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with a focus on ocean and waterway conservation.
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  • 2012 Cleanup Recap 

    Wasn’t the first day of spring just yesterday? As much as we’re in denial about the upcoming colder months, we couldn’t be more excited with how our 2012 cleanup season went. We’d like to thank all of our volunteers, retailers, private haulers, partners, members of the press, and municipalities for their help. 

    These are some of the many milestones we reached this summer:

    Crossed the 100,000 pound threshold 

    In early 2010, our initial cleanup goal was 100,000 pounds of trash removed in 2011 and 1 million pounds by 2012. We quickly realized, it is more important to have a bigger reach in terms of volunteers and cleanups hosted, rather than pounds we pulled out.

    In 2012, we hosted 28 cleanups, which was roughly the same amount as 2011, but more states, more volunteers, and more hands meant a deeper impact on our oceans and waterways.

    This year, our trash ticker grew to 141,000 pounds. Not bad for three-and-a-half years, right? 

    Made New Friends

    During our 13 cleanups that we co-hosted with our partners- Subaru of America, Sperry Top-Sider, and ECO SWIM BY AQUA GREEN, we removed 17,694 pounds with 640 volunteers in 10 states. 

    2012 was the year for stellar cleanup planning interns and seeing double. Our cleanup volunteers jumped from 573 in 2011 to 1,286 in 2012! These weren’t some low-quality, one-time participants; these were group leaders that brought 30 people with them or familiar faces that returned month after month.  

    Made a Bigger Impact Near and Far

    From March to October, we hosted cleanups in 15 states including some new ones-Arkansas, Florida, Utah and Washington.  In our backyard, our Bartram’s Garden cleanups took on a life of their own. During 8 cleanups, 389 Philadelphia volunteers joined us in removing 4,513 pounds of trash from the Schuylkill River at Bartram’s Garden. We picked up an insane amount of recyclables: 3,771 plastic bottles, 163 glass bottles, and 281 aluminum cans.

    Sadly, it’s that time of year, where we hibernate for the winter, but rest assured, come March, we will be out almost every week cleaning up oceans and waterways around the country.

    In the meantime, you can give the gift of cleaner oceans with UBB’s organic men and women’s t-shirts, waxed, canvas bags, and artisan jewelry

    See you in 2013!

    United by Blue works to clean up the trash building up in out waterways

    By Molly Eichel of the Philadelphia Daily News 

    THAT PLASTIC container you see floating in the Schuylkill? It will probably float away from Philly, but it’s hardly gone forever. Along with other junk tossed into local waterways, it ends up in the ocean, where it breaks down into a soupy mush.

    Remember that next you have a hankering for sushi.

    Need a visual on this?

    The 5 Gyres Institute, a California nonprofit, is teaming up with United by Blue, a Philadelphia apparel company that is dedicated to cleaning up waterways around the country, to show people the effects of pollution during a presentation here Monday.

    Members of 5 Gyres team are in the midst of what they’re calling the Last Straw Plastic Solutions Bicycle Outreach Tour, biking from Boston to Charleston, S.C., doing presentations on the importance of keeping our waterways clear of trash. 5 Gyres teams have ventured into waterways around the world to gather images and information on trash pollution.

    "It’s like confetti spread across the ocean," said Stiv Wilson, communications and policy director for 5 Gyres, during a phone interview just as he was about to board a ferry with the rest of the bikers in Port Jefferson, N.Y. Wilson’s journey began Oct. 3 and ends Nov. 6.

    Ocean current conversions, known as gyres, create whirlpools of trapped trash. 5 Gyres is researching this phenomenon and the pollution that results, as it also tries to educate the public.

    "I don’t care how educated you are. We’re going to blow your mind," he said. "You’re going to see things you’ve never seen before."

    Read the full article here

    Can someone please tell us where 2012 went?

    Last Tuesday was our final Philadelphia cleanup for the season.

    Our summer results are in and they’re a bit disturbing. 

    During 8 cleanups in 2012, 389 Philadelphia volunteers joined us in removing 4,513 pounds of trash from the Schuylkill River at Bartram’s GardenWe picked up an insane amount of recyclables: 3,771 plastic bottles, 163 glass bottles, and 281 aluminum cans.

    Our weird trash collection included: a bunny candlestick that survived the summer without melting, an empty gun case, a parking ticket and monopoly money, a child’s ID from 1985, a car engine, and a bucket of kitchen knives.

    We had a great 2012 season and would like to extend a thanks to all of our volunteers this summer. See you in March 2013!

    BARTRAM’S GARDEN CLEANUP POSTPONED

    It’s like Groundhog Day here at UBB. Unfortunately, Mother Nature is taking a turn again. We want to cleanup Bartram’s Garden to the best of our ability & with a 60% chance of showers this afternoon, we would rather play it safe.

    Tonight’s cleanup has been postponed until next Tuesday. The Bartram’s Garden cleanup will take place NEXT TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9th, from 4:00-6:00pm.

    Fingers crossed for nothing but clear skies next Tuesday. See you then!

    United By Blue and Sperry Top-Sider Removed 317.5 Pounds of Trash From the Merrimack River

    Just below the beautiful Moseley Woods Park in Newburyport, MA, the Merrimack River meets the sea, depositing litter it carries down from New Hampshire and Massachusetts. 

    On Friday, September 21st, Sperry Top-Sider’s corporate team spent the early afternoon picking up plastic pieces, Styrofoam bits, and beer cans from along the majestic river.  

    United By Blue and Sperry Top-Sider share a passion for our oceans and waterways: in 2012, we removed 4,180.5 pounds of trash from East Coast bayside beaches, riverside parks, and creekside banks with 146 volunteers.

    Our partnership goes beyond waterway cleanups, we’re also proud to collaborate on some of our super soft organic cotton slub jersey t-shirts, which are on sale online and in Sperry Top-Sider stores across the country.

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