Seven Small Steps to Protect the Planet

The proliferation of advice on sustainable living has left many people overwhelmed and wondering if their green efforts even make a difference. As a pioneer of the reduce-reuse-repurpose philosophy, we wants you to know that simple acts, like donating gently used clothing and unwanted household items to Goodwill, can have lasting impact on the planet.

The way we see it, every day is Earth Day at Goodwill. Every person can commit to at least one new green practice that can make a difference. Small acts add up to big change when you harness simple behaviors and make them a daily practice.

  1. Thrift Shopping: Shoppers also play a key role in the process. When people find bargains in local Goodwill stores, they not only save money, but they also extend the lifespan of items that would otherwise be discarded.
  2. Donate Unwanted Electronics: As a California State certified collector of electronic waste, Goodwill helps residents, cities and businesses reduce their collective carbon footprints.
  3. Clear out Your Clutter: All those donations of used goods add up to big changes.  Goodwill diverts millions of pounds of usable goods and recyclable materials from landfills annually. Revenues from the sale of usable goods at Goodwill stores fund programs that put people facing barriers to employment to work.
  4. Shred Your Sensitive Documents: Goodwill also helps slow the pace of identity theft, providing greater security for companies and their customers, while providing jobs and recycled paper for products. Goodwill has contracts with legal, medical, financial, real estate and insurance sectors as well as county and local government agencies.
  5.  Turn it Off: Turn off lights, televisions, videos, stereos and computers when not in use – they can use 10 to 40% of the power when on standby. Also, unplug chargers as soon as they have finished charging.
  6.  Take Care with your Car: Properly inflated tires can improve your car’s fuel efficiency. Do your weekly errands in a single trip or pay your bills online. Walk, bike, ride the bus or carpool. Optimize your speed to consume less fuel, when you do drive.
  7. Change your Bulbs: Replace incandescent bulbs with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). CFLs cost 3 to 5 times as much but use less than a third of the power. Also, replace old fridge and other appliances with energy-efficient ones.

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