Sustainable Office: For Startups & Small Business

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
May 20, 2016

Seattle is full of startups, small businesses, and smaller non-profit organizations doing amazing things in and for our community. Many of Seattle’s once-small businesses grew up to be national and global companies—headquartered in the city.

Seattle Goodwill wants to connect the bigger and growing companies with the smaller businesses to create a more sustainable business community. As companies grow and move, we’re inviting them to donate their reusable office furniture to our Sustainable Office program. Companies like Nordstrom, CenturyLink Field, and a prestigious law firm that recently relocated out of the Columbia Center have already donated—and some of their materials are available right now in our Sustainable Office Popup Shop.

For small businesses, startups, and smaller non-profits it provides a place to find quality, affordable office furniture like chairs, desSks, filing cabinets, and cubicle walls. Sustainable Office allows budget-restricted companies and organizations to find furniture that fits their needs as well as their finances. It’s more than just creating affordable options, too—it creates a sustainable cycle between our local businesses, big and small.

Seattle Goodwill Director of Business Development and Strategies Brent Frerichs said of the program, "Sustainable Offfice is a great way for businesses to be environmental stewards and contribute to the community; and the furniture on sale offers a tremendous opportunity for business owners who want great office furniture at a terrific price. This is yet another way that Seattle Goodwill builds the community through environmental stewardship as well as job training and education."

In addition to building a sustainable cycle, and giving smaller companies affordable options, it also supports our free job training and education programs, leading to impacted lives, families, and ultimately communities.

Now through June 30, stop by the special events area of our flagship store on Dearborn to peruse our Sustainable Office Popup Shop for affordable office furniture finds with a big community impact. 


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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