In celebration of Earth Day, Goodwill Keystone Area announced it is removing single-use plastic shopping bags from all of its stores beginning today and replacing them with reusable bags.
Goodwill is selling reusable bags in two sizes: the smaller bag sells for 79 cents; and the larger bag is 99 cents. Customers may also bring their own reusable shopping bag.
“We are proud to join the growing number of businesses that are eliminating single-use plastic bags from their stores,” Goodwill Keystone Area Vice President of Donated Goods Retail Cheryl Kulp said. “Goodwill is known as the original recycler, so the decision to move to reusable bags aligns with our commitment to environmentally sound practices.”
According to TheWorldCounts, 5 trillion plastic bags are used each year around the globe, which equates to more than 700 a year for every single person on the planet. The organization notes that it takes up to 1,000 years for a plastic bag to decompose.
“This is an opportunity for us to make a meaningful difference in our communities through collective action,” Kulp said. “By working together with our customers, we can do our part to positively impact the environment.”
To help promote the move to reusable bags, Goodwill held a design contest with the winning entry being placed on a Goodwill bag available for purchase this fall. Kutztown University senior Jamie Sterner’s design was announced as the top winner.
The Lycoming County native will get the chance to fill her own bag with merchandise. Her prize includes a $200 giftcard to a Goodwill Keystone Area retail store. She will also have her artwork featured on Goodwill’s website and displayed in the organization’s spring newsletter.
Sterner is set to graduate next month with a degree in communication design.
About Goodwill Keystone Area
Goodwill Keystone Area serves 22 counties in central and southeastern Pennsylvania. As a nonprofit, 75 percent of revenue is generated from the sale of donated goods in its retail stores. This revenue directly supports Goodwill’s mission to help people with barriers to employment build skills, find jobs and grow careers. We do this by offering job training, career development and education services to those in need. Now, more than ever, these services are critical to help Pennsylvanians get back to work. To learn more, visit yourgoodwill.org.