Textile Race

A fun and educational way to collect old clothing and textiles!

Contribute with
what you wear!

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!

  • In 2020 we started our first Textile Races in The Netherlands and soon we will come to France! 
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The Textile Race


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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 that is hidden behind their jeans and t-shirts. It is a huge shame if textiles go to waste, while their production has such a large 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. In this way we can extend the life cycle of our textiles and valuable raw materials will return to the textile cycle! 

Then it's time for action! The children of group 6,7 and / or 8 go four weeks long to work on 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 entire neighborhood in the collection of 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 great school 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! The table below shows the average results per race:

14.009 kg

192.624 kg 


collected textile
per race 
CO2 emissions saved
per race*
 number of repairs
per race 

* 7705 kg (55% of 14,009 kg) x 25 kg CO2
Per kilogram of reused textiles, 25 kg of CO2 is saved.



In regular collection an average of 55% of the textile is suitable for reuse. Sorting analyses by partners show that this percentage is higher in Textile Race collection than in regular collection:

"At the Textile Race Knol Recycling 2022 collected a total of 14,280 kg of textiles. Of this, no less than 66% was reusable and 33% was recyclable quality."

Also, much of the textile is store quality:

"During the Textile Races Brabantse Wal and West Brabant with partner De Kringloper, no less than 25% store quality was collected. That's 15% more than usual!!

Our partners

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!