2018 Impact Report
2018 was a record year. We hit some major milestones, hosted cleanups in over 20 different states, picked up over 250 tons of trash, and worked with over 2,500 volunteers.
Trash Removal Goal: 500,000 lbs
Trash Removal Total: 533,502 lbs
New States Visited: 21
Total States Visited: 23
First Overseas Cleanup: Netherlands
This year we were proud to participate in a handful of worthy
conservation-related causes happening annually around the globe.
To celebrate Earth Day 2018, we gave you 23 ways to stay green and hosted two cleanups: 220 volunteers at Philadelphia’s Bartram’s Garden (Schuylkill River) and Frankford Creek worked together to pull more than 3,300 pounds of trash and recycling.
This past June, we shared some eye-opening stats on plastic pollution in the ocean, gave you 15 ways to reduce your plastic footprint, and asked you to join us in Brooklyn for a cleanup with the National Park Service, Natural Areas Conservancy, and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy.
We released our first limited edition World Oceans Day water bottle, and you gave your plastic-dependent friends a hint to break up with disposables.
After putting out a call for applicants to join us on our 2-month, 20-state Bluemovement Road Trip, we were excited to welcome Kelly, Jeff, and their goldendoodle, Chance, to make the trip a reality. Learn more about the crew, some fast facts about the waterways on our route, and dive into our trip by the numbers:
“ Because of the Bluemovement, Outdoor Stewards of Iowa was born!
UBB has left a lasting mark on our community and for that we are so grateful! ”
On our 3rd annual Blue Friday , we asked you to join us for an hour picking up trash in a local park
and record what you found. We sent the data you collected to the EPA to further Trash Free Waters program research.
Read more about the impact here.
Q: Why did you participate in Blue Friday this year?:
At our flagship store in Philadelphia, we hosted a panel discussion and letter-writing campaign to halt rollbacks on the Clean Water Act. Over 50 people attended the event held in partnership with the National Parks Conservation Association, PennFuture, PennEnvironment, and the Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership.
We founded United By Blue out of compassion for the health and well-being of our planet, and the belief that businesses have the power and responsibility to help. When the Camp, Hill, and Woolsey fires swept through California this past November, we asked you to band together with us to support the communities that lost so much . We designed the California Enamel Mug where 100% of the purchase price would be donated directly to the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund. In less than one week, you spread the word and purchased 1,000 California Mugs to reach our goal of donating $20,000 to the relief fund.
We have a soft spot in our hearts for Philadelphia. Maybe we’re biased, but it’s where we live, work, (have you visited our flagship store?), play, and clean. Read on to check out some of the trashiest things we did in our own backyard: