Monday November 17, 2014 – During the first official Cradle to Cradle conference in Germany, in the presence of Cradle to Cradle founder Michael Braungart, Dopper officially announced the certification of Dopper Original. Consulting and engineering firm Tebodin has been an indispensable partner in the certification process. The Cradle to Cradle certification confirms that the Dopper Original is the first responsibly and sustainably produced water bottle, which also contributes to the welfare of people and the environment.
The core of the Cradle to Cradle principle is that at the end of the lifespan of one product, all materials it contains can be usefully deployed for the same or another product. No quality loss may occur, and all residual materials must be recyclable or environmentally neutral. The checks during the Cradle to Cradle certification process include the material (health and reusability), the use of renewable energy in the production process, responsible water use and the contribution to social justice. The Cradle to Cradle Product Standard also includes a continuous improvement programme, in which organizations develop an appropriate strategy for the future. Every two years, at recertification, the process is evaluated.
The Dopper Original has been Cradle to Cradle certified because:
- There are no toxic or prohibited substances (such as Bisphenol A) used in the bottle;
- The thermoplastics of which the bottle is made, are 100% recyclable;
- The Dopper is produced in a climate-neutral fashion, with responsible water and energy use;
- Old Doppers can be handed in at Dopper or at special plastics recycling points;
- The bottle makes a major contribution to reducing the global plastics problem;
- The Dopper Foundation contributes to drinking water projects worldwide.
Dopper wants to set an example for other entrepreneurs and inspire them to also create an impact. Founder Merijn Everaarts: “I believe that business with the goal of getting rich no longer suits the challenges of our world today. The focus in companies should be on sustainable and social solutions for products and services. The Cradle to Cradle certification of the Dopper Original fits in with our goal to contribute to a better world.”
As part of its own social responsibility, Tebodin offered the Cradle to Cradle certification free of charge. Mariska van Dalen, senior consultant Sustainability at Tebodin: “Through the Cradle to Cradle product program, Dopper’s entire production chain has been mapped out. Among other companies, Sabic, Styrolution and manufacturer VDL Wientjes have ensured that the materials and the production method could be assessed against the product standard.”
Dopper wants to live in a world where people are aware of the environment, where we actively reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste, and where everyone, close to home and far away, has access to safe drinking water. The wide use of PET bottles worldwide causes a huge waste stream in the oceans, the so-called ‘plastic soup’. With the reusable bottle design of high quality plastic and steel, Dopper contributes to the reduction of these environmental problems. Furthermore, Dopper encourages the use of tap water as a cheap and environmentally friendlier alternative to bottled water. Dopper is officially certified as ‘B Corp’ (Benefit Corporation) and now belongs to the global movement of do-gooders. In addition to that, the Dopper Original is now a Cradle to Cradle certified design.
The Dopper Foundation was founded in 2013 and – funded by 5% of the Dopper net sales revenue, sponsorship and donations – finances water and sanitation projects worldwide, including Nepal in collaboration with Simavi. Through its Dopper Water & Waste Academy, the Foundation also develops educational programs in countries where tap water is already a common resource.
Tebodin BV is a multidisciplinary consulting and engineering firm, part of the international engineering and service company Bilfinger SE. The agency has a partnership with the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute and is authorized to execute Cradle to Cradle product certification. Tebodin believes that with the Cradle to Cradle concept, there is no need to choose between economic and environmental progress. To accomplish this, products, processes, buildings and surroundings have to be designed more intelligently, and this is exactly Tebodin’s field of expertise.
The agency provides independent services to its customers around the world based on the knowledge and experience of 4,900 employees in the following markets: industrial, health & nutrition, oil & gas, chemicals, infrastructure, property, energy and environment. The company has a network of offices across Western Europe, Central Europe and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.