When did you create your company?
I had a well-payed job in employment agency sector for many years until i decided to change my life. As I got older, I decided that I really wanted to make a difference with my work. when i heard about the Ocean Cleanup project by Boyan Slat on the news, i realized that thát was the area where i could contribute. My original idea was to make new products from all the litter Boyan was collecting. However, i soon realised that that wasn’t going to help as long as we keep producing and consuming low-quality plastics. I asked for advice at many different organisations working in the field of plastics and marine litter and they all suggested the same thing: find a solution for the source of the problem, not for the end result. it opened my eyes: i wanted to create a product that would help to prevent all the plastics in the ocean! in 2015, i started with the concept to deliver reusable products against single use plastics and turned it into my company Retulp. I’m a real go-getter, so in 2016 I could already start selling my first products to eco shops in the Netherlands, like Ekoplaza and WAAR.