CEO and founder, Waste2Wear
Monique Maissan is a China-based Dutch entrepreneur and textile engineer specialized in Circular Economy solutions for the textile industry. Awarded in 2012 as “Enterprising Woman of the Year” she is the CEO and founder of Waste2Wear, a company producing fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles and responsible fashion. As the driving force behind multiple enterprises and social initiatives, Monique leads a committed team towards sustainable innovation combining business with environmental impact to create consumer value. This unique approach has led to cooperations with some of the largest multinationals in the world to improve their CSR, creating comprehensive solutions that enhance environmental performance while adding value to their brands. The innovations in her company, have been acknowledged with the Sustainability Award from the European Economic and Sustainability Committee in 2014. Monique has also founded different social programs. Waste2Weave, started in 2014, was designed to improve the livelihood of Indian women working on hand-looms. Green fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles in combination with local natural fibers like organic cotton are used to make high-quality products like scarves, bags and even high-end ladies fashion. These fabrics remade by local rural Indian women, improving their livelihoods while creating awareness about the plastic waste problem. Plastic Catch is another initiative co-founded by Monique, in partnership with the East-West Philanthropy Forum to reward fishermen that take plastic out of the ocean. This project is subsidized with waste from companies that generate large amounts of plastic and is aimed at creating circular economy solutions and create awareness about the plastic problem.