Last year when we wrote about United By Blue, a clothing and jewelry retail company that puts the ocean first, the company was just a tiny start-up getting its sea legs. But now it has proven itself as a sustainably-minded company that makes a serious difference. It has already removed 82,527 pounds of trash from the ocean as of this writing.
The company accomplishes this fantastic task by removing one pound of trash from oceans and waterways worldwide for every product sold, through company-organized cleanups.
"By building the infrastructure within our company to host ocean and waterway cleanups, as the business grows, so, too, does the environmental good work. As we sell more clothes, we pick up more trash. And, more importantly, as we grow, we reach more people and educate them on how to be kind to our oceans," writes Alli Blum.
In the last year alone, the company has worked with over 1,000 volunteers at over 50 cleanups -- and one included pulling 800 tires out of a waterway in Hegins, PA. Now that is truly impressive.
You can sign up to be part of these cleanups through United By Blue -- and you can also shop through their great products. After all, if each product means one pound of trash is removed from water ways, it makes it easy to justify a purchase for yourself or as a holiday gift.