Our Environment Deserves a Second Chance, Too
For Goodwill SF Bay, sustainability of people and planet is embedded in our mission to do good in the communities we serve.
Goodwill is a conscientious steward of the planet through landfill diversion, textile and electronics re-use, our E-truck fleet, and green jobs. In just the last few years, Goodwill, a California Certified Green Business, has created hundreds of jobs dedicated to reducing waste.
All Goodwill employees receive extensive training in environmental sustainability best practices, and some jobs are dedicated completely to sustainability practices such as those in our ReCompute program, in which employees learn how to disassemble computers and electronics, refurbishing them for sale in one of our stores or on our e-commerce site.
Last year, in large part because of ReCompute, Goodwill SF Bay diverted over 3 million pounds electronics from local landfills.
The Future of Goodwill is Electric!
In 2019 we increased our commitment to the environment and industry leadership by onboarding a fleet of 11 zero-emission battery electric trucks—the first organization in the United States to deploy electric heavy-duty, “Class 6” delivery trucks.
As a result, SF Goodwill was honored by the environmental education and advocacy organization Acterra with its Spare the Air Leadership Award, sponsored by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).
Over the next three years, the trucks will result in a reduction of over 400 tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the neighborhoods we serve. The e-truck program also provides a public health and social benefit, as Goodwill’s trucks frequent low-income zip codes that historically have higher rates of respiratory illnesses, often caused by poor air quality.
The sustainability of our community and planet are on us. It is our responsibility to take concrete steps to keep our neighborhoods healthy and free from pollutants, help keep our oceans clean, and our coastlines clear of toxic waste.”
William Rogers, President and CEO,
Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin
Goodwill Gives Reusable Items a Second Life and People a Second Chance
When you donate goods to Goodwill, whatever we can’t sell in our stores, we sell in bulk through our aftermarket business and outlet stores. This serves two goals—bringing in additional income to fund our programs and reducing the impact on the Bay Area landfill.
Our commitment to the environment extends even further. We are training workers for 21st century jobs that are environmentally conscious, such as recycling computers in our ReCompute program, in which Goodwill employees learn how to refurbish and disassemble computers and electronics into their component parts and then sell them in our stores or on our e-commerce site.
Donating and shopping at Goodwill helps our planet and the local environment
- Donations and purchases at our stores help Goodwill of the San Francisco Bay divert >40 million pounds from local landfills every year
- Half of the trucks in Goodwill’s SF fleet are fully electric - reducing local carbon emissions by 400 tons over 3 years
- Donations provide affordable, unique, and locally-sourced secondhand items as an alternative to buying new
- Buying secondhand reduces demand for new items - which saves water and reduces carbon emissions
Watch CEO William Rogers’ TEDx talk and join us in taking simple steps to make a big difference for our planet
In honor of the 2021 Climate Action Plan, Goodwill San Francisco Bay CEO William Rogers was invited to speak at TEDxCityofSanFrancisco for their series, Hope in a Heated Planet – a global initiative that aims to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. Learn how donating and buying secondhand clothes helps our planet and the local environment.
Mended With Care
Goodwill has teamed up with the Textile Waste Diversion Project and is offering select, “mended with care” items for sale:
In California, about 1.2 million tons of textile end up in landfills each year. To help divert this waste, California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) is leading and facilitating four publicly funded textile projects focusing on reuse and repair.
Goodwill of The San Francisco Bay has partnered with CPSC and is providing donated garments to be repaired. After cleaning, repairing, or re-imagining selected, high-quality, donated items, they are sold online with a “mended with care” tag. The project transforms items that would otherwise end up in landfills and gives them a second life.
These beautiful, mended-with-care garments are available exclusively at Goodwill SF Bay’s online shop on eBay.
Thanks to our generous Goodwill donors and shoppers for supporting sustainable fashion and changing lives in our community through the power of work.