An Evening with Social Entrepreneur Merjin Everaarts
Hear the inspirational story of how Merjin Everaarts founded Dopper and the Dopper Foundation, network with others in the sustainability/social entrepreneurship community and have a great time!
Who is Merjin Everaarts?
Merjin 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 through providing a sustainable water bottle for (filtered) tap water.
About the start of Dopper, Merjin 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 Merjin and his team are inspiring people on a daily basis to make the earth a better place.
What is B Corp certification and why is it important?
“I think businesses 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.”
Join us for an interactive night with Merjin Everaarts:
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
(located in the heart of Central Square)
45 Prospect Street Cambridge, MA 02139
RSVP: Register here to learn more and get your tickets before they are sold out (first 50 people to register receive a free Dopper bottle)!