Cycle & Recycle

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
May 28, 2014

What has over 500 wheels and will keep over a ton of metals, plastic and rubber out of landfills? That’s right—our 5th annual Cyclist Sale! This June 7th at 9am we’ll open the doors of our Seattle (Dearborn store) and Ravenna locations for our Cyclist Sale which includes a huge selection of bikes, bike gear and cycling apparel.

One of our favorite topics at Seattle Goodwill is environmental stewardship. From our year-old LEED Gold certified Job Training and Education Center and Administrative Services Building (located in Seattle) to the millions of pounds of usable goods we keep out of landfills each year; we take pride in our efforts to work and live greener. Our annual Cyclist Sale is one of the many ways that we get to promote eco-friendliness!

Most people up here in the Pacific Northwest are familiar with the impact that bike commuting has—it works to alleviate traffic issues, lessens one’s carbon footprint, and reduces the amount of gasoline we use. You don’t have to be a bike commuter to be an eco-friendly cyclist, though! Both buying and donating bikes, parts, and cycling apparel and gear creates a cycle of low/no-waste cycling—and, quite frankly—can be a budget friendly option! Whether you’re looking for a new bike for your fast-growing youngster, something to casually ride on the weekends—or high-end components to continually improve your commuting or racing bike—our Cyclist Sale has it.

And if you’ve got an old bike collecting dust and rust in your garage (or taking up precious apartment space), consider donating it to Seattle Goodwill. Not only will it put that bike back into the hands of a rider, but the net proceeds from its sale will support our job training and education programs that we provide freely to our community. Reusing and recycling bikes = helping people become equipped to work and find jobs in our community.

To celebrate the eco-friendly side of our Cyclist Sale, we teamed up with a company that loves cycling and recycling: Timbuk2 Seattle. Timbuk2 makes amazing messenger bags —and they offer a sweet recycling program that gives reusable bags to YouthCare, and gives the unusable ones to TerraCycle. Thanks to the folks over at Timbuk2, we get to give a custom Goodwill messenger bag to two lucky Facebook fans!

Head over to our Facebook page to enter to win a Timbuk2 bag - then mark June 7th on your calendar, and stay tuned at our Facebook event for a sale preview!


Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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