A dating site for secondary materials

Your waste is a revenue stream

The Excess Materials Exchange is a digital facilitated marketplace where your company can exchange any excess materials and products. We function like a dating site: We actively match supply and demand and materials with their highest-value reuse opportunity.

The EME enables you to:

Find out how it works

Increase your secondary resource use

Are you ready for 2030?

Over 400 companies have signed the Dutch Resources Agreement. This agreement specifies that in 2030 50% of all resources in the Dutch economy need to be non-virgin. In 2050 a 100% of these resources need to be secondary.

The EME provides a reliable source for buying and selling of secondary materials. By using our marketplace your R&D time for sourcing secondary resources can be reduced by as much as 85%.

Turn your waste into a revenue stream

At the moment, waste processing costs represent on average 5% of the total revenue of a company. With the EME we help you turn your waste into wealth.

By offering your materials, components, and products on the marketplace you will get paid for them instead of paying to get rid of them. We could reduce your waste processing cost by as much as 150%.

Join our platform and receive data that enables you to make different strategic decisions and potentially unlock even more value for your company.

Achieve your sustainability goals faster

Did your company also set ambitious sustainability goals? Are you looking for tools to achieve them? Maybe even faster than planned? With the EME you can source and sell your excess materials. Fast, for transparent market prices and in a secured manner. We actively facilitate the making of high-value reuse matches of materials, components and products. Moreover, we calculate the environmental and social impact your transaction has. This proces is automated on our platform, so you can immediately include this in your annual report.

What we offer

How we work

Find out how we turn your waste into wealth. To make successful matches we use a holistic and systemic process. The following four tools are instrumental to this process:

1. Resources Passport

The resources passport helps saving material, component and product data in a structured manner by giving materials an identity.

2. Tracking & Tracing

With tracking and tracing identifiers like bar- & QR codes and chips we effectively couple materials to the resources passports and follow them through their life cycles

3. Valuation

We calculate the financial value, and the environmental and societal impact of the matches we identify.

4. Matchmaking platform

We facilitate the matchmaking of material streams to find the highest-value reuse of materials and products.

Results of the pilot

Unlocked potential for 18 streams:
843,000
car rides from Amsterdam to Copenhagen in CO2 emission reduction
23,000,000
average additional income generated from exchanging the pilot materials
11,000,000
total annual water use of this amount of citizens in the Netherlands in terms of water use reduction

Examples

Tulip flower heads

The Netherlands is famous for its tulips. After flowering the tulip heads are cut off and wasted. Growers sometimes even pay to get rid of them. Yet, they are a valuable resource in other sectors. For example, they could be converted into pigments for paint. 800kg of pigment can be retrieved from from one hectare of land. This leads to a total market in the Netherlands of all tulip field of €1,5 trillion euros in pigments.

Vitens

Water company Vitens regularly received phone calls of users that their water was oddly colored. This was due to harmless (actually healthy) organic compounds. Yet color was more important to their customers, so Vitens filtered out the organic compounds and send this excess material stream to an incinerator. Costs: half a million annually, and a waste of valuable resources. They decided they could optimize this process. Within two years they refined their purification installation and now sell the salts and organic compounds with a big profit to various companies. They also sell the technology behind the new purification installation.

Fruitleather Rotterdam

Each year we throw away 1.3 billion tons of food. Currently 30% of the world's farmland is used to produce food that will be wasted. Moreover 10% of all greenhouse gasses in rich countries is emitted by producing food that will never be eaten. The design duo Fruitleather Rotterdam transforms fruit into sustainable leather like material strong enough to be used in shoes, bags and other products.

Closing the Loop

Closing the Loop buys your redundant IT hardware - and gives it a second life. Data-secure, easy and uniquely sustainable. They also collect and buy end-of-life mobile phones in emerging markets. This social business leads to sustainable jobs, waste reduction and more recycling. With the help of their strategic partners, over 95% of the metals can be retrieved from the already collected 1 million scrap mobile phones.

