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The Plastic Soup Surfer, Merijn Tinga, Joins Plastic Oceans International as Ambassador on World Oceans Day

Surfer, biologist, artist & activist joins global effort to end plastic pollution


June 8, 2019 – MALIBU, Calif., U.S. – Plastic Oceans International, the nonprofit organization serving the ocean and public to end plastic pollution, announced on World Oceans Day that Merijn Tinga, Plastic Soup Surfer, biologist, artist and activist, is the newest Plastic Oceans Ambassador.

Merijn Tinga

Merijn Tinga

Known as the Plastic Soup Surfer, Merijn Tinga is on a mission to stop increasing ocean plastic pollution. He draws attention to the global problem by paddling, kiteboarding and windsurfing on surfboards made from plastic waste to make a statement. Tinga combines his record attempts and campaigns with creative legal instruments, petitions and resolutions, addressing company chief executives, legislators and policy makers to generate real solutions that prevent plastic pollution.

“Plastic Oceans’ goal to change the world’s attitude toward plastic aligns exactly with my mission to stop the worsening plastic pollution in the ocean,” said Merijn Tinga. “I look to working with on campaigns to affect consumer behavior, corporate and public policies worldwide as a new Plastic Oceans Ambassador.”

“Plastic Oceans International is proud to add Merijn Tinga’s passion to end plastic pollution and experience creating influential campaigns that affect change to stop this global problem,” said Julie Andersen, Global Executive Director,

Merijn Tinga analyzing Ocean water..

Merijn Tinga analyzing Ocean water.

Plastic OceansInternational. “Having the Plastic Soup Surfer as Plastic Oceans Ambassador strengthens our expertise, reach and efforts to inform, inspire and incite action on plastic pollution.”

Tinga was recently ranked #85 in the Dutch Sustainable Top 100 for his push towards deposits in the Netherlands. He and his team recently completed a second documentary film about plastic pollution and adventurous campaigning. Tinga is a trained biologist, has a career as a visual artist and is a full-time activist. Learn more about the Plastic Soup Surfer at

About Plastic Oceans International
Plastic Oceans International is a nonprofit organization serving the ocean and public to end plastic pollution. Its goal is to change the world’s attitude toward plastic, affecting consumer behavior, corporate and public policy. Plastic Oceans informs, inspires and incites action on plastic pollution to shift the global reliance on plastic. It uses inspirational solutions-focused film, media and awareness initiatives, paired with supportive activism, promoting a global movement to rethink plastic. At least eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans every year—the equivalent of dumping one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean per minute. While more than 300 million tons of plastic are produced annually, more than 90% of all plastic is not recycled. Learn more at:, on Facebook @PlasticOceans, Instagram @plasticoceans, Twitter @PlasticOceansUS and YouTube Plastic Oceans International.