Merijn Everaarts started out as an entrepreneur in the event and marketing business. Today, the Dutchman has only one priority: his initiative for a better world, Dopper, a social enterprise to make an impact on reducing plastic waste by providing a sustainable water bottle for (filtered) tap water.
Concerning the start of Dopper, Merijn says the following: “in 2009 I saw a shocking documentary about the enormous amount of plastic waste that finds its way to our oceans instead of being recycled, turning our waters into a plastic soup. I also noticed a lot of people throwing away single-use plastic water bottles every day. It made me feel… well… uncomfortable to say the least. I felt the urge to do something about this.”
In January 2010 he launched an open design competition in search of ‘the perfect sustainable bottle for drinking water’. Rinke van Remortel won the competition with his awesome Dutch Design with perfect functionality, inspired by the vision of reducing plastic waste and using fresh drinking water rather than expensive pre-bottled water. Today, the Dopper bottle is sold across the globe and Merijn and his team are inspiring people on a daily bases to make the earth a better place.
As the Dopper organization grew Merijn contemplated of the business model, and in 2013 established the Dopper Foundation. Ever since, Dopper donates 5% of its net proceeds to the Dopper Foundation for clean water access projects in Nepal and educational campaigns around single-use plastic waste and water use.
Dopper is B Corp certified company, which means it’s part of an international network of businesses that are committed to sustainable projects. While Dopper is a commercial company it’s the social objective that counts: the reduction of plastic waste. Merijn: “I think business with the sole aim of making a profit no longer have a place in our present world. The global challenges of sustainability and climate are so great that the focus of companies has to shift. They “feed” consumers products and services. I am convinced that we can help contribute to making the world better, to making people happier. I really believe that.”