Statistics like these are one of the reasons that we’ve been on the search for a reusable bottle for a number of years. Not just any bottle, but one that is wonderful to use, beautifully designed, and carries a mission with every sip.
In 2009, Merijn Everaarts, founder of Dopper, saw 'plastic soup', a documentary on the enormous amount of plastic floating in our oceans. Much of this trash was created by single-use water bottles. Merijn and our friends at Dopper wondered, “why spend precious resources on a product that you can only use once and costs far more than its filtered equivalent from the tap?”
The Crowd Designs the Dopper
Preserve and Dopper believe that there should be a solution to create equal access to clean water worldwide. In that spirit, to launch the Dopper product, Dopper created an equal-access campaign inviting anyone to submit a design for the perfect reusable water bottle. In 2010, a design competition was organized with Dopper founder, Merijn, serving as one of the judges.
The requirements for the bottle were:
2. Easy to clean
3. The bottle would be named Dopper: in dutch, ‘dop’ refers to a bottle cap. Merijn wanted the product to be named Dopper, a variation on ‘dop’, because he wanted the cap to serve as a pedestal to demonstrate water’s importance.
Nearly 100 designers submitted their design idea and the top 10 were selected for further study. In the end, Rinke van Remortel’s design was voted to be the most successful in its interpretation of the design assignment. His Dopper had Dutch design style, the perfect shape and the right philosophy: a winner to embody the mission.
“The cap turns into a cup when you turn it upside down and places water on a pedestal,” according to Rinke. This philosophy matched Merijn's approach perfectly: that access to clean water should be celebrated, and should be expanded to as many people as possible.
Dopper received “Honorable Mention” by Red Dot in 2013, a year when the organization evaluated a record number of products (4,600+). Along with the award, the Red Dot jury stated: “with its clean, contemporary design, Dopper is a convincing ambassador for sustainability.”
By combining an exceptional design with a campaign to eliminate the need for bottled water sales and to work toward clean drinking water globally, Dopper is truly a bottle on a mission.
The Dopper & Preserve Impact
Dopper is a great example of Preserve’s commitment to promoting change through the power of partnerships.
Preserve has supported the reusable drinking bottle movement in many ways, including progressive initiatives to pass laws that eliminate the sale of bottled water (Concord, MA) and our partnerships with Sustainable Coastlines, Kokua Hawaii Foundation and 5 Gyres. In addition, our partnership with Brita promotes safe tap water consumption through the Brita water filtration system.
In this partnership, Preserve joins Dopper’s initiative to bring a reusable bottle to you with carbon neutrality:
- Dopper produces the bottle in Holland.
- Preserve offsets the emissions created from shipping Dopper to the USA.
While it is the first product from Preserve that is not manufactured in the USA, we will be working closely with Dopper in an effort to manufacture the bottle from 100% recycled material here in the United States over the next few years. It is an honor for Preserve to be the exclusive North American partner with Dopper.
By choosing to drink water from a Dopper, you are:
The Dopper Foundation was established in 2013 with the following mission: bring safe, clean water to underserved communities and educate the public about waste management, water scarcity and sanitation. In Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries, 11% of the population is left without access to clean drinking water. The Dopper Foundation allocates 5% of its net proceeds to programs that create new sources of clean drinking water and provide education about sanitation to families in developing countries.
For more details about foundation’s work, visit: http://dopper.com/about-dopper/dopper-foundation/
P.S. At the end of a long life, Dopper (both the base bottle and lid) is recyclable through Preserve’s Gimme 5 program and community programs that accept #5 plastics.