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An Apparel Line That's More than Green: It's Blue

Brian Linton grew up scuba diving, researching marine life, and falling asleep to the hum of 30 fish tanks in his childhood bedroom. "I got to...

Brian Linton grew up scuba diving, researching marine life, and falling asleep to the hum of 30 fish tanks in his childhood bedroom. "I got to see the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to oceans and waterways," he says about his formative years living in Singapore and traveling the world. Now he's the founder and CEO of Philadelphia-based United by Blue, a premium clothing and accessory brand that collects one pound of trash from coastal areas for every item sold.


Linton says the concept for the business "was born out of the realization and experience that... just simply donating money to somebody else to do good for you is not a very effective way to accomplish any tangible good." Departing from his previous business model, a jewelry line that gave away 5 percent of proceeds to ocean conservation projects, Linton founded United by Blue on the principle of "doing your own dirty work." Of the venture's 10 full-time employees, two are tasked with organizing marine cleanups around the United States and in Taiwan. Since the company launched in 2010, they've executed 60 volunteer clean-up events and salvaged more than 82,000 pounds of trash, some of which gets reworked into bottles for the sustainably minded soap company method.

United by Blue's products range from organic cotton t-shirts to canvas bags to artisanal leather jewelery, all adhering to an aesthetic of "vintage nautical nostalgia," Linton says. "Our brand resembles a laid back, sun-washed harbor town. It evokes feelings of forgotten beauty—of times past." And as the company moves forward into the future, Linton is focused on striking the "balance between being a for-profit company and a very, very, very philanthropic and environmental organization." Appealing to more people and selling more product means the ability to pick up more trash. While he had originally considered producing the apparel in the United States, it was far cheaper to move production to India, which made the company more "scalable" and better able to execute on its philanthropic mission. Now Linton is hoping to move production from India to Central America to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation, while the company has already managed to eliminate 80 percent of plastics from their supply chain.

So far, the product line is carried by 100 retailers around the country, who have helped organize local cleanups. Customers that purchase a piece from the website can name the particular cleanup they'd like to contribute to.

Image courtesy of United by Blue

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The problem with American Sign Language (ASL) is that over 500,000 people in the U.S. use it, but the country has over 330 million people.

So for those with hearing loss, the chances of coming into contact with someone who uses the language are rare. Especially outside of the deaf community.

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Twenty-four years ago, 18 million U.S. homes had modem-equipped computers, 7 million more than the year before. Most logged in through America Online where they got their email or communicated with random strangers in chat rooms.

According to a Pew Research study that year, only 32% of those who go online say they would miss it "a lot" if no longer available.

Imagine what those poll numbers would look like if the question was asked today.

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"Few see online activities as essential to them, and no single online feature, with the exception of E-Mail, is used with any regularity," the Pew article said. "Consumers have yet to begin purchasing goods and services online, and there is little indication that online news features are changing traditional news consumption patterns."

"Late Night" host David Letterman had Microsoft founder and, at that time the richest man in the world, on his show for an interview in '95 to discuss the "the big new thing."

During the interview Letterman chided Gates about the usefulness of the new technology, comparing it to radio and tape recorders.

Gates seems excited by the internet because it will soon allow people to listen to a baseball game on their computer. To which Letterman smugly replies, "Does radio ring a bell?" to laughter from the crowd.

But Gates presses Letterman saying that the new technology allows you to listen to the game "whenever you want," to which Letterman responds, "Do tape recorders ring a bell?"

Gates then tells Letterman he can keep up with the latest in his favorite hobbies such as cigar smoking or race cars through the internet. Letterman shuts him down saying that he reads about his interests in magazines.

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The discussion ends with the two laughing over meeting like-minded people in "troubled loner chat room on the internet."

The clip brings to mind a 1994 segment on "The Today Show" where host Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric have a similar discussion.

"What is internet anyway?" an exasperated Gumball asks. "What do you write to it like mail?"

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A new CBS News poll found that 70% of Americans between 18 and 29 feel climate change is a crisis or a serious problem, while 58% of Americans over the age of 65 share those beliefs. Additionally, younger generations are more likely to feel like it's their personal responsibility to address climate change, as well as think that transitioning to 100% renewable energy is viable. Overall, 25% of Americans feel that climate change is a "crisis," and 35% feel it is a "serious problem." 10% of Americans said they think climate change is a minor problem, and 16% of Americans feel it is not a problem that worries them.

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