Alwin Papegaaij started his career at DSM in 2006 as a chemist in the field of polyester synthesis and became an experienced technician in lab-scale, scale-up and full scale polymer production. He then broadened his knowledge base and experience in the field of synthesis of bio-based monomers for the production of binders, e.g. for water-based coating systems. In 2016 Alwin joined the Niaga team as Niaga’s Application Development Specialist, combining his broad polymer/polyester knowledge with his drive for a more sustainable society to re-design products, together with the manufacturers of those products, to enable them to create a circular business. He redesigned various products, including carpet, furniture panels, mattresses and other innovative applications. As circular business within Niaga is becoming more successful and versatile, Alwin now focuses on the redesigning of mattresses together with a broad range of international partners, where he is the material expert for the circular mattress based on the Niaga® polyester technology and adhesive.