Marius Smit is a man with a special story, a unique profession and a challenging mission. He is the founder of Plastic Whale; the first professional plastic fishing company in the world. A social...
Marius Smit is a man with a special story, a unique profession and a
challenging mission. He is the founder of Plastic Whale; the first professional
plastic fishing company in the world. A social enterprise with a mission: make
the world's waters plastic-free, starting with the Amsterdam canals. The
company aims to go 'out of business'. Marius believes that if Plastic Whale can
make itself redundant in Amsterdam, the organisation can find business all over
the world.Marius founded Plastic Whale in 2011, without any means, but with an exciting
challenge: "I want to build a boat from plastic waste. But Ive never
sailed a boat, let alone built one. So help me!" The response to his call
for help was enormous. Since then, Plastic Whale has developed into a fast
growing social enterprise with investors, dozens of sponsors, partners and
hundreds of customers. It is quite noteworthy that Marius doesnt need any marketing
or acquisition. The story sells itself. Two new companies have emerged from the Plastic Whale network: WasteBoards,
skateboards made of plastic caps and most recently Plastic Whale Circular
Furniture, high-quality office furniture made from Amsterdams Canal plastic.
Plastic Whale Circular Furniture in particular has great international
potential. At the official launch of the first furniture line, several
prominent organisations joined as Launching Partners, including the Dutch
Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Nationale Nederlanden, DSM and
Vrumona. Plastic Whale has global ambitions and plans to apply its model of
economic value creation of plastic waste to other places in the world. That
way, the use plastic waste can stimulate the local economy and at the same time
tackle the problem of the plastic soup. How great would it be to have office
furniture from Amsterdam Canal Plastic, Balinese Beach Plastic or Bangalores
Slum Plastic?Marius is now regarded as an example of a modern sustainability entrepreneur.
He successfully turned his dreams into reality. To start a successful and
growing organisation from scratch. To involve companies, government agencies,
and thousands of citizens. And above all, to prove that its possible to make a
living by making the world a better and more beautiful place. Marius is an
inspiring speaker who talks passionately about his company. About the
importance of having a clear, challenging mission and the flexibility to
respond to surprising twists. About having confidence in your ideas, in
yourself and in others. About the personal setbacks and victories. About
vulnerability and perseverance. About innovative business models and new media.
And ... about his belief in the power of DOING!