“Simply grab a trash bag and some gloves and head to your nearest lake, river, or steam to pick up trash yourself. Or you can join an organized water cleanup. Sustainable apparel company United By Blue is committed to removing one pound of trash from waterways for every one of its items sold, so it regularly organizes waterway cleanups.”
“If you want the durability and space of a weekender bag without the price point of some of the other options on this list, United By Blue has you set. The brand crafts its bags sustainably and also removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways when you purchase it — that’s enough of a story on its own, even if this piece wasn’t finished off with antique brass hardware and waxed canvas set to break in as you use it.”
“Made of recycled polyester & spandex, these lightweight, durable boardshorts are made with 4-way stretch to ensure for max comfort.”
“This year for Earth Day, you can help clean up the planet by doing nothing more than taking a dip in the pool. United by Blue’s new Board Shorts come in a wide selection of styles, colors, and patterns, and all of them are made with 85 percent recycled polyester, which means that just by wearing them, you’re helping to keep disposable plastics out of landfills.”
“One look at United by Blue’s Instagram feed and it’s obvious that it’s more than just a series of photos: it’s a visual love letter to the environment, a tidy grid of wanderlust-inducing beaches, lakes, mountains and forests. The feed is an extension of the eco-conscious outdoor apparel brand who has made its mark on the local retail scene.”
“There’s nothing special about this classic two-tone vest. And that’s why we like it. United By Blue’s version has a recycled polyester shell, organic cotton chambray lining, and PrimaLoft Eco Recycled Fiber Fill insulation that's made from recycled plastic bottles.”
“Despite its solid tech resume (a buttery smooth poly liner and recycled fleece shell), the Juno has more than a touch of style, with a playful oversize chest pocket and burnt-orange color contrasts.”
“Now's a perfect time to replace your worn-down messenger bag or briefcase. Since spring is about lightening things up a bit, you may want to consider a canvas bag over leather. These options from Topo Designs and United By Blue are stylish and professional, and roomy enough to comfortably stow most 15" laptops.”
“The United By Blue Mt. Drew Duffle that you see here has been more than up to the task of handling all of my style essentials . . . if you’re going to be lugging this around the country as I’ve been, durability is going to be crucial. Luckily, the 18oz. organic waxed canvas is a huge plus — the bag has so far stood up to being jammed in overhead compartments and carried around on the subway, and it hasn’t shown any signs of ripping or giving out.”
“We’ve compiled a list of useful, lovely, and weird gifts for your adventurous other because nothing is more adventurous than telling someone you love them. First, this Explorers Axe. Because they are worth it.”
“Ultimate American Bison Sock: We can’t guarantee when you go looking for United by Blue’s Ultimate American Sock that they won’t already be sold-out — these things sell out with the speed of, well, a heard of bison.”
“United by Blue is an eco-conscious company dedicated to making high-quality goods while helping to preserve the ocean, and with this Lakeland Laptop Bag, they do exactly that. Crafted out of waxed canvas, the bag is available in a variety of colors (and all-business black), has leather straps and brass hardware, and a ton of pockets (both interior and exterior) to keep your stuff organized.”
“Give your jeans a rest. Mix it up with the United by Blue Dominion Twill Pant. Made with organic cotton, these slim fit pants have a worn-in feel, even brand new.”
“There’s a reason the bison in classic American West paintings face into the wind, all stoic-looking and toasty. Their wool is one of the warmest natural insulators on the planet—even when it’s wet. That’s also why United By Blue decided to use bison down in its new Bison Snap Jacket.”
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“Business–and therefore the scale of restoration projects–is growing. United By Blue sells its wares through two Philadelphia flagship stores, its website, and 400 retailers, including Nordstrom. Each location serves as a recruiting venue for volunteers, who collected 250,000 pounds of gunk from waterways across 23 states and Canada from 2010 through 2015.”
“Known for its commitment to sustainability and the environment, the Lakeland Laptop Bag sticks to the company’s message by making use of organic (and sturdy) 18oz canvas. Refined full-grain leather detailing and a reinforced leather bottom add to this bag’s unique air of stylish versatility. The brass hardware and padded laptop sleeve give the Lakeland another dose of durability that’ll keep going and going.”
“Founded in 2010 in Philadelphia by Brian Linton and Mike Cangi, United By Blue matches every purchase of its sustainable products to a tangible environmental action—like removing a pound of trash from oceans and waterways through cleanups organized and hosted directly by the company.”
“There’s actually a whole section of the show called “Venture Out” that’s filled with brands like Snow Peak, Topo Designs and United by Blue, which are sort of the indie darlings of this set and of the show, generally, with beautifully designed apparel and accessories that appeal to design-conscious people.”
“As the name implies, the Bison uses bison fiber as insulation, which, like wool, works well in a wide range of temperatures. Bucket hand pockets and earthy color options make this a perfect après-ski pick.”
“When your ocean adventuring, you really only rely on one piece of clothing, your board shorts. United By Blue is an awesome brand that donates from each sale to cleaning up ocean communities around the world, but they also make a really nice pair of shorts. Super comfy fit, simple and stylish and really stretchy and comfy which makes them great for surfing as they wont tear as easy, these shorts are the short of shorts.”
“When Mike Cangi and Brian Linton started apparel company United By Blue in Philadelphia in 2010, they wanted to bake environmental sustainability into their business from the get-go. The young founders began with a line of organic t-shirts, promising to remove a pound of trash from oceans and waterways for every product sold. By 2015, they had delivered on this promise, cleaning up 250,000 pounds of trash.”
