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To do something about plastic soup at the source and to reduce the number of plastic bottles used, we inspire to use an attractive reusable drinking bottle. The consumer will get rid of their habit of purchasing single-use bottles. Retulp was founded in 2014 to fulfil this mission. Take your own bottle because there is no excuse for single use! By using Retulp drinking bottles, you help ensure that the enormous mountain of plastic waste doesn’t become even bigger.

WWF

World Wildlife Fund

Retulp is business supporter of WWF plastic free sea project. Every year millions of animals die because of plastic. Read more

Club Kakatua

Club Kakatua

In 2022, we started to work together with Club Kakatua to realise a trash barrier in a river in Indonesia every year: Read more

Coby - Retulp en Plastic-soup-surfer - Merijn Tinga

Plastic Soup Surfer

Merijn Tinga fights against disposable plastic in his own great way. Here Merijn hands over his book to Retulp. Read more

Made Blue

Made Blue Foundation

Over the past 7 years Retulp has ensured that almost 100 million litres of clean drinking water have been donated to developing countries. Read more

Sea first foundation - Richard Retulp

Sea First Foundation

Since 2015, founder Richard Gabriel has been a volunteer with SFF and in addition Retulp donates products to this wonderful foundation. Read more

Regionale opruimacties

Regional clean-up actions

Even locally in our own environment here in the Veluwe, we organise playful campaigns with the aim of combating litter. Read more

What can you do to reduce plastic and fight against the plastic soup?

Support one of the great initiatives below, just like Retulp, to do something against the enormous increasing mountain of waste plastic. It is also easy to take action against single-use plastic yourself.

Unfortunately, many companies come up with false solutions so that they can continue with 'business as usual'. Read more

If we want to solve the plastic crisis, we have to get rid of the throw-away culture. Yet companies with plastic-shine solutions are perpetuating this culture. The real solution is packaging that is refillable or reusable. Recycling, bio-plastics and paper instead of plastic are false solutions.

Mock solution: recycling

Companies and governments hammer recycling into our heads as THE solution. A part of the plastic waste that citizens collect separately, ends up in countries like Malaysia or can end up – even within the EU – on illegal landfills. There is hardly any recycling. Since China closed its doors to the import of waste plastic in 2018, the problems of recycling have been piling up. The main causes: the amount of waste plastic continues to increase, there is too little recycling capacity and trade is not controlled.  As a result, most plastic ends up in landfills or in the environment. Just because something is recyclable doesn’t mean it will be. More than 90% of all plastic produced has never been recycled. If plastic is recycled, it is usually ‘downcycled’. It is constantly being transformed into a lower quality product until it ends up in an incinerator.

Mock solution: Paper

McDonalds replacing its plastic straws with paper ones, clothes shops giving you a paper bag instead of a plastic one; more and more companies are replacing their plastic disposable products with paper. There is not nearly enough recycled paper to meet the enormous demand. As a result, an enormous amount of forest is being cut down worldwide for the production of packaging, tissues and toilet paper. If companies start replacing their plastic packaging with paper, the pressure on our forests will increase even more.

Mock solution: bio-plastics

Think of the crunchy bags around organic peppers that say they are compostable, or Coca-Cola’s ‘plant bottle’. But what exactly is bioplastic? Bio-plastics are plastics made from natural raw materials, such as maize, whereas ‘normal’ plastic is made from oil. And some of these bioplastics are compostable. But even compostable bio-plastics only break down under the right (industrial) conditions. In nature, bio-plastics behave just like ‘normal plastic’. A turtle will suffocate in them just as well.

So what is to be done?

The underlying problem is our disposable culture. We use a plastic package for a few seconds, while it is made to last for hundreds of years. If we really want to solve this problem, we have to start looking differently at how we deliver and use products. Companies play a crucial role in this. They keep the throw-away culture going by focusing on the above-mentioned false solutions. While the real solution is at hand: packaging that is refillable or reusable.

As a consumer, we can overcome this problem easily and efficiently. Together we can change and make a difference! We would like to share a few tips with you:

  • Share what you know about the dangers of plastic waste with your friends and through your social networks.
  • Do not buy mineral water from a bottle but drink tap water.
  • Use reusable water bottles, mugs, plates and cutlery as an alternative when having your daily coffee, tea and lunch.
  • Take your own grocery bag when you go shopping.
  • Don’t use cosmetic products that contain microbeads. Microbeads are microscopically small pieces of plastic that are used in some cosmetic products like scrubs, sunscreen and shampoo.
  • Don’t leave litter lying around, even if you’re not the one who left the plastic litter on the street.
  • Visit your local market instead of a supermarket. At markets you can buy products that are not packaged.
Infographic Retulp Mission Indisposable

FOR YOURSELF – a fashionable, convenient and reusable bottle

The Dutch brand Retulp’s drinking bottles are made out of partially recycled stainless steel. Starting from 50 pieces, they are even available with their own logo or text. The thermoses and sports bottles have a stylish design and are available in a number of timeless colours. Contributing to a cleaner environment can be done in style. All bottles, thermoses and sports bottles are food safe and BPA free.

FOR SOMEONE ELSE – drinking water donation

When you buy a Retulp bottle, you make sure that someone else, somewhere in this world drinks with you. In 2017, Retulp donated 12 million litres of clean drinking water to people in Africa and Indonesia. In 2018, it was 14 million litres and in 2019, we are going for 19 million litres of water. The donations are invested in water projects that are executed by: Amref Flying Doctors, the Red Cross, Simavi and World Vision and this is all checked by Aqua for All.

FOR THE PLANET – no excuse for single use

Our bottles aren’t just good for you and for someone else, they are also good for the planet. The only way to combat the increasing number of disposable bottles, cups and cans, is to use your own reusable bottle. Prevention is much, much better than recycling. Our eco-friendly drinking bottles allow you to spread a sustainable message and make a clear statement in order to prevent plastic waste. Why encourage reuse: https://retulp.nl/plastic-soup/

The faces of Retulp & their Guilty Plastic Pleasures

In the Guilty Plastic Pleasures section, Retulpers confess which single-use plastics they still use when they know there is an alternative. Retulp believes in a world without single-use plastics and offers alternatives, but they are still ‘guilty’ of using indisposables sometimes. This doesn’t mean that, if you use one sustainable alternative, you have to start living without plastic entirely. Take a small step in the right direction!

Cristiane and Coby will give Retulp international sustainable allure

Retulp has been supplying sustainable drinking bottles and thermos flasks as an alternative to disposable bottles and cups since 2015. From this autumn, the range will be expanded to include more products that will help reduce waste. New thermos cups and lunch products that are easy to use and have an attractive design.

Cristiane and Coby started working for Retulp in July with the aim of bringing these new products to the European market and designing even more new products. Below is a short introduction of both of them.

Cristiane en Coby