eCommerce Recycling with a Soul

See that pile of cardboard boxes over in the corner? Next to all that wrapping paper? You know the pile I am talking about. All those great presents you got for the holidays delivered from Amazon and other eCommerce folks. Now you can put those boxes to good work using them to donate to your local Goodwill.

How? Through this great program from Give Back Box.

Give Back Box® was founded in 2012 by Monika Wiela, who at the time was running an online shoe store.

As Wiela soon learned, an estimated 11 million tons of clothing, footwear, towels, bedding, drapery, and other textiles end up in U.S. landfills every year. In addition, online shopping is now the preferred method for much of the buying public. According to the EPA, more than 4 million tons of corrugated boxes are discarded and landfilled each year!

After several years of research and extensive conversations with a host of nonprofits in the U.S., it was clear that Goodwill Industries International, with its more than 3,200 retail locations, was the perfect vehicle for the goals and objectives of Give Back Box. Goodwill uses the revenue from the sale of donations to provide employment placement, job training and community-based services such as career counseling, education and mentoring. Last year, more than 2 million people worked to build their career and financial assets by engaging with Goodwill team members (Goodwill is involved in one out of every 200 hires in the United States).

I used it for the first time this week to donate  (with pickup from my home!) and can’t wait to start using it all the time for my Amazon purchases!

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