Marius Smit

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 I’ve 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 thousands of customers, also because of the newest adventure: Plastic Whale Circular Furniture, high-end office furniture made from Amsterdam Canal Plastic.

Marius Smit's Project

Plastic Whale is the first professional plastic fishing company in the world and they turn the collected plastics into stunning furniture. They aim to “create economic value from plastic waste, involving as many people as possible”. In the last year, they’ve launched a furniture range, have a fleet of ten design boats made from Amsterdam […]

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Get on-board with us, online. We cannot meet up right now, but we can still take action. We are proud to introduce The Company Clean-up: our awesome alternative where you can still go out and do your bit for the environment.
Check out our brochure here →

Look what just came in! Two new, amazing pieces for The Regular Collection: the second line of Plastic Whale by Vepa.

We are proud to present: The Felt Fine and The Felt High – great additions for any office space. Made from recycled PET bottles.

@VepaDrentea @Vepaoffice

𝗪𝗘 𝗪𝗔𝗡𝗧 𝗬𝗢𝗨! Do you have great marketing and communication skills and are you keen to make an impact? Then you’re the catch we’re looking for! Check out the vacancy at and who knows, you might be joining the wave soon!

WOW! On World Cleanup Day our boats were present at the Maas Cleanup. It was a great success: with the help of 80 enthusiastic participants we fished out a lot of waste & increased the awareness about the plastic problem! STOP TALKING, LET’S START DOING! 💙🌍

Exciting! Plastic Whale by Vepa is part of GLUE: a three-day design route for Amsterdam designers. From Friday the 18th until Sunday the 20th of September, our office will be turned into a showroom! Save the date and feel welcome to visit us! @Vepaoffice @LAMAconcept @VepaDrentea

JOIN THE WAVE! Yesss, we are looking for new interns! Do you have great marketing, communication and/or production skills? Then you’re the catch we’re looking for! For more information about our vacancies, go to

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