“This season sees the rare re-introduction of natural insulation: bison wool. United By Blue worked with U.S. ranchers to harvest wool for its B100 Fill bison fiber insulation. The fill boasts a high Clo rating and down-like loft.”
“Philly-based United By Blue wants to swaddle you in a different natural fiber: bison wool. The company, which already makes socks out of the stuff, is using the material in its new, supremely toasty Ultimate American Jacket, slated to ship in March . . . the insulating power is undeniable.”
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“The Ultimate American Jacket is a fully waterproof coat with a removable bison wool liner. No bison were killed or injured in the making of the jacket. The brand uses buffalo wool that is left after the animal is slaughtered by another company. They ensure that nothing goes to waste.”
“For United By Blue, getting into bison wool was a journey to find better and more creative solution for sustainable outerwear.”
“United By Blue’s Ultimate American Jacket uses a proprietary insulation called B100 Fill, which is a sheet-style insulation made in part with bison wool. There’s also a sheep wool interior vest. The jacket is mega warm, waterproof, and 100% domestically sourced.”
“United by Blue is an eco-conscious company dedicated to making quality apparel while helping to preserve the ocean, which means you can feel good about buying this Wool Throw Blanket. Available in traditional buffalo plaid or green, white, and blue tartan, the blanket is made of 100% wool and is just as perfect for a picnic by the lake as it is for lounging on the couch.”
“Cleanse Your Closet: Keep the clothes that make you feel good, recycle the rest, and vow to look for organic clothing as a first choice for a new wardrobe. There are so many conscientious brands—Eileen Fisher, United By Blue, Kowtow—and when you buy from them, you make the world a better place. ”
“I’m taking along a new piece of luggage, a sturdy and functional United By Blue duffle bag made from solid waxed canvas. The Moss color is just different enough from my Navali Stowaway Weekender, so it’s a nice addition to my everyday travel carry. And as I’ll also be on the road in the coming weeks, it’ll certainly get a lot of use.”
“Wool is the miracle fiber that makes winter doesn't seem so bad — seriously. Not only is it naturally odor-resistant and insulating, it can be slipper-like soft. These trail socks from United By Blue are made in North Carolina and represent one less pound of trash in the ocean with each purchase.”
“Since aged charm is much of what you’re after, many cabins or log homes use knotty pine paneling and the accouterments of hunting lodge motif to help set the tone. Antique furniture either weathered or in a rural finish, under exposed rafters, antler chandeliers, indoor-outdoor wicker seating all create a scene. And porcelain eating plates, wood hewn-and-branded Day-to-Night Coasters and something like our United by Blue Wilderness enamelware/steel cup to help to get the feel.”
“'Being based in Philadelphia, everyone here at United By Blue loves the idea of having a physical presence in Manhattan.' said company Founder and President Brian Linton, 'The United By Blue pop-up at Seaport Studios is a great way for us to test the waters in a market where we would eventually like to have a permanent store. We look forward to seeing how NYC responds to our responsible, durable goods.'”
“United by Blue is an eco-conscious company dedicated to making quality apparel while helping to preserve the ocean, which means you can both look good and feel good when you purchase the Foraker Jacket. Harkening back to the traditional work coat donned by your grandfather’s generation, the coat is made out of sturdy duck canvas with brass buttons and multiple pockets.”
"United By Blue, an innovator and leader in socially responsible business practices and products, is delighted to announce the company’s first brand store in New York City will be open from December 7 – January 17th at Seaport Studios in Lower Manhattan. Open for business through the holidays, United By Blue will maintain the concept shop in a revitalized area of one of Manhattan’s oldest neighborhoods."
"How did United By Blue, a retail company and coffee shop that cleans trash out of waterways on a volunteer basis, raise over $500,000 from ICP? Moore said there’s a strong alignment between the company’s mission and its metrics: For every piece of retail sold in their stores, the company promises to clean one pound of trash from the world’s waterways."
“The Bison Snap Jacket is a lightweight, water repellant piece that’s ideal for mild winter temperatures (above freezing).”
"Made from sturdy 18 oz. organic waxed cotton canvas, the duffle bag packs just about as much of a punch as you’d want, featuring durable brass hardware, a cotton lining and enough space to comfortably pack for a weekend away."
"Finally, a coaster that does double duty: on one side, Coffee (day); on the other, Beer (night). Hand cut from fallen trees that grew in the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, the coasters are then sanded, polished, and branded with the Day to Night designs, making them the perfect accessory for your coffee table or bar top."
"The concept was to create a piece of outerwear that's uniquely American, so choosing an animal indigenous to the States was only natural. Plus, that fur is warm. Warm enough that the coat itself is about twice as good at protecting you from the cold as your average ski jacket, and on par with heavy polar equipment."
"Outdoor lifestyle brand United By Blue teams up with natural skin care company Ursa Major to launch the limited-edition Blue Ridge Kit. It’s an exclusive, travel-ready collection of skin products set to make your next trek a pleasure – in more ways than one."
"Rogue Soaps: Though nice-smelling soap isn’t too hard to find around the holidays, Rogue Soap is pretty danged special. These soaps are inspired by some of the most beautiful spots in Oregon, including the Rogue River, Siskiyou Forest, and Crater Lake. The Ultimate American Jacket: If it’s warm enough to keep bison alive on the frozen wastes of Wyoming, it’s warm enough keep your loved one comfortable on his outdoor adventures."
"United by Blue has already shattered their Kickstarter goal, so we were especially curious to get hands on their Ultimate American Jacket. Made entirely in the USA, this isn't like most other winter performance apparel out there."
