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The bottle is the message

The design of the Dopper


One day in 2009, Merijn Everaarts, founder of Dopper, saw a documentary on 'plastic soup', the enormous amount of plastic floating in our oceans. His frustration with plastic waste grew. So did the amazement of the number of people who kept buying single-use plastic bottles with expensive mineral water. Because, why spend so many precious resources on a product you can only use once and that costs far more than its filtered equivalent from the tap? There had to be a more appealing alternative. And that’s how the idea for the perfect reusable water bottle was born!

The crowd designs the Dopper

Water is for everyone and so everyone got to submit a design for the perfect reusable water bottle. On January 3rd, 2010, a design competition was organized and on March 22nd the winner was announced. The creative network of the Harlem Legacy assisted Merijn and served as judges.

The requirements for the bottle were:
- sustainable
- easy to clean
- the name had already been determined: Dopper



The top-10 designs for the Dopper

From drop to canteen

Around 100 designers submitted their idea and ten of these were selected for further study. Did they meet the requirements? Did the shape match the name? Rinke van Remortel was most successful in his interpretation of the design assignment. His Dopper had Dutch design style, the perfect shape and the right philosophy: we had a winner!

Dopper sketch by Rinke van Remortel


Water on a pedestal

The white cap turns into a cup when you turm it upside down and places water on a pedestal, according to Rinke. This philosophy matches Merijn's approach perfectly: having access to clean drinking water is a luxury. Rinke was awarded with everlasting glory. Glory that is now spreading across the globe, with retailers from Germany to the US! His name is on every Dopper.

Response to the Dopper

The public responded incredibly enthusiastically to the winning design. The media called it a real design bottle and a practical solution for a huge problem. The cup is sometimes used for drinking other beverages than water. ‘And we can understand that as well, of course.’ says Merijn with a grin on his face.