If someone asks “what’s Dopper?” please, PLEASE, don’t say “That’s a water bottle company”.
The beginning of the bottle
“I once saw a shocking documentary about the huge amount of plastic that manages to make its way into our oceans, where it changes into a giant garbage patch that resembles plastic soup. I also noticed how many single-use plastic water bottles are thrown away every day, even though in many countries the best drinking water simply comes from the tap. This certainly made me feel uncomfortable. I just had to do something about it!”
We've all seen those documentaries about the plastic soup. But instead of just feeling shocked and moving on, our founder Merijn Everaarts, decided to take action. He started to wonder: why would you buy bottled water, when you have excellent water coming straight from your tap?
TO FIND THE PERFECT ALTERNATIVE
In January 2010, Merijn launched a design competition for the perfect sustainable water bottle, Rinske van Remortel’s design won and BANG! In 2010 the Dopper Original saw the light of day.
Out of nearly 100 entries, Delft University of Technology alumnus Rinke van Remortel’s design was chosen. Because of its unique three part design, the bottle is easy to keep clean and durable. Did you notice it's a bottle and cup in one? Brilliant.And if you turn it upside down, to rest on it's white cup, you are putting water on a pedestal. So cool, we just got chills.
Dopper launched on October 10th, 2010 – “Sustainability Day” in the Netherlands. From there, this ocean-saving water bottle has started its quest to spread the message to the rest of the world.
Making an Impact with a capital I
Everything we do gets us closer to our vision. A world with crystal clear waters. Where plastic pollution is a thing of the past and everyone near and far has access to safe drinking water. And each Dopper bottle sold empowers people to choose reusable water bottle over a single-use one. From education programmes and research to awareness campaigns. And it also kick-starts clean drinking water projects in Nepal. Good karma? You bet.
Dopper is a social enterprise. So, of course, we only hire upcycled-clothing-wearing vegans and when you bring your lunch in a plastic sandwich bag, you’re fired. Okay, maybe not, but we do feel that as a company, you have a responsibility towards the world and you have to make sure your actions help our planet (and people) stay healthy. That’s why we aim for Cradle to Cradle certification for all of our bottles (Dopper Original is certified at the silver level, more bottles will hopefully follow soon).
Badass B Corp
But it goes much further. We are a certified B Corp, which means we are officially part of the group of changemakers that use business as a force for good. How do we do that? Well, for example, we are part of the GoodShipping Program, which means we are helping the industry to make 100% renewable fuels the new standard for oversea shipment. We offer our employees reusable bags when they go out to get lunch. And much more.