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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: Oct 2nd, 2012

Location: Bartram's Gardens

Haul: 230 lbs

We almost went an entire cleanup season without getting soaked at cleanups. Almost. An hour into our last Bartram’s Garden cleanup (and October rain date), the skies opened up on our volunteers.

 

Even though we only got an hour in, our volunteers managed to pick up 230 pounds of trash including 811 plastic bottles, 16 glass bottles, and 37 aluminum cans. 
 
During our 2012 cleanup season,  389 Philadelphia volunteers joined us in removing  4,513 pounds of trash from the Schuylkill River. We picked up an insane amount of recyclables: 3,771 plastic bottles, 163 glass bottles, and  281 aluminum cans.  
 
If you stacked all of the plastic bottles we pulled from the Schuylkill River this summer end to end, they would be 2.5 times the height of the Comcast Center, the tallest building in Philadelphia. In case you have a fear of heights, that’s enough plastic bottles to wrap around City Hall 2.5 times. 
 
We had a great 2012 season, see you in 2013! 
 
2012 Weird Trash
October: Toy Donut, Broom Bristles, Kid’s ID from 1985, a bird-shaped whistle 
September:  2 different dinosaur toys, Utility Marker, A candlestick covered in bunnies 
August: A plastic chicken and waffles and a real can of whipped cream, A farmer Ernie stuffed doll (sans Bert), Baby doll leg, A bucket of kitchen knives, Pedicure Toe Separator 
July: A half of a chair, An arrow, A volleyball, Half of an Easter egg, The heel of a shoe and a little kid’s sneaker
June: A lottery ticket, Bingo ball, A milk of magnesium bottle, Loads of metal rails, Caution tape, A pillow, A mother and daughter photo
May: A fortune cookie, A Christmas wreath, A pair of pants, An old spoon and ceramic bowl
April: A car engine, car hood, part of a car door, tires, a plastic duck, a bottle capper, the back of a TV
March: Plastic blue crab, a parking violation, monopoly money, a measuring tape dispenser, a tractor tire, an empty gun case 
 
We Would Like to Thank
Bartram’s Garden Staff 
buildOn
Alpha Chi Rho brothers from Drexel University
Penn Environmental Group, Alpha Phi Omega, & Seas Green from University of Pennsylvania
Drexel University Civic Engagement students
Drexel University Epsilon Zeta sorority sisters Drexel Alphi Chi Rho fraternity brothers 
Levi’s’ employees
PIDC
Drexel’s Wrestling Team
LEVI'S employees 
Haverford House Fellows 
The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship employees at Haverford College
Drexel University students
Dialogue Institute participants
Ikea South Philly employees
B Lab members
B Corporations
Recyclebank
Barber Gale Group
One Village Coffee
Cfg Kit Program members
Philadelphia University’s Serve 101 Class
Temple University's Business Honors Student Association
Alpha Phi Omega- UPenn 
Jefferson University Leadership Live students 
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We almost went an entire cleanup season without getting soaked at cleanups. Almost. An hour into our last Bartram’s Garden cleanup (and October rain date), the skies opened up on our volunteers.

 

Even though we only got an hour in, our volunteers managed to pick up 230 pounds of trash including 811 plastic bottles, 16 glass bottles, and 37 aluminum cans. 
 
During our 2012 cleanup season,  389 Philadelphia volunteers joined us in removing  4,513 pounds of trash from the Schuylkill River. We picked up an insane amount of recyclables: 3,771 plastic bottles, 163 glass bottles, and  281 aluminum cans.  
 
If you stacked all of the plastic bottles we pulled from the Schuylkill River this summer end to end, they would be 2.5 times the height of the Comcast Center, the tallest building in Philadelphia. In case you have a fear of heights, that’s enough plastic bottles to wrap around City Hall 2.5 times. 
 
We had a great 2012 season, see you in 2013! 
 
2012 Weird Trash
October: Toy Donut, Broom Bristles, Kid’s ID from 1985, a bird-shaped whistle 
September:  2 different dinosaur toys, Utility Marker, A candlestick covered in bunnies 
August: A plastic chicken and waffles and a real can of whipped cream, A farmer Ernie stuffed doll (sans Bert), Baby doll leg, A bucket of kitchen knives, Pedicure Toe Separator 
July: A half of a chair, An arrow, A volleyball, Half of an Easter egg, The heel of a shoe and a little kid’s sneaker
June: A lottery ticket, Bingo ball, A milk of magnesium bottle, Loads of metal rails, Caution tape, A pillow, A mother and daughter photo
May: A fortune cookie, A Christmas wreath, A pair of pants, An old spoon and ceramic bowl
April: A car engine, car hood, part of a car door, tires, a plastic duck, a bottle capper, the back of a TV
March: Plastic blue crab, a parking violation, monopoly money, a measuring tape dispenser, a tractor tire, an empty gun case 
 
We Would Like to Thank
Bartram’s Garden Staff 
buildOn
Alpha Chi Rho brothers from Drexel University
Penn Environmental Group, Alpha Phi Omega, & Seas Green from University of Pennsylvania
Drexel University Civic Engagement students
Drexel University Epsilon Zeta sorority sisters Drexel Alphi Chi Rho fraternity brothers 
Levi’s’ employees
PIDC
Drexel’s Wrestling Team
LEVI'S employees 
Haverford House Fellows 
The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship employees at Haverford College
Drexel University students
Dialogue Institute participants
Ikea South Philly employees
B Lab members
B Corporations
Recyclebank
Barber Gale Group
One Village Coffee
Cfg Kit Program members
Philadelphia University’s Serve 101 Class
Temple University's Business Honors Student Association
Alpha Phi Omega- UPenn 
Jefferson University Leadership Live students 

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