What makes United By Blue different than other charity organizations?
United By Blue isn’t actually a charity organization. UBB is an apparel and accessories brand with an environmental mission to remove a pound of trash from oceans and waterways for every product sold. We use the profits from the sales of our organic t-shirts, waxed canvas bags, and artisan jewelry to organize and host cleanups around the country.
Each cleanup is 100% United By Blue: our cleanup team does everything from picking a location to picking up trash alongside our volunteers. Our cleanups go beyond just a service day; we aim to make each cleanup an educational community gathering by serving local foods for volunteers, hosting unique cleanup competitions, and giving away UBB prizes.
How do you use TicketLeap to make registering for cleanups easier?
Ticketleap offers anything I could ever want in an event registration service. A volunteer can sign up, share a cleanup on Facebook or Twitter, and receive a confirmation email within a matter of minutes of arriving at a cleanup listing. My events are well-organized thanks to TicketLeap: alphabetical attendee lists are sent directly to my inbox, I can view traffic sources and attendee data that helps me recruit for future cleanups, and TicketLeap makes it easy to mass email any updates to my volunteers. Not to mention, if there is anything that isn’t already listed on their thorough help pages, their friendly support team always gives a quick response.
What are the best ways you see Philadelphia “going green” for the planet?
Every time I turn around another Philadelphia institution is becoming a pioneer for sustainability. From improving our city’s waterways through green infrastructure to growing the Philadelphia bike community, from the Lincoln Financial Field becoming one of the nation’s greenest stadiums to local foods becoming a standard, not exception, on menus, Philadelphia is well on its way to achieving Mayor Nutter’s goal to be the greenest city in the US.
Which cleanup has made the biggest impact so far? Do you have a favorite? Why?
Hands down, the first cleanup we held with our partner, Subaru of America, was our biggest and my favorite cleanup to date in Pennsauken, NJ last May. Groups of volunteers just kept filing in and we ended up with over 130 volunteers—our largest volunteer gathering to date. We weigh every piece of trash that we pick up, so it was pretty incredible watching bags and bags of trash pile up.
After four hours, we filled two dumpsters, double the amount we expected, and pulled a whopping 7,248 pound of trash from the Cooper River. At every cleanup, we host a contest calling for the weirdest piece of trash and my weirdest piece of trash to date was found in Pennsauken-a voodoo doll. By the end of the day, everyone was completely exhausted, but beaming with pride from the impact of the day.
United By Blue is looking for volunteers for the following cleanups:
Tuesday, May 14th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia
Saturday, May 18th, 10 am to 2 pm, Farnham Park, Pennsauken, NJ
Tuesday, June 4th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Penn Treaty Park, Philadelphia