Goodwill supports environmental efforts by selling gently used goods and keeping them out of our landfills. Every item that Goodwill receives is carefully processed and given a new home, which reduces the need to produce more stuff. So whether it’s stocking our shelves with the things you no longer use, or giving new life to donations via repurposing, we’re all about giving things a second chance!
- RECYCLE: Donate what you no longer use to Goodwill instead of throwing items away.
- REPURPOSE: Using Goodwill purchases to create new items eliminates the need to purchase new goods.
- UPCYCLE: Shopping at Goodwill reduces the amount of items that end up in the landfills as garbage.
- REUSE: A little paint and some tlc could make your Goodwill find looking new in no time.
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How Goodwill can help you reduce your carbon footprint
By choosing to shop at and donate to Goodwill, you’re reducing the amount of items that end up in landfills. This adds up to less chemicals leaching into our ecosystem and atmosphere. Here are some ways to stretch your eco-friendly efforts:
- Get your wardrobe from Goodwill: Fast-fashion retailers generate massive amounts of waste with garments that are not designed for durability. Once these pieces are no longer wearable, many make their way into our garbage streams. In fact, fast-fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world. You also wind up spending more money on fast-fashion to compensate for its disposable quality. Look for quality clothing at Goodwill that will last for multiple seasons and also costs less than retail prices.
- Check out our Outlet Store: Our Outlet Store is filled with unsold merchandise from our stores at unbelievably low prices. It’s a great way to stock up as most items are sold by the pound. Reusing existing pieces is a great way to eliminate the need to buy new, and will save you money.
- Shopping at Goodwill saves water: Did you know that buying used goods can save water? Producing items requires water, and over time the gallons really add up. Making just one t-shirt requires over 700 gallons of water! Cut down on this waste by rehoming our gently-used merchandise instead of buying new and contributing to excess water consumption.
- Prevent good items from becoming garbage: According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 25 billion pounds of textiles are thrown away per year in the US. That averages to about 70 pounds per person! Many of these items are like new and some have never been worn! You can help divert textiles and other salable from our landfills by making Goodwill your retail destination.