"Now, thanks to apparel company United By Blue, the American bison has become an American fabric. Noting the impressive warmth properties of bison fur, the Philadelphia-based brand has developed an outerwear line utilizing a revolutionary bison-based insulation that performs as well as or better than leading sheep’s wool insulations."
"New innovations in outerwear don't come around all that often, so it's a big deal when a company brings something original to market. This year, we've been impressed by United By Blue, a sustainable company that's pioneered the use of bison fiber in technical outdoor gear."
"Today there are three UBB stores, and its products are sold in more than 400 retail locations. It also employs 25 people, nearly all of whom are younger than 30. The whole staff pitches in on cleanups. Their reward: themed potluck lunches, quarterly meetings held at campsites, and access to the shops’ DIY workshops to learn skills including kombucha brewing, bookbinding, or terrarium making."
"To get around Grand Rapids, I layered up in a nice, insulating ribbed cotton henley via the fine folks at United By Blue."
"This two-tone henley is crafted from 100% organic cotton, a big selling point if you’re an eco-conscious shopper. It’s a waffle ribbed cotton knit, so it’s got some good texture to it — enough so that you shouldn’t feel out of place rocking it under, say, a blue chambray shirt, or even as the top half of an outfit featuring navy sneakers. "
"United By Blue’s Murray Plaid Dress feels like a nightgown but looks like a dress. With a sophisticated approach to seasonal plaid, this classic shirt dress is flattering on a variety of figures and can be worn with or without the belt."
"This conscious outdoor clothing brand is dedicated to sourcing materials for its jackets, socks, blankets and more from American producers, and eliminating waste in supply chains. United By Blue’s new Kickstarter campaign is raising funds to better source bison fiber for a new, ultra-warm jacket."
"Resist the urge to leave the United by Blue Explorers ax mounted above the fireplace. The sturdy hickory handle and two-pound head make it an excellent choice for actually chopping wood."
"Tafton Hoodie: Wear it to the office, wear it on a date - definitely wear it camping. Get that new hoodie by United by Blue a good smokey smell. The Gram Axe: When you're done chopping wood, bring this back home to retake it's spot on the wall - because The Gram Axe is art."
"New from United by Blue, the outerwear insulates using fiber made from the shaggy hair of the humpbacked wild ox, giving you the same thick coat that keeps the large bovine warm during cold season. And it will do that without dressing you up like a giant buffalo, either, so you get to look just as stylish as you do with whatever down jacket you’ve been braving winter with all these years."
"To United By Blue, bison means insulation and warmth. United By Blue is an outdoor brand from Philly that is passionate about oceans and waterways. Part of their company’s mission is to remove 1 pound of trash from a river or ocean for every product sold. Recently, they turned to Kickstarter to launch two new products featuring their proprietary insulation, B100 Fill, that’s made from American Bison wool."
"In other quirky-materials-in-jackets news this week, United By Blue’s Kickstarter campaign for a bison-fiber-insulated jacket is well underway. Made entirely in the US, the four-layer Ultimate American jacket features bison-fiber insulation, a waterproof, breathable shell, removable vest and 14 pockets in total—with both men’s and women-specific fits."
"Bison are as American as it gets, and from the Great Plains comes a jacket insulated by their fur, a unique natural fiber."
"What does it really mean to make a product in a sustainable way entirely within the United States? We quickly learned that the most challenging aspect was to find sustainably and domestically sourced natural fibers that stood up to the high standards and rigors of our brand. Ultimately, the solution surprised us. We found a fantastic natural fiber that’s not only sustainable, but also underutilized and found only in North America: the American Bison."
"Chop in style with the Explorers Axe from United by Blue. A collaboration between a century’s old tool manufacturer, a group of North American explorers, and a talented sign painter has resulted in a collection of 5 stunning camp axes worthy of a gallery."
"United by Blue is currently crowdfunding a bison jacket. When I read that, I pictured either something straight off the set of Dances with Wolves, but it turns out instead of being a giant bison hide with a zipper, these guys are taking bison fur and creating an insulation material to fill the jacket and give you that burly warmth those plains pounders enjoy all through their mountain winters."
"The latest in non-down outerwear is United By Blue’s bison-hair-insulated jacket. The waterproof four-layer jacket features a removable vest and 14 pockets for prime versatility as fall inches towards winter. The naturally temperature-regulating bison fibers make it great for temperatures between -10 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit. And lastly, it’s made entirely in the USA."
"Philadelphia-based clothing and accessories provider United By Blue has introduced the Ultimate American Jacket™, a waterproof insulated winter jacket sourced and built entirely in the United States and made with bison fiber insulation."
"There's a new standard in cold weather jackets and it's 100% American. The Ultimate American Jacket is a 4-layer, waterproof winter jacket with B100 Fill Bison fiber insulation. It's incredibly warm and waterproof, yet breathable and comfortable. And it looks fantastic too."
"I’m not sure why bison look so grumpy. If these socks are any indication, they should look happy all the time. My feet have been very happy wearing these United by Blue, Ultimate American socks. I sometimes have them on my feet for close to 20 hours at a time."
"United by Blue, a 5 1/2-year-old retailer based in Old City, put its "Ultimate American Jacket" on the crowdfunding site last week, surpassing its $50,000 goal within a day of launch and raising more than $132,000 in its first week."
"The Bike Beer Carrier is an accessory every beer-lovin’ man should have. Throw in your favorite six-pack, strap it over the top tube of your bike, and secure for a safe ride. Whether heading to a friend’s party, dinner at your favorite BYOB restaurant, or just home from the liquor store, this is a must-have."
