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Environmental Impact

Thank you for caring about the environment. Goodwill Southern Los Angeles County continually strives to meet both the needs of the community and the environment with every decision that we make. Our goal is to be a model sustainable organization and to engage all those working within our Goodwill community in the process.

At Goodwill Southern Los Angeles County we measure our environmental impact success by:

  • Minimizing any waste going into landfills.
  • Increasing the recycling of natural resources.
  • Reducing any material waste.
  • Increasing employee engagement and education.
  • Minimizing pollution from our own operation.

Since our founding in 1902, sustainability has always been at the heart of Goodwill’s work and mission. Rev. Edgar J. Helms, once said, “Goodwill saves the waste in men and things.”

The very essence of Goodwill is inherently sustainable through giving people a second chance, donation, collection, resale and reuse.

Not only does Goodwill Southern Los Angeles County’s model extend the life of donated goods, it also increases their impact by using 87% ∼ 89% of every dollar earned from their sale to provide career training, education, and job placement services to individuals with barriers to employment.

Did you know?

It takes more than 5,000 gallons of water to produce the amount of cotton needed to produce one t-shirt and a pair of jeans (World Wildlife Fund).

Clothing production doubled from 2000 to 2014. Across almost all apparel categories, and consumers keep their clothing items about half as long as they did 15 years ago (McKinsey & Company).

Combined, the apparel and footwear industry account for approximately 8 percent of global climate impacts (Quantis).

More than 70 million trees are logged every year to create textile fabric (Forbes/Zady).

Nearly 70 million barrels of oil are used each year to make polyester. However, polyester takes more than 200 years to decompose (Forbes/Zady).

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average person throws away 81 pounds of clothing per year. That adds up to 3.8 billion pounds of unnecessary waste added to our landfills (EPA).

Here’s where we can work as a team:

Goodwill Southern Los Angeles County is an authorized state and county collector of CRT (Cathode Ray Tubes) which can be found in obsolete computers, and televisions.

There are a number of Goodwill Attended Donation Centers in our service area so working with us is easy. Find the Goodwill Retail Store or Attended Donation Center nearest you to donate and shop.

By supporting Goodwill Southern Los Angeles County with donations and shopping at our stores, you’re also helping to create hope, jobs, and a future for thousands of individuals that you may never meet. So help us help the community and the environment by becoming a Goodwill Environmental Partner.