Reading the news about our environmental challenges can feel overwhelming. It’s easy to think that the problem is too big for one person to create an impact, but the truth is that making small adjustments to your everyday life really can make a big difference!
Here are three of the most impactful choices you can make to reduce your environmental footprint with Goodwill’s help.
One of the biggest sources of waste in your home is the kitchen. The good news is that a few simple choices can turn things around! Instead of using paper or plastic plates and cups use washable dishes — even if guests are over. In fact, it’s a good idea to keep extras on hand for parties or visits from family and friends. You can find tons of unique, high-quality dishes for less when you thrift shop at Goodwill! This simple change could keep pounds of unnecessary waste out of local landfills.
Swapping paper towels for cloth rags or napkins is another easy way to cut back on trash production. These can also be found at Goodwill!
With the rise of low-cost, on-trend clothing retailers, the amount of textile waste Americans produce has soared. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans produce about 16 million tons of textile waste each year. That’s just over 6 percent of total municipal waste! Cut back on all that trash by shopping for clothing at Goodwill. Thrifting is more sustainable and more affordable!
And, if that old sweater or pair of corduroys is no longer your cup of tea, you can always donate it to Goodwill instead of throwing it away.
This leads us to our last tip. Just because you’re not using something anymore doesn’t mean it’s without value. Instead of throwing it away, donate it! Giving items a chance to be reused through a Goodwill donation is a more sustainable choice, and it couldn’t be easier to do.
Remember, your donation also helps Goodwill realize our mission of providing job skills training to individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. With your donation and shopping support, Ohio Valley Goodwill is able to change lives and help people find meaningful employment right here in the Greater Cincinnati community.
Get started today! Visit your nearest Cincinnati Goodwill donation location or retail store and feel good about starting off 2022 living more sustainably!