Kind Co. Favorites: United By Blue
If you’re a fan of the ocean (who isn’t?!), you’ll love this apparel company, which aims to remove trash from the water, and create clothing from recycled plastic bottles.
What is it?
United by Blue is an apparel company that sells clothing and accessories for men, women and kids, as well as bags, camping gear and home goods. For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways. Plus, they recently debuted a collection of clothing that is crafted from recycled plastic bottles.
Why you’ll love it
In addition to the vast amounts of trash that have been removed, United By Blue also organizes and hosts cleanups. In the summer of 2018, the Blue Movement Road Trip mapped out 21 states to travel to in order to clean up some of the most vital waterways. Want even more reasons to love them? In addition to their commitment to removing trash, they also hold their suppliers to strict environmental standards, encourage their employees to volunteer by granting them paid time off for community service and over 75 percent of their office supplies are made from recycled content.
How it has made a difference
To date, the tally on United By Blue’s website shows over 1 million pounds of trash removed. MILLION! If you’re underestimating how much waste ends up in our oceans and waterways, consider this: 8 million tons of plastic goes into the oceans annually. Eventually, that litter winds up clogging ocean currents and can compact into a dense heap of trash. Take the size of Texas and double it, and you’ll get the size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. United By Blue is making a sizable dent in the trash issue, and we love them for it!