Horizon Goodwill Says Donating to Goodwill Saves 15 Tons of Textiles from Landfill

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In celebration of America Recycles, Horizon Goodwill announces their recycling totals for textiles.

CEO John McCain and Board President Ron Bowers

“Donating to Goodwill not only helps those in need through training and jobs it also helps our environment,” said CEO John McCain.

Goodwill shoppers and donors recognize when they shop Horizon Goodwill they are effecting change by creating jobs and job training in their communities. However, they probably don’t realize donating and shopping at Goodwill stores is equivalent to recycling too. Each year approximately 13.1 million tons of textile waste is sent to the landfills in the U.S.; of that, only two million tons are recycled. CEO, John McCain said, “Horizon Goodwill’s business model is to recycle. We take donations from the community that the donors no longer need, and turn around and sell it to someone who treasures it.” Because of this approach, Horizon Goodwill salvages 15 tons of textile from the landfill which in turn helps our environment.

The EPA reports that one pound of textiles emits more than seven pounds of CO2. Therefore, textile waste creates pollution. The Huffington Post reported “one t-shirt consumes 700 gallons of water during manufacturing so if 300 million American’s recycled one more t-shirt we would recover 210 billion gallons of water and keep one million lbs. of CO2 out of our atmosphere.” “Donating to Goodwill not only helps those in need through training and jobs it also helps our environment,” said McCain. “We believe if more people understood this fact they would not only donate one more t-shirt, but they would shop with us as well.”

In addition to helping the environment by recycling, Horizon Goodwill continues to develop systems to reduce their carbon footprint. This year they added two programs one utilizing solar power, and the second replacing all lighting to install a more efficient LED lighting.

About Horizon Goodwill: Goodwill has been rated #1 above the global brands Amazon and Google for the Brand World Value Rankings for 2016. Horizon Goodwill Industries, whose mission is “Removing Barriers, Creating Opportunities,” is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all people have access to employment despite significant obstacles. Horizon Goodwill serves over 5,000 clients annually in a 17 county region that includes parts of the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.horizongoodwill.org

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