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Merijaan

Germany
Market: Education, training, Another
Stage of the project: Operating business

Date of last change: 25.11.2021
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Idea

We believe in a world without new plastic. And we make the best out of the old.
We develop & market sustainable surf equipment and create a new awareness for dealing with plastic through education.

Current Status

> 70 products sold (shop launch was 2 months ago)
> 100kg plastic collected and shredded
> 500 reached kids in workshops
> 70 reached adults (started later with the workshops) in workshops
- inter-communal partnership with SBNE Berlin & Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka
> 8 news paper articles
- 3 TV events
- TEDx Talk
- several VIP supporter (see pitch)

Problem or Opportunity

Many people want an alternative to the throwaway society. A conscious and sustainable use of resources such as plastic offers an opportunity to act responsibly and do something good for oneself and the environment. This requires education on recycling and more sustainable products. There is a lack of both. People are looking for practical and attractive ways to use resources more consciously and thus protect themselves and the environment.

Solution (product or service)

Merijaan addresses both problems:
Social: By educating people about up- & recycling, we create a new awareness about how to deal with plastic. We organise plastic recycling workshops and set up circular economies.

Surf: We develop and market sustainable surf equipment made from recycled & recyclable plastic, enabling people to surf in an environmentally and health-friendly way. We use the material that already exists so that no new material is produced.

Business model

We recycle existing plastic waste into surf equipment. All our products are unique and 100% recyclable. Our goal is to develop the first recycled and recyclable surfboard in 2021! So far our income comes from selling products & giving workshops. We also intent to charge companies that bring us their plastic waste for recycling.

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