Why not give a gift that gives back this Christmas?
United By Blue has created a line of sustainable, outdoor clothing, accessories and home wear that actually cares for the earth – for every product sold, they remove one pound of waste from our oceans and waterways. For every single product sold…it almost sounds too good to be true!
I did a little research to check just how United By Blue manage this immense task. I mean, one pound for every product must add up pretty quickly (especially when they have so many lovely things!) – how can they guarantee their pledge to us? Well I have to say, I was pretty impressed. The people over at United By Blue are certainly not afraid of getting stuck in. They clean up everything from general rubbish and plastic bottles, to old tires and disused appliances. And it’s not only from our oceans, they also clean our rivers, streams and beaches too! You name it, they’re onto it. But understandably their team can’t do it all, so they often organise and host clean-ups which significantly reduce the amount of waste in our oceans. In fact, since launching in 2010, United By Blue have hosted 176 clean-ups across 26 states in America and have cleared 363,991 pounds of waste!
And it doesn’t stop there. As well as their serious conservation work, the materials they use in their clothing and outdoor wear are kind to the environment too. United By Blue primarily use biodegradable wool, organic cotton and recycled polyester, which is made from plastic bottles. They’ve even gained a B-corp certification, which means they’ve met exceptionally high standards of social and environmental accountability, performance and transparency. As a result, they have a totally holistic view of being environmentally friendly, it’s not just about the clothing. For example, as well as their pledge to remove a pound of rubbish from the ocean for every item sold, they also ensure their suppliers meet high environmental standards, they offer their employees paid time off for community service (where do I sign up!?) and over 75% of their office supplies are made from recycled content. It’s safe to say they’ve made an outstanding effort to ensure their company and products are good quaelity and environmentally friendly.
United By Blue make it so easy for everyone to do their bit for the planet. We all know that plastic pollution and the immense islands of rubbish forming in our oceans (just google the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, it’s insane) are a serious environmental problem. However, for many of us it’s out of sight and out of mind – we do our little bit of recycling and call it a day. It’s easy to feel like we don’t have the time or resources to solve the problem, but that’s not true at all. With a little help from United By Blue, it couldn’t be easier! All you do is buy whichever piece of clothing you fancy and they will make the difference for you. The decision to shop with them is enough to make a significant, positive impact on the planet, all from the comfort of your own home.
As consumers, we have the power to change the world and make a real difference, so choose wisely and shop sustainably. Shop United By Blue and give a gift which keeps on giving.