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Celebrate Earth Day

The year was 1948. Harry Truman was re-elected as President of the United States. The Ford F-series truck was unveiled. Scrabble was introduced. Cheetos hit store shelves. And Goodwill Industries of Southern NJ was born in Camden, NJ and has been a pioneer of the eco-conscious movement ever since. 

The average American discards about 68 pounds of used clothing per year, which doesn’t include household items, accessories, furniture, e-waste or shoes that are also tossed into landfills on an annual basis. Apparel can take up to 50 years to decompose, while plastics and metals can take hundreds of years. With 15 percent of all garbage being made up of reusable items, it’s important for everyone to take stock before tossing the trash. 

This Earth Day, Goodwill encourages you to reduce your clutter and your carbon footprint by donating unwanted items and to join the reuse and repurpose movement by shopping Goodwill for gently used items. From clothing and accessories to toys, books, household items and more, Goodwill has it all and for less!

We thank you for being a part of the eco-conscious movement. Just like on the reality show, American Pickers, “one man’s trash is another’s treasure.” Treasure hunting a Goodwill is fun, saves money and helps the planet. Best of all, your donations and purchases fund Goodwill’s job training programs and career services that help individuals with disabilities and disadvantages get to work. These programs not only help people earn competitive wages but also to attain financial independence and enhanced dignity.