For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from our world's oceans and waterways.
We created this company because we wanted to make a bigger, more measurable impact on our oceans and encourage people to do the same. So we stopped simply writing checks and started organizing and hosting these cleanups. We wanted to do our part to clean the waterways ourselves.
That’s also why we take the care to create products that use responsible materials (like recycled polyester, which reuses plastic bottles so they won’t wind up in gyres). If you’d like to help, we’d love to see you at our next cleanup.
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Date: April 11th, 2015
Location: Pier 68 & the Delaware River, Philadelphia, PA
Haul: 12,860 lbs.
On our second trip to Pier 68 in less than a year, we hoped to find the Delaware River in better condition that we did at our last visit. To our surprise, over 100 volunteers hauled an astonishing 12,860 lbs. from the river and surrounding piers! More than double what was cleaned last year! Weird trash included a stop sign, toilet, coconut, spooky batman doll, plaid Christmas tree, 8 hand guns and a briefcase with a passport and checkbook--don't worry, we reported the latter mentioned items to the Philadelphia Police.
Thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers who made this cleanup possible. Special recognition to our contributing partners: The Central Delaware Advocacy Group, Geppert Recycling, Lew Blum Towing, the Philadelphia Fire, EMS and Police Departments, Stray Cat Relief Fund, Rocco's Sausages and Cheese Steak s, Philadelphia Councilman Mark Squilla, and the multiple student and alumni associations who joined us for the day.
For more photos, visit our Facebook album.