United by Blue cleanup on Cocoa Beach.

Imagine you’re going for a swim in Lake Michigan. You wade out until you can barely keep your chin above the waves, take a deep breath, and dive underwater. Everything is cool, calm, quiet, and peaceful until… THUNK! You flail for the surface, panicked and sputtering. One of the following items just smacked you in the face:

  • A voodoo doll
  • A 1990s computer mouse
  • This: 

Found on cleanup in Lake Merced, San Francisco.

  • A hot dog chew toy 
  • A bra
  • These:

Found on Trinity River cleanup in Dallas.

  • A cup (not the drinking kind)
  • A Spider Man action figure

What would you do if this happened to you? If you’re bobbing in West Michigan’s waters you probably don’t have much to worry about, but the reality is hundreds of thousands of pounds of plastic, rubber, and other refuse are clogging waterways across the country. All joking aside, this junk poses a huge threat to wildlife and water quality across the world. Scary, right? Apparel company and source of the “Weird Trash” list above United by Blue agrees, and they’ve come up with an awesome way to solve the problem. Check it out: 

For every product sold, United By Blue removes 1 pound of trash from our world’s waters.  Having organized and hosted 100 cleanups over the four years they’ve been in business, they take pride in doing their own dirty work. With the help of 3,500+ volunteers, they have removed 171,435 pounds of trash from oceans and waterways everywhere.

Want to get involved? There are a few things you can do.

1. Stop by Landsharks and pick up a United By Blue bag or t-shirt.

Currently, we’re carrying the accessories and apparel displayed here:


United by Blue men’s tees: $34.


United by Blue women’s tees: $34.  Small Pouches: $24. Jasper Foldover: $108.


2. Sign up for a United by Blue cleanup. 

Visit http://unitedbyblue.com/collections/cleanups for information about upcoming expeditions in states across the country, including Pennyslvania, New Jersey, North Carolina, and New York.

United By Blue and Brave New World cleanup in Maryland Ave. Beach, Point Pleasant.

United By Blue cleanup in Maryland Ave. Beach, Point Pleasant.

3. Support the movement via social media.

Put your trash where it belongs, and follow @unitedbyblue on instagram, tumblr, facebook, pinterest, and twitter. “Wether it’s a photo of your brother down by the river, a mountain peak on a foggy morning, or your well-traveled United by Blue bag ready for its next adventure, use the hashtag and help us spread the #bluemovement,” say the folks at United by Blue.

For more about the #bluemovement and United by Blue, visit unitedbyblue.com

For more about the #bluemovement and United by Blue, visit unitedbyblue.com



About Landsharks

Yo! This blog is co-written by Lindsay Timmerman and me. The lovely gravatar photo changes periodically based on the author of the post. If you read something profound, it was probably Lindsay's work.
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