Awards & Nominations

The Circulars
CE100
fd50
DJ100
Katerva
MIT35
Accenture
How we work

Team

Our vision is to reinstate waste for the valuable resource that it is.
In the process we want the word ‘waste’ to be removed from the dictionary.

Maayke Aimee Damen

Maayke Aimee Damen

Founder
With Maayke's passion for sustainability, sharp intellect and strong will it has come as no surprise to anyone that she has done some amazing things in her short career. Taking her inspiration from nature to reform economic and industrial systems, she developed the idea of the resource passport that has now been made into Dutch and European policy. Singularity University taught her that exponential technologies hold the key in our transition towards a sustainable society and can deliver the necessary tools. Through various companies and projects she has been working on creating a Circular Economy for many years. With the Excess Materials Exchange, she can now fully focus developing a worldwide inclusive Circular Economy.
Christian van Maaren

Christian van Maaren

Founder
Christian, as chronic optimist, always finds possibilities to achieve the seemingly unattainable. With his sense of humor and ability to see the bigger picture he is able to successfully align unconventional stakeholders over complex challenges, as he did many years for Shell. His vision, curiosity and wit make him a skillful entrepreneur. Driven by making the world inclusive and circular he brought light in remote places with Global Himalayan Expedition and now the Excess Materials Exchange is his new venture. He is convinced that the Circular Economy plays a paramount role in the energy-climate challenge whilst delivering sound business results.
Vikas Pandey

Vikas Pandey

CTO
Vikas is a technology enthusiast. He is always exploring how new technologies could be applied to solve complex problems and generate a business advantage. In the past, he has worked in various techno-functional roles for start-ups as well as for Fortune 100 companies. Currently, he regularly contributes to open source projects and the development of decentralised solutions (using Hyperledger). At EME, he is responsible for building and leading the technology strategy, as well as innovations that help scale the EME platform. Vikas is convinced that real progress is when society benefits from your contribution and strongly believes that EME is a great example of bringing that positive impact on the ecosystem.
Jeremy Croes

Jeremy Croes

Head of Growth
Very early on in his life Jeremy became fascinated with the link between nature and business. Inspired by the book "The Zeronauts" by John Elkington, Jeremy launched and managed the Zer0 Waste 2030 program for the biggest airport in The Netherlands. Today this airport is a global leader in the circular economy. Along the way Jeremy also founded his own companies and developed a passion for validating circular business models, e-commerce, internet marketing and growth hacking. He was a Sustainability Professional by day and a Growth Marketer by night. He founded SPINUP in 2018, which allows him to combine all his passions and help circular businesses, like the Excess Materials Exchange, grow their impact.
Julia van Boven

Julia van Boven

Partner on textiles from ABN AMRO
Julia closely collaborates with the EME team to reduce textiles waste and increase the use of post-consumer textiles in the fashion industry. During her studies in philosophy and masters in applied ethics she developed a strong interest in the concept of fairness. This interest led her to the topic of climate change, which can be described as the perfect moral storm. For the last two years she has worked at the Sustainable Finance Desk of ABN AMRO. Here she inspires, unites and helps her colleagues to finance more sustainable and circular businesses. She also works on innovative propositions for ABN AMRO and helps commercial clients with circular innovation in their company.
Jasper Roosendaal

Jasper Roosendaal

Analyst & Resources Passport Lead
Jasper, co-founder and consultant of the Circular Economy Academy, has a background in environmental studies and sustainable business innovation. Having worked as a sustainability consultant for multiple circular initiatives and companies, his strong analytic skills and eye for detail allow him to be a sturdy backbone in his projects. Combining his feeling for sustainable entrepreneurship and experience working with the blockchain, he firmly believes EME is the perfect embodiment of his vision for how Circular Economy should be done. Therefore, he will put every skill to the test to help EME grow as a cornerstone solution for sustainable growth in our society.
Jeffrey Wiering

