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Philadelphia based makers of responsible, durable goods. For each product we sell,
we remove 1 pound of trash from our oceans & waterways. #bluemovement #explorePA
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    Making trendy clothing, bags and jewelry, United by Blue is truly dedicated to helping our oceans. For every purchase, UBB removes one pound of trash from the oceans and waterways. You can contribute by volunteering at a clean-up or by selecting something stylish on their site, something that says, “I care too.” We love their old-timey and surfer style jewelry, reminding us to slow down and enjoy the little things.

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    2012 Mother Nature Network holiday gift guide: The festive 15

    By Matt Hickman

    It’s that time again …

    Without further ado, here are our picks for 15 unique, thoughtful and smile-inducing holiday gifts, many of which retail for under $50. Happy gifting!

    Market Tote
    Market Tote
    For your sister Laura, the bag-toting vagabond: Handsome, rugged and fitting for all sorts of excursions into the urban — and suburban — wilderness, the Market Tote from ocean-saving outfitter United By Blue features a durable 100 percent organic cotton canvas exterior, soft cotton interior, leather straps, brass hardware and roomy inside zipper pocket. Like with all United by Blue merch, for each bag sold the company pledges to remove a pound of trash through ocean and waterway cleanup initiatives. Recent volunteer-driven UBB cleanup efforts have included post-Superstorm Sandy cleanup missions in both Staten Island and Ocean City, N.J., and the removal of 230 pounds of litter from the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Available in moss, khaki, navy and nutmeg. $68 at United by Blue.

    Click here to view Mother Nature Network’s entire holiday gift guide.

    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

    Entrepreneur Profile: Brian Linton, Founder Of UBB

    "There are 7 billion people on the planet and the world is at a point in history where if we don’t start conserving the resources we have, our future is very grim. We use the equivalent of 1.5 Earths to provide the resources we use every year. I would love to be part of a movement that uses business to make a real and lasting positive impact on our planet."

    Get to know United By Blue’s Chief Trash Collector, Brian Linton, with Elite Daily’s Entrepreneur Profile

    United By Blue via Positive Impact Magazine

    By Vanessa 

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    The design and colors used in United by Blue tees are based on vintage nautical flavors

    “There is no green without the blue.” 

    We couldn’t agree more. That’s why we gravitated to United by Blue (UBB), the eco-sensitive company and ocean conservation venture founded by Brain Linton for the purpose of selling organic cotton graphic tees while uniting the world through water.

    Not a newcomer to Surf but one that always promises to inspire, United by Blue is run by Brian along with his ‘Director of Cleanups’ Mike Cangi. It’s these two that are solidly side-by-side selling vintage nautical designs and cleaning up the planet, one pound of trash at a time.

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    United by Blue showing the goods at Surf Expo

    That’s the core concept at UBB – for every product sold, they remove one pound of trash from the environment. And so far it has worked extraordinarily well. Retailers that choose to carry the brand also get involved in local cleanup programs. Brian sees it as a community builder and encourages their participation in the efforts. It doesn’t take much convincing.

    The folks at UBB are veritable professionals at the logistics of clean up and they come to the table with a template. When they partner with their customers and assist them with their environmental clean up efforts, the results are astounding. In fact, the team’s system is so effective that they are able to help their customers recruit volunteers, spearhead PR, and align with schools and corporate partners – all the while building good will within their community and cleaning it all up. What a plan!

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    All the United by Blue apparel is 100% organic cotton, stone-washed, slub jersey fabric

    UBB is a for-profit company, but the business model is designed so that when they sell more products they remove more trash. It’s so simply, simple yet highly effective that Subaru recently became the official sponsor and official clean up vehicle of UBB.  With 60 clean ups and 82,000 pounds of trash under their belt, their long-term goal is to have a positive impact on the planet. It looks like it is working.

    An Ocean Advisory Board is part of the equation and is made up of environmental experts dedicated to preserving and protecting the world’s waters for future generations. ‘The Blue Movement,’ of which UBB is a part, is forming groups all over the world. Each is committed to changing the misconception that our waterways don’t matter.

    “The very essence of The Blue Movement,” says Brian “is that each and everyone of us, no matter where we live, depend on the ocean for survival. And no matter where we live, we have the power to make a difference in an underwater eco-system thousands of miles away.”

    So, says Brian, “the concept behind UBB is built around a viable way to build a brand while accomplishing the most good possible for the environment.”

    “I believe in unorthodox business models and that is why we associate every business transaction with a concrete environmental action.”

    That is exactly what they are doing and we couldn’t agree more.

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