"Claiming to keep you comfortable in everything from rainy Seattle fall days to full on Siberian winters, United By Blue’s new Ultimate American Jacket uses bison fiber as insulation. Waterproof as well as warm, the layers of the jacket can be shed or added according to the prevailing conditions."
"Autumn is the best time for outdoor adventures. Get out there as the leaves turn with this gear. United By Blue Ultimate American Sock."
"In true celebration of American manufacturing and the American Bison, United By Blue has unveiled the Ultimate American Jacket, a premium waterproof insulated winter jacket sourced and built entirely within the United States and made with the ultimate American natural insulation — Bison fiber."
"United By Blue has just announced their new Ultimate American Jacket, an American-made jacket which features a removable fleece vest liner and uses bison fiber as insulation within its waterproof shell. Seems like a pretty awesome jacket, look for a review to follow."
"Just because you ride your bike, doesn't mean you can't bring along your favorite beer. Conveniently carry a 6-pack right on your bike with the United by Blue X Yards Brewing Co. Bike Beer Carrier."
"We like flannel for its unbeatable next-to-skin feel, and we like dresses for their versatility. Combine the two and you have the ideal post-ski kit. Bonus: the Philadelphia-based brand uses a portion of its proceeds to organize water-cleanup efforts."
"The Philadelphia-based outdoor lifestyle company, United By Blue has just completed its 141st "cleanup." This evening members picked up trash at Bartram's Garden along the Schuylkill River. Since 2010 the company says it has removed more than 250 thousand pounds of trash from oceans and waterways in our area."
"United by Blue has a fantastic boardshort called Stillwater that features classic cuts paired with modern function. It is crafted from a blend of recycled polyester and spandex to have the stretch you need to stay comfortable all day long."
"For most guys, vests are flair enough. Which is why we appreciate the simplicity of the Drummond. It’s got some solid technical bona fides, too: a wool and recycled-polyester shell insulated with 500-fill duck down keeps you toasty, while a snap-button flap over the chest zipper blocks snow. The chambray liner is soft enough to wear against bare skin (but please don’t)."
"Taking a unique route, United By Blue designs the Bartrams Socks (MSRP $12) with recycled cotton, plus polyester and spandex. The recycled cotton is sourced from factory scraps and post-consumer cotton garments, which compliments the environmental benefits gained by sourcing organic cotton."
"If recycling seems like a hassle, then consider shopping at United By Blue. Since launching 5-years ago, they’ve picked up nearly 250,000 pounds of trash removed from oceans and rivers on behalf of their pledge to remove 1 pound of trash for each product sold. The company — staffed entirely by 20-somethings — sells a wide collection of salvaged goods."
"United by Blue is all about sustainability. Case in point, these organic cotton twill pants, which are extremely comfortable thanks to a light stonewashing, but look pretty dang sharp, too."
"United By Blue officially passed the 250,000 lbs. benchmark Saturday, September 19, at the company’s 140th cleanup effort at Brandywine Creek in Wilmington, Delaware with over 100 community members in attendance and over 1,800 lbs. of trash removed from the park."
"Upholding a mission that inspired the company name, invigorates company work culture, and is imprinted upon every product sold, United By Blue couldn’t be more gratified to announce that over 250,000 pounds of trash have been removed from rivers, creeks, canals, and ocean-fronts since the company’s founding in 2010."
"Their beautiful products, which walk the line between fine apparel and technical gear, are as diverse as they are lovely — check out the Explorers Axe and the über technical Ultimate American Sock (made with bison wool). United by Blue’s flagship store in Philadelphia doubles as one of the city’s finest coffee shops and a DIY classroom. Road trip, anyone?"
"In true celebration of American manufacturing and the American Bison, United By Blue is proud to unveil the Ultimate American Jacket™, a premium waterproof insulated winter jacket sourced and built entirely within the United States and made with the ultimate American natural insulation: Bison fiber."
"And if the couple’s interest lies in cleaning up the oceans, a gift from United by Blue of a pass to America’s national parks helps to clean up our waterways."
"In this video, we get a look at the new Kato Vest that the company is preparing to release in the spring. In keeping with UBB's environmental mission it features organic cotton fabrics and an insulation made from recycled materials. It just so happens to look good too."
"This summer, eco-friendly clothing retailer United by Blue teamed up with the Philadelphia-based Yards Brewing Company to create products to enhance the enjoyment of both bikes and beer."
"The perfect accessories for the urban commuter who would rather ride their bike than battle the Parking Authority, United By Blue joined with a local craft brewery Yards Brewing Company to create a bike beer and hand carriers that are sturdy, durable, and reliable."
"The Standard Zip is about as simple and as straightforward as a hoodie can get, and at $55 USD, it’s not at all a bad price if you’re looking for a sharp, thin, 100% organic cotton hoodie from a company that isn’t merely talking about responsibility and sustainability."
"Haffenberg was representing PIPs Rewards, a program aimed at incentivizing social good, when she joined the team of about 30 volunteers and headed to the park Thursday. Sponsored by sustainable outdoor clothing retailer United By Blue, the park cleanup has become an annual tradition for the group."
"Counter to the single-use or “fast fashion” mentality, durability and sustainability drive everything in their product line, explains Linton. United By Blue focuses on styles and designs that are more timeless, sourcing sustainable fibers such as organic cotton and recycled poly—“all as low impact as possible.”"
"Every year, the annual Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake brings upwards of 30,000 people to the city over the course of a week. That kind of traffic certainly leaves its mark, which is why United By Blue has been coming to the show early for the last 4 years to help clean up local waterways. This year, United By Blue hosted a cleanup of the Jordan River on Saturday, August 1st, partnering with Subaru and Backcountry.com. The Clean up, drawing a crowd of over 40 local volunteers removed 531 pounds of trash from the Jordan River."
