I know I never post on Wednesday evenings, but I just got an email letting me know that Goodwill has launched a new site with a neat calculator that shows you just what your old jeans and t-shirts can accomplish in your community. They’re doing this to help encourage people to donate their items to Goodwill instead of throwing them away.
Now, I’m sure that most of my dear readers are faithful thrift shop donators, but this is not the case with the population at large.
In an article on Huffington Post, Goodwill CEO Jim Gibbons says,
It might sound surprising that we need to have initiatives like this, but seven out of 10 consumers admit that sometimes, they choose not to donate and simply discard their items. Not only that, but for every one article of clothing donated, people have at least 30 more articles of clothing that are ready to be donated.
So, people are keeping clutter around and are sometimes throwing stuff away when they do declutter.
Dear me. While I’m certainly of the opinion that some things really do need to be thrown away, I firmly believe that usable items should be donated instead. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and so your clutter could be just what someone else wanted or needed. This is earth-friendly in two ways…your old items don’t end up in the landfill, and the new owner of the item doesn’t have to buy a newly-manufactured item encased in plastic packaging!
Donating to Goodwill is super easy…honestly, it’s only a small bit harder than throwing something away, and when you donate, your items will be used by someone else and they’ll also support people in your community that need help.
Of course, Goodwill is not the only responsible repository for your used items…I sometimes sell things at consignment shops and I frequently offer things on Freecycle when I declutter (I particularly love the way Freecycle ensures that my items go straight to someone who needs/wants them).
But if you’re looking for a super-simple way to get rid of your stuff, Goodwill is the way to go…just bag your stuff up and drop it off.
And of course, you can also support Goodwill’s mission by shopping in their stores. I used to be unconvinced, but there’s great stuff to be had at Goodwill if you’re willing to look for it.
Anyhow…go try out the calculator and see what your “junk” can accomplish for people in your community. It just might motivate you to drop your clutter at Goodwill instead of in the trash can.