The Truth Behind Donating Your Clothes To Goodwill Every Person Needs To Know
Katie Mooney 1/3/2017
More than ever, we live and work - to buy. Have you checked out the new game system that's out? Have you seen that futuristic car our neighbor just bought? Have you heard about the never-before-seen cell phone (with never-before-seen bells and whistles) that everyone is talking about? And while we're consumed with acquiring more "stuff" - our planet is becoming more "stuffed" with our old "stuff." Something's got to give...
Well, that something should be you - and it should be to Goodwill. This caring company, if you haven't already heard, is not only creating thousands of jobs, but it's also taking our tossed trash and turning it into someone else's treasure. What happens to your "stuff" once you've dropped it on the donation doorstep you ask? Well, we've got the Goodwill gossip for you!
Every day, people all over are cleaning out their closets and homes, and bringing their unwanted "clutter" to Goodwill. According to one Goodwill team member,
"Everything starts at the donation doors."
He goes on to explain that once a drop is received,
"It's checked for stains, tears, missing buttons - anything like that. If it doesn't meet our quality standards, we're putting it into our recycling."
This company works to not only recycle the goods that are donated and keep them out of our landfills, but to also provide its shoppers with a quality selection. So, be sure to pay-it-forward with your "gently used" donated items.
Once the "quality" items are identified (which is approximately 60% of the initial donations), they are sorted, organized, priced, and shelved. The regular and dedicated Goodwill shoppers (my hand is proudly raised) certainly keep the merchandise cycling through quickly. So, no matter how often you choose to shop at your local Goodwill, there will always be new treasures awaiting you!
Any merchandise which has been sitting stagnant for approximately 30 days will then be removed from the shelves. From there, it's shipped to an outlet location which attempts to sell the donated items at an even more discounted price. When Goodwill is still unsuccessful at moving the remainder of these items, the merchandise is finally put into the "salvage stream" where it's either salvaged, traded, or recycled.
The fate of each particular item may vary, but one thing is guaranteed - Goodwill utilizes a variety of avenues to keep "stuff" from entering the landfill. Although donations which are soiled or broken often find themselves headed to the garbage, Goodwill works hard to find the "good stuff" a new home.
According to Goodwill, they've "diverted billions of used clothes and other goods from landfills." So, whether you enjoy a good treasure hunt, are looking to buy your family's belongings at wonderfully affordable prices, or you are someone who cares deeply about the great planet we live on - donate, shop, and support your local Goodwill.
Watch and learn the ins and outs of the Goodwill "treasure hunt!"
More than ever before, it's important to "see the beauty in the old" and reuse, repurpose, and recycle the items we have. When you donate to Goodwill, your things are certainly in "good" hands! Share this info with your friends and family, and pay the Goodwill love forward!