"United By Blue, an outdoor apparel company, organized a cleanup of the Jordan River at Jordan Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday ... Volunteers at the United by Blue cleanups have removed 641 pounds of trash from the Jordan River since 2012, the company said. Subaru and Backcountry.com also are official sponsors of this year's project."
"An exhibitor at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Summer Market expo plans to continue its annual tradition of cleaning up the Jordan River and is inviting the public to help. Since beginning its mission of conservation, United By Blue has completed 130 cleanups across 21 states and Canada, removing a total of 250,000 pounds of trash from rivers, lakes and the ocean."
"The pollution of the world’s oceans and rivers is one of the most pressing environmental issues facing the planet. To date, UBB has conducted 130 cleanups across 21 U.S. states, removing over 243,843 pounds of trash from rivers, streams, creeks and beaches and will work alongside Subaru once again to bring together thousands of volunteers across the country to help address an ever-present threat to the environment."
"During a stop at the outstanding Pop-Up Flea trade show and exhibition earlier this spring in NYC, I came across an eyecatching booth outfitted with rustic décor, durable chore coats and soft T-shirts. It quickly became apparent that United By Blue wasn’t any ordinary clothing company schilling at trade shows, though."
"The coolest thing about the Stillwater isn’t aesthetic. To start, the shorts are made of 85 percent recycled material. Then United by Blue takes it to another level. For each product they sell, the company pledges to remove one pound of trash from a beach or shoreline ... if UBB can make that commitment to the environment, I can make a commitment to shop their website. In addition to supporting a great cause, I wear great clothes."
"These handmade axes by United by Blue are true works of art. Partnering with designers and explorers, they’ve released a few of these very limited axes for the rest of us to enjoy. Granted, if you actually need an axe, you’ll have the coolest one in the woods. If you live in a loft in Brooklyn, these make a fine piece of wall art."
"For the Classic Dad: The Stillwater shorts are made from recycled polyester and spandex to provide him all the comfort and stretch he'll need for spending summer days at the lake. Plus, they're almost good looking enough to make the transition to streetwear — after all, if anyone can pull it off, it's dad."
"[For The “Cool Dad”] An upgraded pair of swim trunks (like these striped board shorts from United By Blue) could also be a great buy."
"The epic Take a Break Summer Giveaway may just provide the tools you need to rediscover your taste for adventure. United By Blue, one of our favorite brands, is contributing a set of camping mugs, two t-shirts, a hoodie, and matching backpack, duffle bag, and travel case. These alone are worth the few moments and clicks it takes to enter the giveaway."
"Of, course, no proper campout, be it in the backyard or in a state park, is complete without the compulsory gear. While most of these items, many American-made, are geared slightly more toward backyard excursions, they’ll all still come in handy in when venturing out into less familiar outdoor settings. United By Blue Camp Stool."
"The Stillwater Boardshort features a four-way performance stretch fabric, a comfortable but not baggy 9″ inseam and two neat wave prints to choose from. Not a bad way to give back to the very water you’ll take a dip in. And given that June 8 was World Oceans Day, it’s just the right time to grab one."
"Many businesses and entrepreneurs are united by the almighty green. But Brian Linton, the 28-year-old founder and CEO of Philadelphia’s United By Blue (UBB), wanted to create a brand that was united and motivated by something else entirely: water; more precisely, clean water."
"United By Blue makes durable bags that come with lifetime guarantees. We were lucky enough to try out their Hudderton backpack, and we were very impressed with the craftsmanship. It’s made of 100% organic waxed canvas that can withstand any punishment from man or beast, plus genuine full grain leather and a hardy interior lined with cotton. If you purchase a Hudderton backpack now, your great grandchildren will likely wear it while scaling mountains on Mars."
"United by Blue isn’t just making clothes: they’re making a difference. The company promises to remove one pound of trash from waterways for every product purchased. Recently, the company hit a huge milestone by removing over 200,000 pounds of trash over the past five years. The company hosts independent cleanups, and employees organize community outreach and operations. Thus far, United by Blue has hosted over 118 cleanups in 21 states, which we think is pretty awesome."
"On May 1, 2015, United By Blue opened the doors of their newest store in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The ocean front space offers a unique, seasonal retail experience that also highlights United By Blue’s commitment to clean oceans and waterways. The opening of the Asbury Park location marks United By Blue’s third brand store and first located outside the company’s home state of Pennsylvania."
"My must-have accessory: United By Blue Stillwater boardshorts. Bermuda's the kind of place where you'll be justifiably tempted to rock a pair of boardshorts from the time you get off the plane to the time you check out. UBB uses a blend of recycled polyester and spandex to give you a little stretch, ensuring they’re comfortable and quick-drying which is key if you want to go from rising out of the water on a flyboard to grabbing a burger at the nearby Woody’s Restaurant without having to change first."
"Introduce a sorbet-colored pair of jeans in your denim rotation. Paired with a gray T-shirt, it’s a solid look. United By Blue Men’s Standard V-Neck T-shirt. Your canvas jacket need not be the same shade of blue or black you’ve had for years. Khaki is an equally approachable color that doesn’t look quite as heavy. United By Blue Foraker Canvas Coat, Shirt, Dominion Twill Pant."
