SOURCE: Dopper


April 10, 2013 06:00 ET

Reusable Bottles Introduced to American Market by Advocates for the Reduction of Single-Use Plastic

Fast-Growing Dutch Social Enterprise Establishes U.S. Embassy in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 10, 2013) - Born out of a 2010 crowdsourcing design competition in Europe, Dopper reusable water bottles have quickly gained momentum in Holland and are now being introduced in the U.S.

The Dutch social enterprise which is part for-profit 'Dopper' and part nonprofit 'Dopper Foundation' was founded by entrepreneur Merijn Everaarts who after watching a 'plastic soup' documentary was determined to create a sustainable consumer product to help reduce single-use plastic waste.

On World Water Day, the Dopper Foundation presented a Clean Oceans Awareness Campaign at San Francisco's UN Plaza where 500+ residents surfed a huge 14 foot plastic wave made of 6,000 single-use plastic bottles (the amount we throw away every four seconds in the U.S. of which, less than 20% is recycled). Onsite, a short stop-motion video featuring the plastic wave surfers was created. The plastic wave, designed by noted sculptor Marco Cochrane will be on display at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival taking place April 20-21.

Everaarts has tapped Dutch National, Irene Rompa to run the first Dopper Embassy outside of Holland. Dopper U.S. marks the launch of Dopper's eight embassy (Holland, U.S., Hong Kong, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy), four continent roll out set for 2016 completion. Rompa, a passionate Millennial is also a sought after sustainability speaker.

"Establishing Dopper in the United States is paramount to our global strategy," says Rompa. "We had a fantastic reception to the World Water Day S.O.S. campaign and have just begun to engage U.S. retailers surrounding distribution." Dopper donates 10% of its proceeds (not revenues) to the Dopper Foundation for clean water access projects in Nepal and educational campaigns around single-use plastic waste. Dopper was immediately profitable and in less than three years, close to 3% of the Dutch population now owns a Dopper bottle.

About -- Dopper is a social enterprise that exists to reduce plastic waste, promote the use of filtered tap water, and support clean drinking water access projects. Founded by Merijn Everaarts in 2010, Dopper is staffed with creative professionals passionate about reducing single-use plastic waste. Dopper is a member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. Bottles designed by Rinke van Remortel, made in Holland with a net zero carbon footprint: Dutch design for a better world.

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