Sustainable Office: Renovate, Donate

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
May 17, 2016

Every day in the greater Seattle area, local businesses and headquarters upsize, downsize, renovate, relocate, and change—it might be a switch from traditional desks to standing desks—it might be that your company has finally outgrown its startup space—or maybe you just found a better deal on a lease. If your company is in that process, Goodwill wants to partner with you to help ease that transition in a way that makes your business more eco-friendly, and supports our community.

On Monday, we launched our first-ever Sustainable Office Popup Shop in the special events area of our flagship store. We’re inviting businesses in our community that are currently going through office space changes, to donate their unneeded office furniture—chairs, desks, cubicle walls, tables, file cabinets, and all. We can help your business by picking up the donation—getting the ball rolling is as easy as emailing our Director Business Development and Strategies Brent Frerichs. It’s a simple way to get the clutter of your used furniture out of the way for the big move.

In addition to making the move a little easier on the business, it also helps us, as a community, keep these items out of landfills. Last year, thanks to our generous donors, Seattle Goodwill kept over 50 million pounds of materials out of landfills—and we want to do more this year! Seattle Goodwill is committed to sustainability, and we see this as an excellent opportunity to partner with our community to make that happen.

In our Sustainable Office Popup Shop’s first week, we’ll have donations from a prestigious law firm that recently relocated out of the Columbia Center, CenturyLink Field, and Nordstrom for sale. When organizations like these support the Sustainable Office program, we can make a BIG impact on the sustainability of our fast-paced and ever-changing business community in our region.

Sustainable Office isn’t just good for the environment, though—it’s also good for smaller businesses, startups, and non-profits who are looking for quality office furniture that won’t break the budget.

Is your office moving or renovating and you have some furniture to donate? Email Brent and join other Seattle businesses who are taking part in Sustainable Office. 


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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