The Uncommon Life

Now Introducing…Give Back Box!

September 14, 2016

Peanut butter and jelly, bed and breakfast, Hall and Oates. Partnerships like these bring beautiful things to society. Recently, we entered into a partnership to continue to promote social and environmental sustainability: The dynamic duo of UncommonGoods and Goodwill® teamed up to introduce Give Back Box to our customers. Through Give Back Box, you can leave your donations for pick-up at your doorstep using an easily downloadable, printable, pre-paid shipping label. When you reuse your boxes to send donated clothes, books, accessories, and household items to Goodwill, you support its mission to help people find work and strengthen their families. Give Back Box also promotes a healthier environment while reusing boxes and keeping them out of landfills (including those shipped with love from us here in Brooklyn and others you just happen to have on hand).

You can schedule pick up from your doorstep, eliminating the (we’ve-all-been-there) problem of a well-meaning donation bag sitting at your doorway or in your trunk for days, weeks, or months. Here is how:

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2 Comments

  • Reply Carolyn Pettit December 10, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I am disappointed that your business is using Goodwill to promote social and environmental responsibility.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-hrabe/the-worst-corporation-in-_b_1876905.html

    • Reply Jen C. December 12, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Hi Carolyn. We thank you for feedback! We are writing to address some of your concerns expressed about Goodwill and the Give Back Box program. We understand that there are many deserving organizations that accept clothing and similar donations. Goodwill is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that is recognized by GuideStar with its Gold Seal of Approval, the organization’s highest rating for charities. Goodwill has a 114 year track record in providing services that meet critical human needs in local communities in the U.S., Canada, and 13 other countries. More than 85 percent of Goodwill’s collective sales revenues are used to support its programs, of which include: funding job placement services both at Goodwill and in the community, funding onsite and virtual skills training, and funding other community-based services such as career counseling, English-language training, financial education, tax assistance, industry-recognized credentials , résumé preparation, and access to transportation and child care.

      Through community donations, Goodwill collectively diverts more than three billion pounds of goods from landfills each year. We encourage you to learn more by visiting http://www.goodwill.org/give/ways-to-give/.

      You can learn more about the Give Back Box program by visiting http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/waste_not/steven_samblis/give_back_box_goodwill_helping_growing_list_retailers_consum

      Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at sustainability@uncommongoods.com if you have any further questions!

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