On April 22, we mark the 44th annual Earth Day. The environmental movement has become an increasingly complex world of climate change, carbon offsets, and emissions guidelines. While these big-picture issues can often seem far removed from everyday life, Goodwill NY-NJ encourages consumers to remember the widespread impact from the simple act of donating goods.
For almost 100 years, Goodwill NY-NJ has been an entrepreneurial leader, environmental pioneer and social innovator of the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” practice. Goodwill NY-NJ diverted more than 87 million pounds of usable clothing and household goods from landfills last year. We recovered the value in people’s unwanted material goods and in the process, created job-training opportunities for people in need of work. In addition, Goodwill NY-NJ and Dell’s free computer recycling program, Dell Reconnect, allow people to donate their unwanted electronic equipment knowing it’s good for people and the planet. With more than 2,000 Goodwill locations participating across the U.S. and Canada, the Dell Reconnect program allows people to simply drop off used electronics (any brand, and in any condition) at their local Goodwill, and the trained staff will inspect the equipment and either reuse, refurbish or recycle it. Nationally, more than 324 million pounds of computer electronics have been responsibly recycled since the partnership began in 2004.
In 2010, Goodwill® launched the Donate Movement, a corporate social responsibility platform and public awareness movement that encourages consumers to think of donating used goods as just as essential to environmental responsibility as recycling paper and plastics. Via the Donate Movement microsite (donate.goodwill.org), users can calculate the social impact of their own clothing and household item donations, while a new feature on the site tracks how many pounds of usable goods Goodwill® has diverted from landfills nationally since January 2012—currently totaling more than six billion.
The Donate Movement website lets consumers see how much of an impact they can make on the planet by donating used goods. The website also provides a step-by-step guide on how to organize a donation drive at a campus, school or other location, gives bloggers the opportunity to raise awareness by joining the Donate Movement Network, and provides resources on where to bring used goods. For more information, visit www.goodwillnynj.org.
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