S04 Episode 182 | UNITED BY BLUE ON REMOVING 2 MILLION LBS OF TRASH, USING SALVAGED BISON FIBER + QUITTING SINGLE USE PLASTIC
In episode 182, Kestrel welcomes Brian Linton, the founder of United By Blue, to the show. A sustainable apparel brand, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from U.S. oceans and waterways for every product sold.“This year, we’ll have sold over a million products for the first time, and we’ll pick up, therefore, over a million pounds of trash next year.”
-Brian Linton, Founder of United By Blue
On this week’s show, Brian shares more on what led him to have such an interest in ocean conservation from a young age. Turns out, he wasn’t hanging out on the beach, hiking in the woods, or spending tons of time outdoors — he was spending time in his bedroom with his 30 fish tanks, learning about the importance of clean water for their survival.
Kestrel and Brian also talk about how much United By Blue has evolved over the last decade since they launched, and what they are focusing on moving forward. One of UBB’s newest initiatives is the #QuitSingleUsePlastic pledge, where they are working to remove plastic from their supply chain, including poly bags, bubble wrap sleeves, fabric roll packaging and more.
The below thoughts, ideas + organizations were brought up in this chat:
UBB has removed over 2 million pounds of trash from oceans and waterways through their 1 for 1 pledge to shoppers (1 product purchased = 1 pounds of trash removed)
BisonShield Collection, outerwear and accessories made with salvaged American Bison fiber
Ethical manufacturing at UBB is just as critical as the materials they use — “We accomplish this by partnering with factories that hold the highest standards for facilities and personnel, with the third-party certifications to back it up.”
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