While the trend at more and more universities has been to donate usable goods instead of dumpstering, we still send tons of our castoffs to the landfill each year. Clothing and textiles alone account for more than 6% of waste in our country's landfills.
Goodwill Industries is looking to change that with a new campaign highlighting the positive impact of donating to their stores. Check out the video:
Like she mentions in the commercial, Goodwill donations help create jobs on top of helping the environment. Their brand new Donate page helps folks calculate the impact of a donation and even has a nifty ticker toward the bottom showing how many pounds of waste Goodwill donations have diverted from the landfill. At the time of this writing, it was 987,130,376 pounds and counting!
Even if Goodwill isn't a convenient donation option for you, there are lots of other places that will take your castoffs! Salvation Army and Vietnam Veterans of America are two really good ones, and independent thrift stores rely on donations to stay afloat, as well. For bigger items like furniture and appliances, some places will even come pick up!
Do you guys have any favorite places to donate your usable castoffs? Let's talk resources in the comments!