Celebrate Earth Day With Goodwill

Celebrate Earth Day With Goodwill

By Alana Sesow

Every April 22nd, people all around the globe gather to celebrate Earth Day and promote a greener way of life. With over 1 billion participants per year, Earth Day is now recognized as the largest secular observance in the world.

To celebrate, Lincoln Goodwill has created a list of practical ways you can help the environment today and every day. As you complete these activities – or invent your own — remember to snap a photo and post your good work on social media with the hashtag #SustainableGood!

1. Shop thrift.

Thrifting isn’t just fun; it’s environmentally friendly, too. According to Business Insider, it takes 700 gallons of water to produce one cotton t-shirt, and 2,000 gallons to produce one pair of jeans. On the other hand, Goodwill uses 0 gallons of water to put a donation on the sales floor. When you buy used instead of new, you help preserve natural resources and keep our planet healthy.

2. Recycle your electronics.

Instead of throwing away the electronics you no longer use, drop them off at the nearest Goodwill. Thanks to our partnership with Dell Reconnect, all technology donated to Goodwill is either resold, refurbished, or responsibly recycled. Learn more about Goodwill and Dell’s fight against e-waste here.

3. Repurpose old household items.

Save money and the environment by upcycling commonly trashed items. In a few easy steps, you can turn an old cereal box into a magazine holder, an empty pill bottle into a survival kit and a tin can into a festive vase. You can also revive an old piece of furniture with a fresh coat of paint, as shown above. Browse our Pinterest boards for more ideas.

4. Donate textiles.

Every year, up to 85% of textiles end up in landfills. When you skip the dumpster and donate to Goodwill instead, your textiles are given a second chance at life through our retail stores. Additionally, textiles that do not meet our production standards are responsibly recycled. Learn more about our environmental impact here.

5. Celebrate with CHaRM.

Round up your hard-to-recycle materials and get ready for the Nebraska Recycling Council’s CHaRM Event! On Saturday, April 24th, the NRC is teaming up with Goodwill and other local recycling organizations to collect electronics, scrap metal, documents for shredding, EPS foam, batteries, textiles and housewares. Donors can drop off materials from 9am to 1pm at the Nebraska Innovation campus. For more information and a full list of accepted materials, click here.

Goodwill Campus Move-Out 2021: 5 Reasons To Donate

Goodwill Campus Move-Out 2021: 5 Reasons To Donate

By Alana Sesow

Congratulations, college students: you’re almost done with the spring semester! To celebrate your hard work, Lincoln Goodwill is teaming up with Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to lighten your load – literally – as you move out of the dorms.

From April 26th to May 10th (UNL) or April 23rd to May 12th (NWU), Goodwill will place collection bins inside all residence halls as a part of our 2021 Campus Move-Out drive. Here are five reasons why you should take advantage of this opportunity:

  1. It’s convenient. During the busiest time of the semester, you can donate items to Goodwill without ever leaving your residence hall. This means you’ll have extra time to study (or nap) as finals week approaches.
  2. Decluttering can help you study for finals. Research has shown that people who work in uncluttered spaces are more focused, more productive, and better able to process information. So, if you have items sitting on your desk that you don’t need, donate them! Your brain – and your GPA – will thank you.
  3. You’ll save space in your vehicle. After cramming for finals, the last thing you want to do is cram extra items into your car. Before you turn your move-out into a jigsaw puzzle, consider donating what you no longer need. If you won’t use it, you shouldn’t have to pack it.
  4. Donating is environmentally friendly. When you donate to Goodwill, your items are sold in our retail stores and given a second chance at life. Items that do not meet our production standards are responsibly recycled. In 2020 alone, Lincoln Goodwill diverted 2.2 million pounds of materials from the landfill. Learn more about our environmental impact here.
  5. Your donations create jobs. Sales from our retail stores help fund Goodwill’s Job Connection center: a free computer lab in downtown Lincoln that provides one-on-one assistance to local job seekers. Alongside Job Connection, Goodwill’s ROE program and partnership with other Lincoln nonprofits allows us to better serve individuals with disabilities and other traditional barriers to employment.

Goodwill accepts gently used furniture, clothing, electronics, and home goods, but cannot accept microwaves or TVs. We can also accept and responsibly recycle some items that don’t meet our sales standards, such as stained/torn textiles and broken electronics. Click here for a more comprehensive list of accepted donations. For more information about Goodwill Campus Move-Out 2021, email donate@lincolngoodwill.org or call 402-742-8456.

Upcycled Spring Style Inspiration With Goodwill Finds

By Felicia Czochanski

The days when it stays light out later make my heart happy, as spring slowly but surely begins to sneak into the cold winter weeks. Spring, is most certainly on its way, and with it a range of new fashion trends to get excited about.

There’s another reason I love this slow transition of seasons – and that’s because it’s the time when most people will start to clean out their closets and think about donating to stores like Goodwill. I find that I have the best Goodwill shopping hauls during these transition times and whether or not the style of clothing is still en vogue, the fabric can be impeccable and perfect for repurposing.

But back to fabrics – there are so many reasons to shop second hand and give clothes new life. Whether you’ve decided to shop more sustainably, reduce your environmental footprint, or know that shopping at stores like Goodwill can actually benefit your community by providing funding for essential jobs and training, shopping second hand can truly be a win-win. At the same time, it’s also a great way to bring out your creative and crafty side – whether you’ve used your extra time at home during the pandemic to hone your sewing skills, or are just now feeling inspired to pick up a pair of scissors, a needle and thread and see what happens. Not only will you give great clothes a new life by upcycling them to align with today’s top trends, but you’ll be able to tout the fact that you’re wearing a one-of-a-kind garment that was made for you, by you. And how cool is that?!

Below, we’re sharing some of our favorite upcycled spring trend inspiration. As you upcycle your own Goodwill hauls, share the results on Instagram and be sure to tag us to possibly be featured in a future blog!


Photo: @butterfly_and_sparrow

1. Boho Beautiful

The tides have turned and it’s out with form fitting skinny jeans and in with loose and flowy styles like in this gorgeous bohemian look. This Goodwill shopper repurposed the fabric of this skirt which she purchased as a two-piece set, and altered it to better fit her shape. I love the button detailing down the front of the skirt and the slit at the bottom, giving her the power to show off her legs and her shoes while still looking and feeling comfy.


Photo: @calioclothing

2. Double Take: Pretty Prints

Take-two! This mother-daughter duo will be turning heads in this popping, pretty floral print. This budding designer shops for all of her fabrics second hand at stores like Goodwill, and repurposes them into stunning, on-trend styles like these. Her outfit with the loose fitting pants and bandeau top looks like a spring staple, alongside her chunky and square-shaped sandals that we’ll be seeing a lot more of this season.


Photo: Refashionista.net

3. Time Travel: Square Neck

This thrifty upcycling queen found herself a $1 Goodwill bin steal when she came across the original dress in the picture on the left. She turned it from a well-made 80’s creation to a 50’s style frock, keeping the square neck detail consistent as she transformed the original material into her new dress. The square neck is something we’ve seen a lot of this past year, and will continue to see into the spring. As you think about neckline trends, another big one will be corset-style tops – so as bottoms get looser, tops may get tighter!