NIB Blog: Making an Impact Through Social Enterprise

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!

What is Dopper?
Dopper is a reusable water bottle made in the Netherlands that is on a mission to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bottles and encourage the use of tap water. This bottle is out to prove that clean, safe water does not have to be a luxury. As a B Corp with carbon neutral manufacturing and cradle-to-cradle certification, the Dopper is a bottle on a mission.

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.

The Dopper Foundation 
As the Dopper organization grew, Merjin contemplated on 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. Find out more here.

What is B Corp certification and why is it important?

Dopper is a 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. In Merjin’s own words:

“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:

Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Workbar Cambridge
(located in the heart of Central Square)
45 Prospect Street Cambridge, MA 02139
Ticket cost: $5
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)!

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