More than half of all old and damaged textiles in the Netherlands are poorly collected. At the moment, many people still throw their textiles in the residual waste, where they are incinerated (read more about textiles in residual waste in the Netherlands here). Also, a lot of clothes are lying unused in people's closets. This is happening while the amount of textiles continues to grow, which has a huge negative impact on people and the environment. For example, textiles are often produced under poor working conditions. We must address this! The Textile Race combines education with a fun collection campaign and makes repairing and collecting old and damaged textiles fun, educational and easy. Watch the video to see how and why we do it!
During a race, 10 elementary school classes in a municipality or region compete with old and broken textiles. A race starts with an interactive guest lesson. We teach the children all about the world hidden behind their jeans and t-shirts. It is a huge shame when textiles go to waste, while their production has such a big negative impact. We emphasize the importance of buying less, buying consciously, repairing, reusing and collecting properly, which has a positive impact on people and the environment. This way we can extend the life cycle of our textiles and valuable raw materials are returned to the textile cycle!
Then it's time for action! The children of grade 6,7 and/or 8 will work for four weeks repairing and collecting old or broken textiles. With this they earn points. They campaign and inform everyone about the Textile Race. They involve their family, friends and the whole neighborhood in collecting textiles. Neighbors can register textiles at www.textielrace.nl to have them collected from their homes free of charge. The children approach national and local media to draw attention to the textile problem. They also earn points when they repair clothing and give it a second life. The winning school wins a cool field trip!
Through the Textile Races we raise awareness about consuming, reusing, repairing and recycling among the young generation! Together with these driven circular heroes we make an impact!
Check out the results achieved here!
We work together with municipalities and local collectors. They make sure that the textile is sorted in a responsible way for reuse or recycling. More than half of the textiles that we collect are selected for reuse, giving them a second life. Per race, we collect an average of 14,000 kg of textiles, thus saving over 192 tons of CO2 per race!
The Textile Race shows children and their environment that it is fun and easy to contribute to a circular economy. Research by TU Eindhoven shows that the project causes a lasting change in behavior during and after the race. Recent research also shows that children have the greatest influence on the sustainable behavior of their parents: 'The Greta Effect'. Because children influence their parents and environment, we take everyone with us in the transition to a circular economy.
Enthusiastic and would you also like to organize a Textile Race with us? Please contact us!