"A bison's inner coat regulates the animal's body temperature by insulating and keeping wetness away from its skin. It's the reason the majestic creatures can thrive in climates as varied as those of Wyoming and Texas. In North Dakota, ranchers collect the precious "bison down" from naturally shed coats and sell the fiber to UNITED BY BLUE, which weaves it in with merino wool to craft the Ultimate American Sock. Put it on, and you've got a foot covering as warm and soft as cashmere."
"United by Blue’s socks are made with bison wool—its downy fibers make it lighter than sheep’s wool. It also regulates temperature better."
"The Philadelphia based company United by Blue has been named "Best for Community" by the B lab, which means that it ranks within the top 10% of companies who are a benefit to the community, said a press release. "
"Humanity owes a lot to the axe. For millennia, our ancestors used axes to fell and chop trees, break open stubborn fruit, and cut apart just about everything. The axe compounded our limited physical capabilities and helped us carve civilization out of wilderness. Now, United By Blue is helping men return to the wild with their Explorers Collection of axes."
"The brand's mission is to clean up water pollution. For every product sold, United by Blue will remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through company organized and hosted cleanups. Our pick: this easy, super-comfy color-block dress."
"If you’re ready to take a dip in the river, look no further than United by Blue. Their sturdy and well-cut boardshorts are a classic look, with just as much function as they have form. Crafted from a blend of recycled polyester and spandex, these boardshorts have the stretch you need to stay comfortable on the water."
"On top of producing eco-friendly fashion from recycled and repurposed materials, United by Blue makes another big commitment to the world—for each product that it sells, the brand removes a pound of trash from oceans and waterways through city cleanups. Since it launched in 2010, the brand has hosted and organized over 120 cleanups in 21 states, bringing together more than 4,000 volunteers to remove over 250,000 pounds of trash."
"United By Blue’s commitment to environmental stewardship, centered around waterway cleanups, offers a prime example of how for-profit business can galvanize communities around cleaning up local rivers and oceans."
"We Like: the Ayres Chambray, a sharp indigo blue button-down shirt made from organic cotton. Also of interest is their Ultimate American Sock, made from bison down and quite possibly the warmest socks ever made."
"You don’t have to be a timber-hardened lumberjack to appreciate the satisfying heft of a well-balanced ax. For total campsite domination, get your keyboard-calloused hands on one of the chic choppers in the Explorers Collection from United By Blue."
"In its fifth year of business, United by Blue set the bar for responsible product. The little company that could recently hit a major milestone: over 200,000 pounds of trash from U.S. waterways… 200,000 POUNDS."
"Remove one pound of trash for every piece of clothing sold. That is United By Blue’s promise to its customers. So far, that promise has removed 203,510 pounds of garbage in 21 states over five years."
"This spring, UBB is launching a new line of board shorts that fit right in line with the company’s mission of waterway conservation. Combining classic styling and modern function, these trunks feature 85% recycled polyester, 4-way dimensional stretch, and non-velcro closures."
"Made in North Carolina, with five custom designed handles made of hickory wood topped by a two pound head, this is a gorgeous piece of outdoorsmanship that would either make you look badass on your next camping trip or hang nicely in a shed or above a fireplace."
"Comfortable, durable, and softer than cashmere, these Kickstarter-funded socks are designed to keep your dogs warm and dry all through unpredictable spring weather."
"United by Blue, previously featured in our Crafted Made in USA Gift Guide 2014, has just released their new Explorers Axe collection, a series of handcrafted, hand-painted axes made in North Carolina."
"The BPA-free bottle is made here in the States from recycled aluminum. The quarter-turn cap is easy to use and never leaks even a drip. Best of all, United by Blue pledges to remove one pound of trash for every product sold."
"Those on the market for a special new tool to perform these tasks should look no further than the Explorers Axe, a collection of heirloom-quality camp axes so handsome that you’ll want to display them in your home as outdoorsy objets d’art."
"Explorers Axe: Beautiful and perfect for splitting wood, each axe purchase helps United By Blue’s effort to clean up our ocean and waterway. Stillwater Boardshorts: These earth-friendly shorts are decorated with a natural wave colorway and classically cut with a non-velcro closure. Given a durable water-repellent finish, these bottoms are ready for this summer’s waves."
"There are a lot of “outdoor apparel” brands on the market, many of which claim to be lovers of the outdoors. However, few have built this appreciation for the natural world into their brand DNA like United By Blue. The axes, which are handcrafted in North Carolina, reflect this, and they succeed in placing functionality, aesthetic beauty and environmental preservation on a equal plane. "
"These axes are more than just wall art. United By Blue’s The Explorers Axe was designed in collaboration with a storied tool manufacturer, a group of explorers, and a talented sign painter. The result is a collection of 5 beautiful, yet functional camp axes."
"New to the sock scene — United By Blue invents the Ultimate American Sock, a bison fiber blend in a lifestyle/hike sock that the brand prides itself on complete transparency."
"You’ve been wearing knit caps all winter long, but spring is the chance to let your ears breathe for the first time in months. This Woodland Cap will keep your head warm without screaming, “I LITERALLY CANNOT BELIEVE IT’S SNOWING AGAIN WHY GOD WHY, I AM SO OVER THIS WEATHER.”"
"Every man has a go-to seasonal piece of clothing that he wants to wear every day. It’s his security blanket and part of his uniform, but for most guys, that jacket or sweater eventually has to be taken off and stored until next year. And then there’s the Woolfill Snapshirt Jacket from United By Blue and Duckworth."
"To utilize this warm and soft down, merino wool was combined to make the socks. The merino wool also comes from the United States, making the socks 100 percent American made."
"Bison do not wear socks, but they do produce something to make socks. United By Blue has produced socks combining merino wool and bison down."
"Make it at home with a copper Mule Mug from Old City-based United by Blue."
