About us

Our story

Race Against Waste engages young generations to get started with sustainability. Through educational action campaigns, children from more than 600 primary schools in the Netherlands, Germany and France learn about the circular economy and energy saving every year.

Race Against Waste has three projects: the E-waste Race, the Textile Race and the Energy Race. During these projects, children learn about the impact of our consumption behaviour and energy consumption on people and the environment. But much more importantly, they learn what you can do about it!

During a race, different school teams compete against each other to make as much impact as possible. The teams receive points for carrying out repairs, organising swaps, energy-saving actions and collecting items for reuse and recycling. To score as many points as possible, they campaign in their own neighbourhoods and involve parents, neighbours and family in the race. With the points earned, children can win a great school trip. In this way, Race Against Waste makes contributing to a more beautiful world fun, educational and easy!
 

Mission

Race Against Waste inspires and involves everyone to participate in accelerating the transition to a circular economy. By offering practical solutions, we involve as many people as possible in a positive way to make an impact together.
 

Vision

We dream of a world without waste!

A world where abundance is not taken for granted but where we use what we need with care. What we buy and consume is produced with respect for people who receive a good living wage and can work under dignified conditions. What we buy and consume has been produced without even the slightest degradation to our environment. That means no more emissions of harmful substances and substances that accelerate climate change. And that means that products or materials always return to the cycle. There is no further depletion of scarce resources from the earth, either for our products or for our energy supply.
 

Team

We are a young, impact-driven team who are all committed to creating a liveable world for everyone in a positive and enthusiastic way.
 

Our team

Timmy

Timmy de Vos

Director

“Contributing to a greener, more beautiful world is great fun and can be done in small steps. It is motivating and rewarding, I'd like to show this to everyone!”

Nando 1

Nando Zwambag

Team manager & project manager

"Together we can actively contribute to a sustainable world with respect for nature and our living environment."

Nienke Bouw

Nienke Bouw

Project manager

"A circular world starts with you. Are you with me?"

Pepijn

Pepijn Rademakers

Account manager & project manager

“Together towards a circular economy!”

Marlin Adriaansen

Marlin Adriaansen

Communication & project manager

'Be kind' - to yourself, others and the world we live on. That is my motto!

Amy van Vliet - van der Wal

Amy van Vliet - van der Wal

Project manager

Full of positive energy, I hope to contribute to the transition to a circular economy together with a passionate and enthusiastic team!

Esthy Meijer

Esthy Meijer

Project manager

Annemarie Voorsluys

Annemarie Voorsluys

International Business Manager

I want to fully commit to a sustainable society and I tend to run for it myself. But together you get much further and it's much more fun! Let's do this together!

Anne-Marie Rakhorst

Anne-Marie Rakhorst - Ambassador 

Anne-Marie Rakhorst is a renowned entrepreneur, investor and publicist in the field of sustainability. She is the founder and owner of Duurzaamheid.nl, founded Search Ingenieursbureau and was one of the founders of the '17 goals that you share' initiative, which introduces the Netherlands to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Anne-Marie underlines the importance of the E-waste Race and Textile Race: “Children are the leaders of tomorrow. With their open mind and strong sense of justice, they can get to the heart of what really matters in the world, they can do this better than adults. We create a major impact by providing them with information in a playful way. Children naturally enthuse the rest of the family and their grandparents. At the same time, the Textile Race ensures that all textiles that are collected are not incinerated, but are returned to the cycle. This combination contributes enormously to a circular textile chain and I am happy to support such a great initiative!”