Thrifting at Goodwill of North Georgia isn’t just an affordable option, but it also helps stop waste.

When you shop and donate at Goodwill, you’re reducing the number of items being sent to a landfill. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average person throws away 81 pounds of clothing per year. That adds up to 3.8 billion pounds of unnecessary waste added to our landfills.

Many of those items will stay in landfills for years. Rubber shoes take up to 80 years to decompose, while polyester takes more than 200 years. But in 2020, we’re proud to say we diverted 44,773,880 pounds of materials from landfills.

Whether you’re shopping, donating, or both—you’re supporting job seekers and more eco-friendly retail. It’s a win-win. Because every purchase helps fund job training programs and career services for neighbors seeking new opportunities all across North Georgia.