"I’ve taken to wearing a uniform this winter. I admit I’m not the best at layering, but I’ve developed some sort of formula for when layers are necessary for survival. I start with a band mandarin-collar shirt under a round-neck sweater, relaxed dark trousers, woolly socks, chunky black shoes, sunglasses and gloves."
"United By Blue is not the world’s first Benefit Corporation, a certification given to companies committed to social and environmental change. But they do have one of the cooler business models we’ve seen...And not only do these socks help the environment, they’re also super warm and cozy thanks to a weave of American-raised merino wool."
"We are all familiar with the synthetics and Merino Wool but Alpaca Wool and Bison Down are latest additions. The newest product to hit the shelves is made of Bison down. Yep! BISON! United By Blue has come out with the The Ultimate American Sock. These socks have been gaining popularity following after the completion of a successful Kickstarter Campaign."
"This stylish, well-constructed and versatile jacket is brought to you as part of a limited-run UBB x Duckworth collaboration. This woolfill snapshirt jacket is rugged enough for any outdoor adventures but stylish and tailored enough for your day to day urban lifestyle."
"Casual Friday: Layer Your Look. The end of the work week calls for a laidback outfit that’s still big on style. Bag: “Sutter’s Mill” tool bag by United By Blue."
"We live in apartments and work in offices, so no one really spends anywhere near the amount of time outside that they want to. For those who want to infuse the fresh smell of the great outdoors without actually having to go out there, these We Took to the Woods Candles ($45, United By Blue) are perfect."
"In the wake of an exceedingly successful crowd-funding campaign, the mission-driven urban outdoor clothing and accessory brand United By Blue is riding high into 2015 with an array of new styles and products. Debuting stylish, socially responsible, and innovative new apparel and accessories, United By Blue is proud to unveil the brand's Fall 2015 lineup at the Winter Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow"
"The Ultimate American Sock is 100% crafted in the USA and combines two natural fibers grown in the American Rocky Mountains: Merino Wool and Bison Down. The product and packaging carry an authentic and natural feel with the kraft box and bison image right on the package."
""Because the Ultimate American Sock project was so different," he said, "and the price of the sock is so high, we felt the best way to go was to crowd-fund it on Kickstarter." To his pleasant surprise, Linton presold 5,000 pairs of the socks (discounted for investors) and raised $140,000 in 30 days. Come March, when the socks arrive here, Philly will be the bison-down capital of the civilized world."
"The Ultimate American Sock by United by Blue – we were introduced to these socks through their recent crowd-fund campaign, which was a huge success. Apply loads of moisturizer to your tired feet and then put a pair of these socks on to keep your feet warm and cozy through the winter months."
"Think of this as an alcohol enthusiast’s two-for-one deal. Not only do these copper mugs complete one of our favorite cocktail, they’re also durable, lightweight, and easy to clean—making them as (almost) as popular around the campfire and around the bar."
"These super soft socks will keep your feet warm in the most frigid of conditions even though they’re durable and made to last. I’ve put them to the test against the rainy Norcal winter, and they kept my feet warm and dry after 4 hours outdoors. Did I mention how good they look?"
"I was able to try a pair and, before I could pull them on my feet, the first element that caught my attention was the sock packaging: The pair comes in an artistically designed box that’s made in Wisconsin. The detail-oriented aesthetics of the sock also took me by surprise—a zigzag heritage-style line is knit across the top and a buffalo figure is knit in the bottom.The above-ankle height and fibers are extremely warm and reminded me of the traditional thick wool socks that I wore as a kid—the perfect comfy house slipper or to pair with snow boots on a cold winter day."
"Since you’re probably going to get socks for Christmas anyways, you might as well insist on some really, really nice ones. We suggest you go for these. United by Blue, a company that used Kickstarter to fund the brilliant project, blends bison down with merino wool to create the ultimate fabric, and uses it to make the ultimate socks."
"Yeah, it's a Kickstarter, but the company guarantees us its $35 gift package — which includes the socks and a tuft of the down along with an explanation of it — will arrive in time for Christmas. On your feet, the socks' interior pile feels like walking on tufts of silk."
"We managed to get our hands on a pre-production pair of these socks to demo and they are incredibly luxurious! I can’t say that I’d ever owned a bison wool piece, but this definitely won’t be my last. They’re almost too thick to fit in my winter boots! They’re also great for wearing around the house on cold nights."
"United by Blue’s ‘American Sock’ Kickstarter has more than met it’s goal, thanks to a cool, American product that is preselling like hotcakes. Socks made from American Bison down are created from the short, soft fiber of a buffalo’s coat."
"United by Blue is a new JUGs favorite, and honestly, the lumbersexual in your life will probably love anything from their store. But, these socks, in particular, make a great gift because they are far from ordinary. They are made from sustainably raised, humanely harvested bison wool."
"The Ultimate American Sock by United by Blue is 100% crafted in the USA and combines two natural fibers grown in the American Rocky Mountains: Merino Wool and Bison Down."
"Add to his collection with this maroon Waffle Scarf — the color is on point for the season, and the material is lighter, making it more casual and able to be worn in the Fall and in the early months of Spring just as much as it’ll be worn in February. At this price, buy one for yourself, too. You need one."
"Their Kickstarter campaign has already been so successful that they reached their goal within the first 36 hours. This means all their Early Backer socks were snapped up within hours. However, due to popular demand, UBB has added several new reward levels that will still allow you to give the gift of The Ultimate American Sock this holiday season. Don’t be surprised if eight reindeer and jolly St. Nick aren’t sporting this newfound discovery as well."
