Richard Gebriël started his company, Tulper, in 2015. Delivering environment-friendly drinking bottles to shops like Bever, WAAR, Ekoplaza, Dille&Kamille under the Retulp brand. We also print bottles as promotional gifts and for private labels.
Gabriël: ”We wish to stimulate reuse with our Retulp drinking bottles. Hundreds of thousands of pet-bottles and cans are used on a daily basis in the Netherlands. We can prevent a lot of garbage by taking your own refillable coffee cup or drinking bottle with us. We are specialist in all different kinds of reusable bottles in the Netherlands. The thermos bottles and water bottles are produced using sustainable stainless steel, which is highly recyclable. We also produce sports bottles and drinking bottles using bio materials”. A biobottle primarily consists of cane sugar and there is also a stainless steel bamboo thermos bottle.
Corporate Social Responsibility is highly valuated
The Retulp brand is clearly recognizable by its logo that consists of two waterdrops forming a Dutch tulip. The Netherlands is a water country and that’s why we serve as an example for maintaining plastic-free seas and oceans. We also supply clean drinking water to people in third world countries. For every Retulp drinking bottle sold, we donate 1000 liters of clean drinking water. This way you are always sharing your drink with someone somewhere. In short a beautiful handy bottle for your own use, clean drinking water for someone else and a healthy planet.
Export thanks to tourist shops
First exports happened by coincidence. The Retulp bottles are for sale at Schiphol, Madurodam, Park de Hoge Veluwe, Burgers Zoo and many shops in Amsterdam. Employees of German and Belgian companies bought the bottles as a tourist and, after satisfied usage, decided to order them for their own companies. Many new orders came from this as a result.
Alternatives to plastic
Sale came down to 60.000 bottles during the first two years, in 2018 Gabriël expects to sell 120.000 bottles. A large part of this growth is expected from abroad. The strategy for accomplishing that is recruiting foreign agents and putting up stands at relevant conventions. Another goal is to cooperate more in Apeldoorn because operating on a local scale is enjoyable and sustainable.
Export countries: Germany, Belgium