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. However, the production of plastic and plastic pollution are still increasing. This has to stop. 

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


Stop plastic pollution

EU Vice President Frans Timmermans launches the Plastic Avengers Manifest about Corporate responsability, Reduce, Reuse, Simplify and Monitoring

Plastic pollution from litter must stop. This is our mission. 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

More about our mission on the Plastic Soup page

Recent results

My new book about the battle against plastic pollution

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 on all plastic bottles and in 2023 also on cans. More info

2020: waste seperation in schools
Suptour through Holland promoting waste seperation in schools ended in a motion in Parliament which makes waste seperation possible within a few years. More info

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. More info

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

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

Cup Count Campaign and the SUP Directive

Help us collecting photo's of littered cups. Most of them are made of plastic or contain plastic materials

On July 3, the SUP Directive goes into effect, banning plastic straws, plates and cutlery, among other things. By 2023, companies will become responsible for collecting and cleaning up their packaging that ends up as litter in the environment. Our Cup Count Campaign already focuses on one such product: disposable plastic (containing) cups. We want to provide input on the implementation of the SUP Directive with huge amounts of photos of littered disposable cups. Will you help us?


#MissionMars Campaign

The wrappers of Mars products such as Mars, Snickers, M&M's and Bounty are one of the biggest sources of plastic pollution. In the first half of 2021 we collected over 15,000 photos of littered Mars wrappers and went to Mars to discuss their responsability for this. Dutch television paid attention to the plastic waste caused by Mars wrappers. Mars promised to find a solution.

We keep on collecting photo's with the Plastic Avengers App to keep the pressure high!


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 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.


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Forcing breakthroughs

Read more about our strategy of agenda setting, activating people, connecting and forcing breakthroughs.


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