-RPET.

Monique collaborates with NGOs and a variety of stakeholders to create awareness and solutions to protect our planet. She is an executive board member of the McKinsey-founded Delterra, an environmental non-profit and has a long standing relationship with The Jane Goodall Institute. She is the recipient of several awards for her work in sustainability.

Some Awards and keynote speaking events:

  • 2023 Sustainability, Environmental Achievement and Leadership (SEAL) Award Winner for Top Sustainability and CSR leaders.
  • 2023 American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham) KBC CSR Awards, Best of Benelux Best Company Award: Top 4 winner
  • 2022 American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham) CSR Awards Winner of The Innovation Award for recycled polypropylene (RPP) bags
  • 2022 China Plastics Reuse and Recycling Association (CPRRA) Golden Apples Award in the Innovative Recycling Model category for blockchain
  • 2022 World Sustainability Award finalist in the Circular Economy category
  • 2022 World Sustainability Award finalist in the Future Leader category
  • 2022 Plastic Recycling Conference Asia (PRCA) India, Woman Leader in Plastic Recycling Award
  • 2022 Packaging Awards of Canada (PAC) Innovative Sustainable Packaging for RPP bags
  • 2021 World Sustainability Award, Most Sustainable Supply Chain for Waste2Wear blockchain
  • 2021 Entrepreneur’s Organisation (EO) Sustainable Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • 2021 European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC) Sustainable Business Award for RPET RA-3 Recycling Assurance Test
  • 2020 European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC) Sustainable Business Award for recycled polypropylene (RPP) products


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