About Trashpackers

The Trashpackers movement is a community of backpackers who are cleaning up as much trash around the world as they can. Our mission is to create more awareness for the plastic pollution problem. We realise that cleaning up isn’t enough. That’s why we’ve established a long-term vision in order to contribute to possible solutions:


Trashpackers is all about what you can do to change the world. We don’t want to wait until the leaders of our society decide to finally clean up. Instead, we encourage individuals to take the initiative by themselves! Moreover, cleaning up our world should be a fun occasion! Hence why we provide a playful platform for everyone who proactively wants to be part of the solution.


The plastic pollution problem is the world’s responsibility. Our actions speak louder than words. We gain awareness on a local level, as Trashpackers draw attention to themselves whilst cleaning up and on an international level, by getting the message across to the media. Together we contribute to a discourse about plastic waste, throughout society. 


We are stimulating intercultural relationships by bringing backpackers into contact with local communities. As backpackers, we are guests in another country. Just like when you’re invited to your friend’s home, you bring some food out of courtesy, we help maintain the beauty of countries we visit in return. Trashpacking is “give something back”-packing.


We’re supplying information about the global trash problem inside and outside the community. We educate participants during the cleanups about the consequences of trash, what we can do about it and how to inspire others to do the same. Besides that, we are developing workshops for local communities who have a passion for teaching, to educate children on the global waste problem.

Trashpackers Foundation (i.o.)

Trashpackers Foundation (i.o.) is a Dutch-based non-profit foundation. Trashpackers is becoming a PBO (Public Benefit Organisation or ANBI in Dutch). Chamber of Commerce subscription and statutes follow soon.

Trashpackers Team

Trashpackers is a non-profit foundation and for this reason almost fully run by volunteers. We’re thanking our volunteers for supporting our mission and dedicating time to the Trashpacker.

Special thanks

We’d like to say a special thank you to: