Everyone that buys a Dopper sponsors clean water. In every ocean, from every tap. The Dopper Foundation receives 5% of Dopper’s net revenue to stop plastic pollution and to invest in clean drinking water projects. So buying a Dopper equals karma points! But what exactly does that mean? Anneke Hendriks, the heart, mind and soul of the Dopper Foundation explains how it works.
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Her dream is to travel the world in an eco-friendly camper, reggae booming from the speakers, rescue dog in the passenger’s seat and racing bike attached to the roof. With, of course, a full tank of water and a load of Doppers in the back. But, for now, Anneke Hendriks is saving the world from the Dopper HQ in Haarlem.
CLEAN WATER FROM EVERY TAP
Dopper and the Dopper Foundation have the same mission: clean water, in every ocean, from every tap. That is ambitious. Really, every tap? Anneke: “Yes, but we’re starting with every tap in Nepal.” That’s not a whole lot less ambitious, since less than half of the Nepalese population has access to safe drinking water, even though the second largest fresh water supply in the world is located in the Nepalese mountains! In theory, there is enough clean drinking water, but the further down the fresh water flows, the more polluted it becomes.
“That’s why we’re working together with Simavi on clean drinking water-projects,” explains Anneke. “We are focusing on earthquake areas, because there, the facilities – that weren’t so great to begin with – are often damaged and there is a high disease risk.”
IN EVERY OCEAN
In countries where people do have access to clean drinking water, the Dopper Foundation is trying to prevent PET-bottles from disappearing into our oceans. Anneke isn’t arming herself with a scoop net or her own boxing gloves when battling plastic pollution: inspiration and education are her henchmen. Anneke: “A message will only stick when it is conveyed in an inspiring way. That is exactly what the Dopper Foundation is doing: raising awareness in ways you cannot miss.”
A bridge made out of 25,000 PET bottles, there’s no getting around that! Anneke: “This summer, we’re launching an educational program in New York, touring with a plastic replica of the Brooklyn Bridge. This bridge is made out of 25,000 disposable water bottles, which represents the amount of disposable bottles that is purchased every 30 seconds in the US. The bridge is touring different schools together with a play and a children’s book to make as many children as possible aware of the plastic problem.”
Changing behavior is easier said than done. Think of your neighbor who’s always dieting, but still reaches for the chocolate chip cookies. Anneke: “But if you are spoon-fed an environmentally friendly lifestyle early on, then there’s a big chance that, later on, you won’t buy single-use plastics, like PET-bottles. That’s why education is an important pillar of the Foundation.”
When talking about education, we’re not talking about lectures, but, for example, the Changemaker Challenge Junior. The elementary school edition of the Changemaker Challenge that is held for college students every year. For this competition, more than 100 classes think of solutions to fight plastic waste and to make clean drinking water more accessible. Anneke: “With this challenge we want to show that everyone can make a difference. Your nephew who wants to make the whole soccer club PET-free, the girl next door who is building a robot that fishes for plastic, everyone. It is the next generation who will make the difference.”