Our mission is to ban the use of single use plastic and connect humanity by working together.  

Our story

We are Lara and Yvette. Many years ago we met on the beautiful island Curaçao and we became good friends. While our kids played on one of the most beautiful beaches of Curaçao, we saw an increase of plastic pollution. From that moment on we started looking for a solution for this growing problem.

 

We both share a passion for enhancing the wellbeing of our planet, the communities we live in and our individual paths. Besides this we also believe that individual action can make a difference, but together we can make the change. With these believes we started in 2017 selling our D-Bottle: a beautifully designed, eco-friendly reusable bottle providing you with cold or hot beverages for every occasion and reducing the need for single-use plastic. D-Bottle was our first tool in our mission to reduce the use of single use plastic. D from D-Bottle stands for Dushi, the Dushi bottle. Dushi means in papiamento honey, nice or good. It always has a positive meaning. We can't think of a better name for our bottle.

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"Over 1 million plastic bottle are purchased every minute worldwide

and nearly 80% of these end up in our landfills and oceans.

At this rate, the amount of single-use plastic ending up in our oceans

will outweigh fish by 2050, unless we make a change."

About us

With our Water Refill Programs in cities or countries we want to ban single-use plastic water bottles entering our planet and to encourage sustainable partnerships. We believe business can be a drive to make the change together. 

First we set up a network of resellers and refill points. We bring all parties from our communities together and search for a win-win situation for each participant in the program, in their own field and their own capabilities. Our starting points and goals are; reducing the use of single-use plastic, create awareness and/or stimulation for reuse, support in house sustainability policy,  supporting environmental education, encourage people to drink more water for good health and create economical benefits. At the same time we want to empower the whole community for working together for a sustainable healthy world. 

How we work

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Local artist Serena Israel from Chi chi Curaçao with her team. The Chi Chi Art & souvenir shop is reseller of the water bottle.

In June 2019 we took the next step in our mission by introducing this unique water refill program D-TAP by D-Bottle. We wanted to make our impact bigger and more fundamental. That is why we aligned with our strategy to the global goals of the United Nations. 

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Artist Jacques Tange designed the special edition

'Schiedam Blue' D-TAP water bottle for our program in Schiedam

 

Every city or country has it own special edition design bottle, designed by a local artist or illustrator. With this special edition bottle we want to create awarenesses for the artist his or her work and the art sector. Art is a vital element for our community. It strengthens local economies and creates jobs for people who care about the community. It is a great way for local people and tourist to learn about culture, enjoy artistic experiences, support the economy and being sustainable by using a reusable water bottle. 

Special design

 

We donate 5% of our revenue to local non-profit organizations dedicated to the conservation of endangered animals, ecological research, environmental education, and to create awareness for reuse, reduce and recycle. Children are the centre of our sustainable goals, we must educate the next generation to ensure sustainable development. 

Donation

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In the field with our educational sustainable partner Natuurstad Rotterdam. 

Our strategy & SDGs 

To make the world a healthier, safer and more beautiful place, for now and our future, we need to work together. Which is why our strategy is based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by the United Nations. 

Our program makes a contribution to 9 SDGs. 

Yvette Bakker- Kloos _ Lara Melkert D-TA