ABOUT US

Ecodefend was started by a registered nurse from Hobart. . .

Kaitlyn Cooke Director of Eco Defend Compostable Face Masks

Just one hour of a shift on a children’s COVID ward, using 10 single-use masks, 10 single-use gowns, 10 single-use pairs of gloves, an idea was born.

During a nursing shift in 2020, Kaitlyn Cooke, was taking care of a tiny baby. He was in distress and wanted constant comfort and because it was during COVID parents weren’t allowed on the wards.

Every time Kaitlyn went in to tend to him meant a fresh set of infection-preventing PPE, all heading to landfill after their short use. She couldn’t believe how much waste one tiny patient used.

Yes, covid created unusual times, but honestly, were we that much greener before? Why isn’t environmentally friendlier equipment the norm in our industry yet?

Because no one had created any yet… So, Kaitlyn created one herself!

Kaitlyn is the founder of an all-things product design “Ecodefend”.  Having worked as a healthcare professional, she studied the technical detail of what the masks require and how to make them more comfortable for the wearer.  Kaitlyn has a real passion for a healthier environment and loves working with materials, dealing with manufacturers and waste companies to find the best possible way to manufacture and dispose of our products.  

OUR TEAM

Kaitlyn Cooke

Kaitlyn Cooke

Founder | Head of Product Development

Kaitlyn is the founder and head of all things product design.  Having worked as a healthcare professional, she knows the technical detail of what the masks require and how to make them most comfortable for the wearer.  Kaitlyn loves working with materials and also with waste companies to find the best way to manufacture and dispose of our products.  

Trevor Oldfield AM KSJ JP

Trevor Oldfield AM KSJ JP

Chairperson

Having spent most of his life in Western Sydney, Trevor has acquired a significant depth of knowledge which enables him to identify many needs within the Community with genuine care and compassion. He has enjoyed working with a diverse range of community and charitable organisations, such as the State Emergency Services from age 14, Kids West Children’s Charity, The Millennium Foundation Westmead, Variety, Ronald MacDonald House and the Blacktown City Lions Club.

In 2006 Trevor was awarded the Order of Australia for Community Service and also awarded the Government of NSW Premier Award for Community Service. In 2014 he was granted membership as a Knight in the Order of St John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller,

Having more than 35 years’ experience within the philanthropic Community as a company Director and holding various roles within Senior Management, Trevor has acquired a wonderfully diverse amount of experience. Trevor has a Certificate IV in Financial and Credit Management and Diploma’s in Business Management and Human Resources.

Trevor currently holds the position of Chairman of Ecodefend, Executive Director of Kids West Children’s Charity, President of the Greater Blacktown Business Chamber and President of NBC Sports Club.

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​Full-time Program Operations Manager Westmead Hospital, for Infectious Diseases; NSW Biocontainment Centre and Sexual Health. Portfolios include HR, Recruitment and Finance overseeing 20 Staff and Clinicians. 2010 to current. Previously I have worked in Hospitality, Engineering, Fashion and Food Industries. I have excellent business acumen having run my own business for 8 years in the V8 Supercar Industry.

I have more than 20 years’ experience in Senior Management. My accreditations include Diploma in Human Resources; Certificate IV in Corporate Governance; Diploma in Leadership and Management, Capability Manager Program, various Finance courses and Event Management. I have a strong background in the development, implementation and review of Policies and Procedures for NBC Sports Club and NSW Health.

I am currently a Director & Treasurer at NBC Sports Club and a member of the Clubs NSW Club Directors Institute. Director and Secretary of the Greater Blacktown Business Chamber and Director of Ecodefend. I am also a member of Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

I enjoy working with local communities and fundraising for various causes and supporting Foodbank NSW/ACT, Kids West Children’s Charity, and Blacktown City Lions Club.

OUR VISION AND MISSION

VISION

We’re pioneering a shift in global healthcare – where both human health and the health of our planet are protected.

MISSION

Championing global change, we will create revolutionary solutions and drive widespread policy reform and education to redefine healthcare’s ecological imprint. We will establish ourselves as trailblazers in the field to propel healthcare into a new era of sustainability.

MORE TESTIMONIALS

“What an amazing product! We use so many of these in a day, sometimes for less than 2 minutes wear and the impact on the environment is undeniable. These are comfortable, soft breathable. Can’t wait to support this product some more!”

Elizabeth Mann, Paediatric Doctor

“The mask is most comfortable and doing its job. But most importantly, its friendly to our one and only planet earth!”

Sophia Yi-Ping Shih – Emergency doctor

“When introduced to this mask by Kaitlyn, I was surprised to hear all the information of how it is ECO friendly, it’s so refreshing to know there is someone out there who cares enough. The word will be spread about this wonderful mask, which is comfortable to wear, and nil odours to annoy you.”

Karen Challenger – Paediatric nurse