Plastic Soup Surfer

My name is Merijn Tinga and I am the Plastic Soup Surfer.

My journey in the fight against plastic started with a simple idea; if I could bring attention to the problem, then peope would start to care.

In 2014, I built a surfboard using washed-up plastics and surfed it along the Dutch coast, earning my nick-name: Plastic Soup Surfer. Sadly, I found out that awareness alone is not enough for change. Consequently I started focussing my campaigns on policy makers and companies.

To date, my campaigns and expeditions have influenced political resolutions and product bans. Proving that one person can make a difference. Together with an ever growing army of passionate people we continue to drive results and influence change.

I share my story to inspire and teach others how they too can make a difference

Plastic pollution starts on land and we need to tackle it at its source

Surfing & politics

The record attempt crossing that led to deposits and a spectacular decrease of littering

In 2017 the Plastic Soup Surfer forces a political breakthrough with a resolution he drafts himself. Bottle deposits lead to a major decline of littering. The record attempt kitesurf crossing of the North Sea – 180km from The Netherlands to England on a board made from plastic bottles – is the kickstart to a petition for bottle deposits and is signed by 60 thousand people. 

RESULTS

Captains of industry

A +1000km SUP expedition on the river Rhine to confront the source of the plastic pollution: the producers

He confronts the CEOs of Coca Cola, Heineken, Pepsico, Spa and Dutch supermarket using a bailiff and a judicial notice especially developed for this occasion. He takes along the plastic bottles he found in the river Rhine after having paddled it from the source, high up in the Alps down to its murky river mouth (>1000km). A campaign from source to sea and then back upstream to the source of the plastic pollution: The companies. 

CAMPAIGNS

Unite the fight

With the Dutch community of plastic activists and NGO’s he organized a national conference on the future of plastics (2019). The resulting ‘Plastic Avengers Manifest’ states 5 principles to a ‘sustainable use of plastics’.

VP Frans Timmermans became the ambassador.

FIGHTING PLASTIC SOUP AT THE SOURCE

I am not accusing the material but the way we put it to use. Plastic is catalyzing the Throw-Away Society

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