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Our Mission

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.


Date: August 16th, 2016

Location: Valentino Pier & Park, Brooklyn, NY 

Haul: 1,236 lbs.

The Upper Bay and the surrounding Red Hook waterfront features sweeping views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, but unfortunately this historied shipping route is now polluted with plastic bags, wrappers, and household trash. Highlights from our haul include a costume nose and glasses, a water gun, and LOTS of lumber. Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie graciously provided us with dessert -- limeade and mini key lime pies.

Special thanks to all the New Yorkers who came out, Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie,  1-800-GOT-JUNK?-Brooklyn, and photographer Arion Doerr.

For more photos from the cleanup, visit our Facebook album.

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