Now through December 20th, go shop Goodwill for sweaters, use the holiday theme and your creativity to decorate your finds, and then post pictures of the resulting attire on our Facebook page.
The winners in three categories – cutest, ugliest and most creative – will earn a Goodwill gift certificate and bragging rights!
“More and more people are attending ‘ugly holiday sweater parties’ in bars, restaurants, offices, homes and beyond. At Goodwill, we are thrilled to see the craze continue since so many people shop second-hand for sweaters to decorate,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “As an organization that is committed to moving to zero waste, we’re happy to be a part of anything that diverts waste from landfills. We also encourage people to declutter after the holidays by bringing unwanted items to Goodwill, where the sale of donated goods helps to create job opportunities right here at home.”
Textiles contribute tremendously to the problem of overflowing landfills – the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that textile waste occupies nearly 5 percent of all landfill space. According to the Council for Textile Recycling, while nearly 100 percent of textiles and clothing are recyclable, the average US citizen throws away 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles annually.