"You won’t find a more thoughtfully curated gift package than this one. It’s by local lifestyle brand United By Blue, and it includes the following UBB products: a cozy wool blanket; four pairs of trail socks; an enamelware set (two mugs, two plates, two bowls, one field pot); a totally waterproof, weatherproof notebook and—the pièce de résistance—a year-long National Park Pass, which covers all fees for over 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and grasslands. It all comes packed in a moss-colored UBB duffel. How to actually give it? Simply hand it over and take all the credit for putting the whole package together."
"United by Blue has managed to weave bison down, American manufacturing and an environmental impact into their stylish socks. For each pair sold, the company removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways. It’s definitely a product that follows the “thought that counts” philosophy. Lesson learned? If you’re going to do socks, get the best ones out there."
"Blended with bison wool and American merino wool, the socks are sourced and manufactured in the US, all the way down to the packaging. Backers can expect socks to be delivered by March, just in time to take advantage of the last bits of winter."
"In a color aptly named zinfandel, this 100-percent-wool sweater will keep you warm long after the wine runs out."
"Below, I’ve wrangled up a motley and merry assortment of goodies for the home and garden with an emphasis on independent designers, domestic manufacturing, charitable giving and the use of long-lasting and environmentally sustainable materials. Also: an emphasis on all-around awesomeness...And because you’re inevitably going to give someone a pair of socks, I’ve included a very special pair of those, too."
"United by Blue finds products with spirit as they give back by removing trash from oceans and waterways. Now they’ve pulled together down from bison underbellies (who knew), blended it with American merino wool and knit a plush, handsome sock that owned testers feet – and souls."
"When you slip your feet into a pair of Ultimate American Socks, you feel as if you are walking on clouds. The fit is incredibly soft and snug; however, the socks somehow also manage to be extremely tough and durable. The socks are also hypo-allergenic and anti-microbial, besides having moisture-wicking properties to keep you dry and comfortable."
"So what exactly is bison down? "[Sheep] wool on steroids," says UBB Founder Brian Linton. Bison has the same moisture-wicking, temperature-regulating, anti-microbial properties as sheep wool, but it's two times warmer and has a softness akin to cashmere, he says. "
"This time of year sends me digging deep into my sock drawer to find what’s warmest and hole-less and left over from last year. And lately, after learning about a new Kickstarter project put on by Philadelphia-based United by Blue, I’ve been yearning for some bison down socks, which are made from highly insulating, water-wicking, durable buffalo (Bison bison is its scientific name) hair."
"There are plenty of companies that make an effort to give back all year long. From footwear to eyeglasses, more and more brands are – thankfully – making an effort to put its profits to good use."
"So, how does United By Blue justify charging nearly $40 for socks? The answer lies in the scarcity of the key ingredient—a single bison produces just 4 to 6 ounces of down in a year, and one pound of bison down can cost $300. The plush undercoat of an American bison is said to be comparable to cashmere in softness, more durable than merino, and to offer unmatched thermo-regulation and moisture wicking properties."
"Now for the padding. They are like marshmallows on your feet. They are so thick you will want to wear them all day even off the trail."
"Made in the USA from bison down, these are quite possibly the coziest camp socks you'll ever find. A limited early run is already sold out, but you can still pre-order them (socks will ship in March) and get a placeholder gift pack delivered by December 25. $25/pair thru December 18; $38/pair retail."
"The Ultimate American Sock is 100% crafted in the USA and combines two natural fibers grown in the American Rocky Mountains: Merino Wool and Bison Down. Merino wool is well documented to be among natures best and warmest fiber, but Bison Down is even softer, more durable, and contains thousands of years of evolutionary adaptation to harsh winter environments — perfect to keep your feet warm in the winter."
"New Contenders for Warmest Socks on Earth. You might be familiar with our ongoing quest to find the warmest socks on earth. Well, here are the new heavyweight champs: the Ultimate American Sock from United by Blue made from bison down."
socks crafted from bison down
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"The United By Blue team, led by President and Founder Brian Linton, started with an animal at the center of American folklore and with thousands of years of evolutionary adaptation to harsh winter environments: the American Bison. Although rarely used in textile production, Bison actually produce a super fine undercoat of “down” that is thermal-regulating, moisture-wicking, extremely durable, and rivals the softness of cashmere."
"United By Blue, a mission-driven outdoor apparel brand, is proud to unveil the Ultimate American Sock, a truly American manufacturing journey that starts with domestically sourced Bison Down and Rambouillet Merino and moves through to a beautifully finished American-Made performance hiking sock."
"I've had the test sample out in temperatures from 15 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit in uninsulated hiking boots. They feel like they'd still be nice and warm down to at least 5 degrees, and have been perfectly comfortable up to 40. They're at least as warm as pure merino socks of similar weight, and do a better job of regulating temperature when things warm up."
"From socks made of bison down (yup, real thing. Who knew?) to crazy patterns that would knock a bison down, click through the slideshow for our favorite picks of the season."
"What, bison wool? Yeah, you had me at bison wool. We’re testing them now, but first impression is warm, soft and luxurious. Plus, they are made and sourced in the USA by United By Blue."
"Made by local clothier United By Blue, the socks are ultra-soft, warmer than wool, hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, and … not quite in production. To get your hands on a pair, you’ll need to visit their Kickstarter page."
"Philadelphia company United by Blue is putting together what they call the “Ultimate American Sock”, a blend of American bison down and American merino wool, made in a 100-year-old American factory, and for every sock sold, they’ll pull a pound of garbage out of an American ocean or waterway. That’s pretty damn American."