Of the 450,000 single-use plastic bottles used every minute in the U.S., only 20% are recycled; the rest are dumped into landfills or find their way into our oceans. Using smart design to combat plastic waste, the Dopper Foundation developed the Dopper, a Dutch-designed net-zero carbon bottle that helps raise environmental awareness and fund clean water projects in Nepalese communities. Sustainable, practical, and fashionable, the BPA-free Dopper is also the perfect eco-friendly addition to Inhabitat’s 2013 Back to School Contest!

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Established in 2013 with a mission to reduce plastic waste and improve accessibility to clean water, the Dopper Foundation has already made waves with their innovative ideas. Earlier this March, the Dopper Foundation celebrated World Water Day by building a 14-foot wave from 6,000 reclaimed plastic bottles in San Francisco, a visual statement of the number of bottles Americans throw away every four seconds.

Education played a large part in the search for the perfect reusable bottle design. Designer Rinke van Remortel’s winning concept combined clean and contemporary Dutch design with the Doppler’s sustainable mission. The Doppler’s unique cap doubles as a drinking cup as inspired by Remortel’s design philosophy to put “water on a pedestal,” reinforcing Dopper Foundation’s belief that having access to clean water really is a luxury.

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