SOURCE: Dopper Foundation

Dopper Foundation

March 20, 2013 10:35 ET

6,000 Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles Thrown Away Every 4 Seconds in the US Alone

Waste Re-Imagined as Surfable 14 Foot Plastic Wave to Raise Clean Oceans Awareness

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 20, 2013) - On Friday, the Dopper Foundation is inviting Bay Area residents to San Francisco's UN Plaza to surf a huge 14 foot plastic wave, made of 6,000 single-use plastic water bottles to help raise awareness about how everyone can contribute to cleaner oceans.

Who: Presented by the Dopper Foundation, passionate about reducing plastic waste and supporting clean water access in Nepal
What: World Water Day clean oceans campaign

  • Wave made of 6,000 single-use plastic bottles
  • Surfboard attached to the bottom of the wave; frame welded by noted sculptor Marco Cochrane
  • Visitors invited to 'ride' the plastic wave by posing on the surfboard while their picture is taken
  • All pictures turn into a stop motion video that will be released the same evening

Where: UN Plaza, San Francisco
When: Friday, March 22, 11am-6pm (official opening at 1pm)

"Of the 6,000 single-use bottles tossed away, less than 20% is recycled," says Irene Rompa, co-founder Dopper US. "The rest goes to landfill and directly in our oceans where it forms an everlasting soup killing sea life."

Rompa and her team partnered with the San Francisco Department of Environment to put the wave together. The single-use plastic bottles used to build the wave were generously provided by recycling leader Sims Metal Management rated the 15th most sustainable company in the world at the World Economic Forum for the 5th year in a row.

"Bottled water has negative environmental impacts, which start with the extraction of resources, continue with transportation and packaging and finally they frequently end up in landfills or as litter on our streets or in our Bay," notes Melanie Nutter, director, San Francisco Department of the Environment. "Hetch Hetchy reservoir provides San Francisco with healthy, economical and tasty water that is readily available and a viable alternative to bottled water."

"UN Plaza is the ideal location for our World Water Day campaign," adds Rompa. The United Nations General Assembly established World Water Day in 1993 to highlight the challenges associated with water.

About -- Sims Metal Management is the world's largest listed metal recycler with approximately 270 facilities and 6,600 employees globally. Sims' core businesses are metal recycling and electronics recycling.

About -- Dopper Foundation is an international nonprofit based in Holland. The Foundation was created by Dopper, a social enterprise that makes sustainable reusable water bottles now being introduced to the US market. Dopper donates 10% of its proceeds to the Foundation for clean water access projects in Nepal and educational campaigns around single-use plastic waste. Dopper is a member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. Dopper bottles are designed by Rinke van Remortel, made in Holland with a net zero carbon footprint.

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