Celebrate Earth Day and #Give1Pound

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
April 8, 2016

Here’s a not-so-fun fact for you: Every year, the average individual throws away over 70 pounds of clothing. If the same holds true in Seattle, with the current estimated population, that’s over 46,000,000 pounds of clothing that goes to the landfill—that could be reused or properly recycled.

This year for Earth Day we’ve partnered with a number of local personalities, companies, organizations, and artists to invite YOU to #Give1Pound. Thanks to the generous and eco-friendly donations that our community members brought in last year, Seattle Goodwill kept over 50 million pounds of reusable or recyclable goods out of the landfill! Even if your clothes are torn and tattered, thanks to Threadcycle, we can accept them and make sure they’re properly recycled.

And when you donate, you don’t just reduce your eco-footprint. You also support Job Training and Education Programs right here in our community—giving our neighbors new opportunities to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Your donations make an impact on individuals, families, and ultimately strengthen our community. Last year, we helped over 8,700 people through our programs thanks to donors like you!

Over the next three weeks we’re celebrating Earth Day and all things sustainability. Check out the below info, and tune into our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels for updates and to see which local personalities joined us to #Give1Pound.

Here’s what’s on deck:

Earth Day Giveaways: April 11 – 22, M – F
Join us on social media for a chance to win some fantastic prizes from local companies, organizations, and artists. Giveaways will happen daily on our Facebook page—and you can enter to win one of three grand prize packages! Look at the daily prize list, and enter for the grand prize here: http://bit.ly/ED16entry

Uber Spring Cleaning: April 16, 10 am – 4 pm
Did you do your spring cleaning, but don’t have time to make the trip to Goodwill? On April 16, you can have Uber pick up your load, and drop it off at a Goodwill location for FREE. Get all the details you need from Uber here: http://ubr.to/1S9kFcr

SMLunch: April 21, 12 pm – 1:30 pm
We’ve partnered with The Feary Group to host SMLunch at our gorgeous, LEED Gold Certified Seattle Goodwill Administrative Building. Marketers, brand ambassadors, and community mangers from throughout the city are invited to get offline and meet face-to-face. We’ll be presenting on our #Give1Pound Earth Day social media campaign. You can purchase your ticket here: http://bit.ly/1qxALHg

Sustainable Sounds with KEXP: May 2, 7 pm
We’ve partnered with KEXP to bring you a special night of music in celebration of all things sustainable—and supporting Goodwill’s Job Training and Education Programs. Join us at Tractor Tavern on May 2 for Sustainable Sounds featuring local bands Ivan & Alyosha, Lemolo, and Evening Bell. You can purchase tickets here: http://tktwb.tw/1Y4xn0P

Are you donating? Post a photo with your donation and share it with us on social media with the #Give1Pound and @SeattleGoodwill tags! 


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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