Clean waterways are a necessity in our future. Together, the Groups Will Remove 75,000 Pounds of Trash from the Nation’s Natural Water Sources in 2019.

United By Blue, the outdoor brand focused on ocean conservation, is teaming up with Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, a premium bourbon with a passion for sustainability, to remove 75,000 pounds of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways as part of the bourbon brand’s #CocktailsForCleanups initiative.

United By Blue and Maker’s Mark Team Up To Clean Waterways
United By Blue and Maker’s Mark Team Up To Clean Waterways.
Together, the Groups Will Remove 75,000 Pounds of Trash from the Nation’s Natural Water Sources in 2019 .

Since its founding in 2010, United By Blue has been committed to the idea that a successful outdoor brand can do serious conservation work, and to date, has removed 1.5 million pounds of trash from the world’s waterways through its organized group cleanups. Its efforts have been boosted by collaborations with fellow businesses that put sustainability at the heart of their values, like Maker’s Mark. As part of this year’s #CocktailsForCleanups collaboration, United By Blue and Maker’s Mark will be co-hosting four cleanups throughout 2019 in Chicago, San Francisco, Houston and Los Angeles.

“Water is at the heart of everything we do at Maker’s Mark, because without it, there is no Maker’s Mark Bourbon,” says Rob Samuels, Maker’s Mark Chief Distillery Officer. “We’ve gone to great lengths to preserve our own naturally limestone-filtered water source here at the distillery, but we also realize that our responsibility to the planet extends beyond our own grounds. We’re proud to partner with United By Blue and our fans throughout other regions of the country to ensure the preservation of our nation’s natural waterways.”

United By Blue is committed to hosting cleanups that have a measurable impact on the global environmental issue of ocean plastics pollution, and prides itself on continually raising its sustainability standards while learning from like-minded partners.

“We started United By Blue with the idea that an outdoor brand can have a tangible impact on ocean and waterway conservation,” says Mike Cangi, United By Blue’s Co-Founder and Brand Director. “It’s through partnerships like this that allow us to share the importance of limiting single-use plastics usage and encouraging sustainable consumer practices to relevant audiences. We’ve seen that those who drink Maker’s Mark care deeply about the state of our water and we are excited to equip them accordingly.”

GET INVOLVED in Clean Waterways

Those interested in supporting #CocktailsForCleanups are encouraged to register to participate in a cleanup in their local community by signing up at Fans can also help spread awareness and create change by ordering or mixing their favorite Maker’s Mark drink and posting a photo of it on social media with #CocktailsForCleanups.

United By Blue x Maker’s Mark Cleanups

  • Chicago, IL (April 27)
  • San Francisco, CA (August 3)
  • Houston, TX (November 9)
  • Huntington Beach – Los Angeles, CA (December 7)

Bourbon enthusiasts are encouraged to learn more about Maker’s Mark’s sustainability efforts by visiting In addition to participating in cleanups and social media awareness, fans can also support the cause with a purchase of specialty United By Blue barware, as each United By Blue product purchased will result in one pound of trash being removed from our waterways.

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