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Goodwill has long embraced the Three Rs — reduce, reuse and repurpose

Goodwill has long embraced the Three Rs — reduce, reuse and repurpose

For more than a century, Goodwill has stood as an entrepreneurial leader, environmental pioneer and social innovator of the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” practice.

If you follow those three Rs, you can add another one — renewal. Your donated goods have the power to make a difference in people’s lives, to strengthen communities and create a healthier environment.

Goodwill’s founder Rev. Edgar J. Helms once wrote: “Goodwill Industries is organized to save material waste and turn it into human well-being.” Repurposing and reselling material goods not only provides Goodwill with a revenue stream to support our mission, it makes us responsible environmental stewards — a role we take very seriously.

There are so many benefits, such as conserving energy and land, reducing pollution and greenhouse gases, saving money on manufacturing, and helping those in need.

We’ve noticed over the years that you’re right there with us, recognizing the important benefits of practicing the Three Rs:

  • Reduce: The most efficient way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Production of new products only happens when there is high demand. If we reduce the demand, we save lots of materials and energy required during production. So ask yourself: Do I really need to buy something brand new?
  • Reuse: Get second-hand furniture and clothes. You are doing everyone a huge favor by choosing gently-used items. Check out the merchandise at Goodwill Central Coast stores, though, and you might even find a designer gem at a great price.
  • Repurpose: With a bit of creativity, someone else’s “junk” can turn into useful and cool treasure. It’s this last R word we want to focus on today. Read further for some unique ideas on how to transform second-hand items into savvy storage options.

For the kitchen

  • Clear off counters by hanging wicker baskets under upper cabinets for veggie and fruit storage.
  • Limited cabinet space? Store frequently used cooking items such as oil, vinegars and seasonings in a flat basket on the counter. Use chalk paint to label mason jar lids for spices, seeds or nuts. Store upright in a drawer.
  • Tall baskets make racks and cutting boards easily accessible. Organize food in the fridge with clear plastic tubs.

For the bathroom

  • Use a vertical spice rack to serve as a compact wall cabinet for your lotion, makeup or skincare products.
  • Scatter decorative baskets or glass containers on the bathroom counter, or intermix with a few picture frames. Find a vintage vase to store toiletry items.
  • Take the doors off under sink storage and hold items in wicker baskets of various sizes for a contemporary look. Wire baskets are great for storing large items like hair dryers and straightening irons.

For the kids room

  • Turn a wooden bookshelf on its side and insert crates for toy storage. Place pillows on top for extra seating.
  • Transform an old coffee table into a play table. Simply tuck baskets under the table and fill them with small toys or arts and crafts items underneath. Put tiny items in clear bins.
  • Turn fabric cubes into book storage and extra seating. Create instant shelving with wooden boxes attached to walls. Paint or wallpaper them for a fun visual effect.

Finally, the ultimate storage hack: reduce! When you have less to store, you need less storage.