Jeffrey Wiering

Analyst & Business development
Through his experience as circular consultancy intern at Metabolic, Jeffrey developed a fine balance between idealism and pragmatism. He knows how to get things done, properly. The skills and creativity he applies in his music production are reflected in his work and support to make EME grow and prosper. During his academic career, he co-founded Fixy, matching supply and demand through a two-sided marketplace for the refurbishment of bikes, just like EME matches supply and demand for excess materials. With plenty of zen to feed the entire team, a keen eye for detail and a capability for marathon like sprints, he is a perfect match with EME.
Remi Elzinga

Remi Elzinga

Analyst & Business development
When it comes to innovation and sustainability, Remi is a true fanatic. His multi-disciplinary background in neuro, behavioral and environmental sciences allow him to solve challenges in original and creative ways. As brilliant as his recipes, Remi brings new flavors to the table when it comes to tackling sustainability challenges. He believes dedication and intellect are necessary traits to create results, but only strong teamwork grants success. This is what makes Remi a great player within the Excess Materials Exchange. His vision of implementing a circular economy through innovative technology and cross-sectoral collaboration is what connected him to EME. Armed with this vision, a curious mindset and a wide variety of skills he is most-ready for the challenge.
Caspar Aardenburg

Caspar Aardenburg

Analyst & Resources Passport Lead
Caspar’s drive originates from the roots of nature. Starting in the study of holistic environmental systems, ecology, and a strong interest for society and economics, he is like a duck takes to water when it comes to circular economy. Through collaboration with several start-ups, governmental agencies in Singapore, and a master’s in business innovation, he can approach business problems from a wide variety of angles. Except for trivia, Caspar could be in no better place than EME to flourish. Constantly asking the “why” and “how” of things, with a critical mindset, he can crack any problem, providing unconventional solutions in line with the bigger picture.
The team

Partners

We work together with the following companies on realising a circular economy
filler
ABN Amro
Copper8
Stibbe
Alba concepts
Philips
DSM
Sodexo
Ahrend
Heembouw
ProRail
Rijkswaterstaat
Schiphol
Climate-KIC
Yes!Delft
Stichting Doen
SDG
Partners

Media

Read more about the EME through media coverage on us

ABN-AMRO: "Circulaire economie schreeuwt om data"

Duurzaambedrijfsleven: "DSM, Schiphol, Prorail en Rijkswaterstaat gaan online beurs op om restmaterialen uit te wisselen"

Copper8: "De MRA wordt circulair, doe mee!"

Media

Frequently asked questions

Looking for more information? See our FAQ below or send us a message.

Any material, component or product can be exchanged on the EME. Waste in one sector usually remains waste in that sector and the possibilities for high value reuse are low. Think about coffee leftovers. This remains waste in the restaurant sector. Optimization by for example drying and burning the leftovers at the restaurant is not always the most optimal solution. The leftovers are a valuable resource for mushroom growers. In the pilot we have circular economy A-players and frontrunners as participants. These companies, like yours, very often already have an insight into their material streams. Together we will look for the most optimal reuse opportunities for any type of the material streams between sectors and industries to truly create a circular economy.

Yes, Blockchain Technology will ensure the safe exchange of proprietary data. Companies will remain the owner of their own sensitive data while materials will be traced anonymously. The blockchain also ensures non-corruptibility and traceability of supply chains and will help prevent frauds.

Our fuzzy matching tool connects available material streams with relevant data of thousands of scientific papers and patents. This allows us to quickly identify alternative uses for each material. Eventually an AI toolkit will be developed to initially aid and ultimately automate the matchmaking between supply and demand, and between materials and their highest value reuse opportunity.

We are continuously improving our software. At the moment it is not possible to automatically link your database to ours and upload your data like that. However, do not hesitate to contact us and tell us your needs. We are working hard on making this possible.

With a fully functioning EME the logistics will just be a click away. Until that time and during the pilot logistics we will investigate how to optimise the logistics.

Our partner Stibbe helps us and your company to investigate and overcome the legal barriers for the high value and appropriate exchange of excess materials. We are making an inventory of the most common barriers and will publish those in a report.

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