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Belk, ECO SWIM by Aqua Green and United By Blue Partner for 5th Annual Waterway Cleanup in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C., April 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Members of the community can help improve local waterways by volunteering with Belk, sustainable swimwear company ECO SWIM by Aqua Green and outdoor apparel company United by Blue on Saturday, April 23 from 9 – 11 a.m. The cleanup will take place at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park to remove litter from the park at the base of the Ravenel Bridge, including the marshy area along the Cooper River.





All volunteers will be provided with event t-shirts, breakfast, snacks, water, trash bags, gloves and sunscreen. Volunteers are strongly advised to wear closed-toe, supportive shoes.
Last season, these three sustainable-minded companies and their 40 volunteers picked up 813 lbs. of garbage and recyclables and laid the foundation for a new oyster reef using over 15,000 lbs. of oyster shells.

For more information or to register as a volunteer for the event, please visit Belk's sign up page: www.belkcleanup.ticketleap.com/april232016

About Belk, Inc.

Belk, Inc., a private department store company based in Charlotte, N.C., is the home of Modern. Southern. Style. with 293 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Belk is a portfolio company of Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm based in New York. Belk and belk.com offer a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home.

Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or mobile phone text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone or Android.

About ECO SWIM® by Aqua Green®

ECO SWIM by Aqua Green is a sustainable minded swimwear collection made-in-America from recycled nylons and eco-friendly materials and technologies. ECO SWIM® helps to reduce your carbon footprint in the sand, while leading the way in sustainable, quality fashion that can make a difference. The collection is available in Belk stores and other leading specialty and better department stores nationwide.

ECO SWIM by Aqua Green's mission is to help make the world a cleaner and safer environment for future generations. By partnering with better department stores around the country as well as outdoor apparel company United By Blue, ECO SWIM and its partners have cleaned up over 5 tons of trash and debris that liter our rivers, oceans and waterways.

About United By Blue

United By Blue is an outdoor apparel brand focused on ocean and waterway conservation. Founded in 2010, the sustainable company is driven by the idea of associating the sale of each product with a concrete environmental action. For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through company organized and hosted cleanups. UBB has organized and hosted over 142 cleanups working alongside more than 4,500 volunteers to remove 262,500 pounds of trash.

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CONTACT: Jessica Graham, Vice President, Communications and Community Jessica_graham@belk.com 704-426-8333Source: BELK