Last year, i was reading an article about Nick Graham who has partnered with Goodwill to launch as line of reworked clothing made from secondhand and donated clothes. Shopwilliamgood.com is available in the Bay Area of California, unfortunately when I tried to bring up the clothes- nothing came up.
Oh well- if you are in the bay area, go check them out- should be interesting. Here’s the info from Goodwill-
Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties is an autonomous nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to creating solutions to poverty through workforce creation and environmental stewardship. We bring the power and dignity of work to low-income individuals with significant barriers to employment while provide them with training, experience and support so they can achieve long-term sustainable employment and the capacity to advance in their careers.
Goodwill’s donated goods value recovery business is our engine for economic sustainability and workforce creation. We collect household items from residents at our extensive network of donation sites in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties. We maximize and add to the value of donated and discarded materials through reuse, repurposing and recycling activities that create revenue for the agency while advancing our social and environmental mission.
Each year, Goodwill:
- Reuses, resells and recycles over 75% of the donated goods, which generates over $21M in revenue, or 85% of our agency annual budget.
- Provides career services to nearly 1,000 individuals, while employing over 500 people in Goodwill’s businesses.
- Responsibly recycles over 7,000 tons of electronics and computers, textiles, paper, cardboard, shoes, books, metals and plastics.
- Replaces 12,000 gallons of diesel fuel with biodiesel by using a 20% biodiesel blend in our fleet of 17 commercial trucks.
- Conserves valuable natural resources through extensive energy, water and paper conservation programs at all of our facilities.
Goodwill has more exciting environmental initiatives in the works for next year, including:
- Applying for Green Business Certification in San Francisco and Marin Counties.
- Using cutting edge green building principles in remodeling.
- Launching the first phase of a zero waste strategy.
- Creating a repurposed and recycled clothing line in San Francisco.
- Refurbishing twice as many computers to distribute to disadvantaged residents of San Francisco as part of the City’s Digital Inclusion initiative.