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United By Blue

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Environment
  • Media & Broadcasting


144 N. 2nd St.United StatesPhiladelphia, PA 19106 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

United By Blue, UBB, is a brand of sustainable apparel and accessories with a simple and effective concept. For every product sold, we remove one pound of trash from our world's oceans and waterways.

Visit www.unitedbyblue.com to learn more about our ocean-friendly products and complete list of waterway cleanup events.


United By Blue is using the power of business to make a big impact on our environment. For every product sold from our line of organic t-shirts, canvas bags, and jewelry, we remove a pound of trash from oceans and waterways around the country.

Volunteer FAQs

What should I bring?

We provide our volunteers with bags, bamboo gloves, shovels, grabbers, water, coffee and a free breakfast or lunch. You just need to show up in long pants and old closed toed shoes.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

We ask volunteers that be at least 14 years old. Any minor attending our cleanups needs to have a waiver filled out by their parent prior to the cleanup. Click here to download one. Please email cleanup@unitedbyblue.com for further clarifications.

May I bring a friend, spouse, relative, or my entire soccer team?

Yes, yes, yes, and yes. The more the merrier! We don’t put a cap on the amount of people that can give back. However, we like to be prepared to supply and feed as many people as we can, so please let us know how many people are coming with you.

Can I use your volunteer opportunity for service hours?

Absolutely! Any UBB staff can sign off for your hours at the cleanup or we have a verification letter we can give you.

What happens if it rains?

If it sprinkles, it’s still on. Once it starts to thunder and lightning, it’s a completely different story. If Mother Nature is finicky, check our website, facebook, and your inbox the day of the cleanup. We will notify if the cleanup is cancelled.

Will I be getting in the water?

We prefer to stay on land, but volunteers are more than welcome to take a dip if they are so inclined.

How does the cleanup work?

Our cleanups kick off with breakfast, a 15-minute orientation and safety overview, and then we dish out supplies. Depending on the site, volunteers fan out along riverbanks or beaches, removing plastic bottles, bags, chip wrappers, and stryofoam pieces. After volunteers have turned in their full bags in exchange for new ones, we weigh all of the trash. After about 2-3 hours of cleaning, the cleanup concludes with weirdest trash and guess the total weight competitions.


Would you recommend United By Blue?
8 reviews Write a review
by jeffrey m. (September 29, 2018)
It was well organized and the turnout was great.
by kae c. from Staten Island, NY (April 13, 2018)
my first volunteer experience with United by Blue was amazing. clear instructions and tools were provided. they came up with games to make this garage picking task more enjoyable. I appreciated they offered Luke's Lobster roll for lunch and had the owner gave us a speech. I would love to volunteer with United by Blue again in the future.
by Dan M. from Denver, CO (September 1, 2016)
Fun, energetic, twist on outdoor cleanups. Great organization and people on the day of, and you even get a few perks (ours was a free metal cup, prizes and free beer afterwards)
by Gissell M. from Dallas, TX (December 9, 2015)
I met lots of great new people, from different walks of life, that inspired me through their stories and personal dedication to help make our physical environment a better place.
by Jennifer F. (October 12, 2012)
United By Blue was able to accommodate a volunteer experience for a group of college students. They made the experience very meaningful (and fun) for the students. Students definitely learned something while volunteering and would like to volunteer again.
by Victor R. (August 10, 2012)
UBB is a great organization that cares about the planet. Every clean up is not only fun but also educational as well. I myself work for a comapny that believes in the sustainability of the planet and UBB core beliefs flow directly with that of myself and my employer. If you have the time to come out and help do a clean up with them it's worth the time and effort.
by Crystal C. (July 16, 2012)
buildOn brought a group of high school students to a United by Blue clean up at Bartram's Garden over the spring and they loved it! The project was well organized, the atmosphere was relaxed and fun. UBB included a couple of fun competitions with their awesome t-shirts as prizes! Students had a great time and felt as though they were making a positive impact on the environment. I can't wait to bring another group this August!
by MEGAN L. (June 8, 2012)
This was a friendly, well-organized event for a great, current cause. It is encouraging that there is an initiative out there, such as this one by United By Blue, where companies join with local businesses across the country in an effort to clean up the oceans. The environment was welcoming and enjoyable while at the same time effectively taking care of the environment. Thanks for the volunteer opportunity, United By Blue!

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