United by Blue Review
Coming from Gainesville Florida where creeks wind around town, I’ve seen first hand just how much trash gets caught up in local waterways. From there, all it takes is a heavy rain and those plastic bags, styrofoam cups and straws wash from the creeks to the river and ultimately end up in the ocean (IF it doesn’t get munched on by an animal before then). Founder Brian Linton, and United by Blue recognized the severity of this problem and their company directly collects one pound of trash for every item purchased from our waterways! If you want to learn more about Brian and the story behind UBB, be sure to checkout my conversation with him on the Protect Your Wild Podcast but otherwise let’s dive in (great water joke) to what makes United by Blue an ALDA approved brand!
About the Brand
United by Blue has grown to offer a wide variety of products from socks to duffel bags, more technical outerwear and even shoes! They involve sustainable materials (recycled polyester, organic cotton and so forth) into most of their products but again the good news is, no matter the product, 1 pound of trash will be removed. What makes UBB unique is that they actually run the cleanups themselves! They’ve managed to organize and equip teams to do cleanups around the country! See if there’s a cleanup near you and join in here! They often couple the cleanups with a major warehouse sale! In some cases they have up to three for the price of one! But this hands on approach has led to 1,756,888 pound of trash removed AND COUNTING!
Like most of the companies we feature, United by Blue is yet another B-corp. Unfortunately it seems their rating has gone down in recent years but I suggest you checkout their Impact Report card below. Currently they’re rated at an 80.1 out of 200 which is just enough to be a B-Corp when in 2014 they were at 110.4. So again, I’m not totally sure why this is, but they’re still better than most companies. Recently they’ve also done a big push to both encourage others to eliminate their single use plastics while publicizing estimates of their own. They’re vowing to eliminate single use plastic packing from their own shipping materials including tape, bubble wrap, mailing bags and more!
The Westward Collection takes “the nostalgia and durability of an old outdoor canvas bag and adds in functional details for the modern world.” Created with a balance of utility and style in mind, this pack is great for daily use to cary all of your essentials or will be right at home on your hike!
56% Organic Cotton, 44% Recycled Polyester
Double coated with wax for water repellency
Lining: 100% recycled polyester ripstop with DWR
Roll top feature with three-snap adjustable closure
Padded laptop pocket with microfiber lining accommodates a 15" laptop
SOLE x UBB Jasper Wool Eco Chukka - $149.00
They collaborated with SOLE to make one of the MOST sustainable shoes on the market. Built with quality materials, the Eco Chukka is sleek and low impact. If you want to learn more about sustainable shoes checkout our other blog post here!
Australian merino wool and our BisonShield™ bison insulation combine for an upper that's snug, lightweight, breathable and temperature-regulating
SOLE's ReCORK™ Recycled Cork Midsole gives superior flex, durability and cushioning
Grippy rice rubber outsole takes to sidewalks and trails with equal ease
Step-in comfort comes standard with a natural cork topsheet and soft-flex footbed treated with Polygiene® odor control technology, and made in SOLE's signature shape using Bloom Algae Foam
Bison Puffer Vest - $188.00
Deemed the “Future of Sustainable Outerwear” The Bison Puffer Vest is lightweight, waterproof and designed for the great outdoors. We love it’s use of innovative materials. Buffalo look pretty warm sooo it makes sense.
190gsm BisonShield â„¢ Fill Insulation 50% Bison Fiber & 50% Recycled Polyester
Waterproof, breathable 2-layer shell fabric
Internal storm flap
Soft and warm fleece-lined pockets
Reverse coil center-front zipper
Interior phone pocket with headphone port (fits the iPhone Plus series)
United by Blue get’s the Seal of Approval without a doubt! They take ownership over their community giveback, use a lot of recycled and other sustainable materials and are setting goals to eliminate a lot of the single use plastic in their company. Again I’m still not sure why their impact score is low now, but even so they have some great products and are seemingly moving in a better direction.
United by Blue Founded by Brian Linton in Philadelphia Pennsylvania
One Pound of Trash for each item purchased (1,756,888 pounds and counting)
Organizes their own cleanups and events
Utilizes many sustainable materials Certified B-Corp
Huge product offering
Vows to eliminate many single use plastics from their own company by 2020