Plastic Soup Surfer

My name is Merijn Tinga, the Plastic Soup Surfer. I have been fighting against plastic pollution and the plastic soup since 2014. 

Plastic threatens our nature, we all know that. However, the production of plastic and plastic pollution are still increasing. This has to stop. 

I take action: I put pressure on politics and businesses and draw attention to concrete measures through striking expeditions on homemade surfboards made of plastic waste. In my campaigns I often work together with others.
With results.


Stop plastic pollution

Plastic pollution from litter must stop. This requires:

  • Corporate responsibility: companies that make products that cause plastic litter must stop it
  • Reduce: less plastic in products and packaging
  • Reuse: plastic must be given value, collected and reused
  • Simplify: multiple plastics are not recyclable/reusable, simple plastics are
  • Monitoring: registering by which companies litter found in the environment is manufactured

Actions, campaigns, pressure

I broke surf records on a plastic surfboard and went down the Rhine on a supboard to put the plastic waste problem on the agenda, enforce measures and remind companies of their responsibilities.

Together with Zwerfinator Dirk Groot and the Plastic Avengers, I map out the plastic pollution of the companies that have the largest share and put pressure on them to reduce this. Now Mars, responsible for huge amounts of plastic litter.

Watch our Campaigns

Recent results

2021/2023: deposit on all plastic bottles and cans
The Dutch House of Representatives motion written by me will be implemented: in July 2021 a deposit will be made on all plastic bottles and in 2023 also on cans.

2019-2020: crackling balls, splashplastic, water balloons, plastic confetti
Large retail companies have stopped selling highly polluting crackling balls, splashplastics, water balloons and plastic confetti; amendment in EU Green Deal.

2020: Frans Timmermans Plastic Avengers Ambassador
Frans Timmermans, vice president of the EU, becomes Plastic Avengers Ambassador and launches the Plastic Avengers manifesto.

2020: AntaFlu
AntaFlu now packs sweets in waxpaper instead of plastic wraps.

Current campaign: #MissionMars

The wrappers of Mars products such as Mars, Snickers, M&M's and Bounty are one of the biggest sources of plastic pollution. With our Plastic Avengers app. We collect photos of discarded Mars wraps and we go to Mars Netherlands to discuss their responsibility for this.

Together with Mars and 'Nederland schoon' (packaging industry), we are looking for ways to minimize the number of plastic wraps that end up in the environment.

Help collect photos of Mars wrappers with the Plastic Avengers App.

Plastic Talkshows

In 2021 we will look for the best ways to combat the plastic soup problem, together with scientists, activists, politicians and people from the business world. We do this in our Plastic Talkshows: 10 shows on Youtube in which we discuss new facts, visions and strategies to solve the problem.


Many companies and organizations are struggling with the question of what they can do in the field of sustainability and reducing plastic litter. The Plastic Soup Surfer helps them minimizing their plastic footprint with presentations and advice.

Let's do something!

We are starting to drown in our plastic pollution. It is endangering all life on earth. We need to act now.

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