Brian Linton likes to talk trash. In fact, the more trash, the better.
Trash is central to the marketing plan for his Center City apparel company, United by Blue. For every T-shirt, bag, or hoodie sold, the company vows to remove one pound of trash from the world's waterways.
Clean up the world's oceans — and his style — with this charity- and eco-minded tee. First Beer Tackle Tee, $34, United by Blue.
For your sister Laura, the bag-toting vagabond: Handsome, rugged and fitting for all sorts of excursions into the urban — and suburban — wilderness, the Market Tote from ocean-saving outfitter United By Blue features a durable 100 percent organic cotton canvas exterior, soft cotton interior, leather straps, brass hardware and roomy inside zipper pocket. Like with all United by Blue merch, for each bag sold the company pledges to remove a pound of trash through ocean and waterway cleanup initiatives. Recent volunteer-driven UBB cleanup efforts have included post-Superstorm Sandy cleanup missions in both Staten Island and Ocean City, N.J., and the removal of 230 pounds of litter from the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Available in moss, khaki, navy and nutmeg. $68 at United by Blue.
When Linda Loi got out of her car in Ocean City, N.J., a couple weeks ago, she was immediately shocked at the number of people in her periphery. About 150 volunteers had flooded the beach town’s Aquatic Center on Simpson Avenue, and were getting to work cleaning up the widespread damage left in Hurricane Sandy’s wake. “Most people were still cleaning up their houses,” Loi says. “And there was so much trash on the side of the street from the storm. The lower levels [of beach-front homes] were flooded. It was heartbreaking.”
No roundup of gifts for a tech-enthusiast would be complete without the quintessential laptop bag. The 100 percent organic waxed canvas Lakeland Laptop bag from United by Blue boasts brass hardware, one large back pocket, and two inner stash pockets.
In this season of Young Visionaries, we talk to entrepreneurs tackling social, cultural, and environmental goals by harnessing entrepreneurial principles and out-of-the-box thinking to create positive change.
Brian Linton is the founder of United By Blue, a Philadelphia-based organic apparel and accessories company. His vision provides for the removal of one pound of garbage from the nation's waterways through the sale of each item on the site. Each cleanup involves thousands of volunteers and has resulted in the removal of many thousands of pounds of garbage.
Whether you travel for business or just need to escape the office for a saner work environment — a coffee shop, a nearby park — one accessory is essential: a laptop bag. And more specifically? A laptop bag that doesn’t look like a laptop bag (yawn). That’s why we dig the PC-minded Lakeland ($98) by ocean-cleanup champs United By Blue. Made with an organic waxed canvas exterior, it’s got all the bells and whistles you need to take your laptop on the go, such as an adjustable strap, plenty of pockets, and a reinforced leather bottom to prevent wear and tear. Plus, its clean, classic style will endure…and will always trump the ho-hum black bags that seem to have become the tech standard.