SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Those stained and worn clothes that get thrown away can actually be put to good use. According to major Bay Area charity, Goodwill, they’re using the clothes to generate revenue to develop a new economy.
Four million donated items come through Goodwill’s San Francisco warehouse every year; some by the truckload.
“More than 80 percent of the funding of our job training and placement programs, which is the mission of Goodwill comes through the sale of those donated goods in our stores,” said Director of Brand and Marketing Tim Murray.
Murray said Goodwill alone will create more than 500 new jobs this year.
Clothing that doesn’t sell in stores get compressed into thousand pound bails.
Traditionally they sell in the global aftermarket, but Murray said that’s changing.