Adaptive Fashion- How important is inclusivity and diversity in the fashion industry?

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New York Fashion Week is one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year. While Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Kai Gerber make their way down the runway, something is missing in those garments, Inclusivity. Although the world of fashion is full of glamour and charm, there is indeed not a lot of representation for all. For as long history can remember disabled individuals had been restricted from fashion.

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In recent years many fashion brands have taken on the responsibility of providing style for those with physical disabilities because who says individuals with physical disabilities can’t be stylish? And big name brands that have taken on the leadership include Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Target and many more because if you think not fitting into your vintage Levis is a struggle imagine not being able to wear any jeans out on the market. This is the case for individuals with Cerebral Palsy, Prosthetics, Down syndrome, and much more. For this reason and more Tommy Hilfiger created “Tommy Adaptive” with these individuals in mind. Adaptive clothing means using Velcro, magnetic buttons, and elastic bands for jeans instead of the traditional zippers and bottoms which are difficult for many people with Cerebral Palsy.

Other brands include Nike with the creation of the Nike Fly Ease sneaker. A sneaker that makes it easy to put on, by just sliding your foot from the back of the shoe and shutting the zipper as opposed to shoving your foot in and then tying the shoelaces.

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Another brand designing for individuals with physical disabilities in mind is Billy Footwear. This footwear company specializes in providing high quality and high comfort for kids with special physical needs, with cool and edgy designs no kid has to ever has to pass out on a trend.

If clothing can boost someone’s confidence imagine what adaptive clothing can do for an individual with a physical disability. This is why adaptive fashion is highly important in the fashion industry. And one that is making sure everyone feels empowered is Bezgraniz Couture creating garments that are gender non-conforming and accessible to everyone regardless of size and ability. From the selection of the fabric to the styling, everything is thought out to fit anyone.

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Other brands specializing in adaptive apparel include

  • -Silverts
  • -Able2Wear
  • -Care+wear
  • -NBZ Clothing
  • -Etsy
  • -Izzy Camilleri Adaptive Clothing
  • -Plae
  • -and much more

Fashion has no rules; therefore, fashion should not restrict anyone no matter age, gender, size, ability or financial status and these brands are making sure that no one misses out.



10 Halloween Costumes you didn’t know you had

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Halloween is an exhilarating and fun holiday. Many wait all year for this one day to dress up in crazy costumes, but sometimes these costumes can hurt your wallet some going up to $100+. Here are some cool and affordable Halloween costumes.

  1. Rosie the Riveter

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In recent years this costume has gained massive popularity. Rosie the Riveter was a pioneer during WWII as she represented the millions of women who work in factories during the time. A bandana and a denim top and bottom combination and call it a day.

2. Marilyn Monroe

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A fashion icon, Marilyn Monroe became a global film actress through her “blonde bombshell” characters. A mid-length halter dress and are lip is all you need to pull this look together.

3. Holly Golightly

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This character became a fashion icon with the LBD. All you need is a little black dress and some pearls to complete the look.

4. Frida Kahlo

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With her unapologetic personality, this artist became well known not only for her art but her unique look. All you need is a maxi skirt of your choice, an off-the-shoulder floral top to recreate this iconic look.

5. Carmen Miranda

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Recreate the Carmen Miranda look by pairing a maxi skirt, a floral top, and a headpiece.

6. Wednesday Adams

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Dark and unapologetic, who doesn’t love the iconic look of Wednesday Adams? All you need is a white bottom down top and an LBD. Tie everything together by putting your hair in some braids.

7. Cher from Clueless

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This 90’s teenage movie queen gave us all the iconic looks we wished we rocked. All you need is a fun checkered print skirt and blazer combo.

8. Spice Girls

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This 90’s pop groups were known for their crazy styles! Grab your closest girlfriends and recreate your favorite spice girl look.

9. Elle Woods

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All things pink! Elle Woods was not your typical law student. For all, you girly girls this costume is perfect for you. Anything pink will work!

10. Serena and Blair from Gossip Girl


These two stylish bff’s had some iconic looks all throughout the series.


Bathing Suit: From Beach to Brunch w/@thefabjunkie


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Ok, I have to be honest…. I’m not a beachy type of person, but I do love the water. Well, small bodies of water. Being that I don’t spend my summer days lounging out on the beach, owning bathing suits really wasn’t a thing for me. BUT when I heard Goodwill is carrying NWT suits- I HAD TO GET ONE (especially being that they were only $7.99). Ok, I bought two……

I live a pretty minimal lifestyle, so even my bathing suit has to do double duty work for me. I want to be able to take my pool/lakeside look and go out to brunch with my friends or even run some errands. If I can do that, then I don’t have to run home and change. Which simplifies my life.


Here are 5 Tips to Transition your Suit from BEACH to BRUNCH!


Find a suit you love (Duh). I like to wear one piece because I feel that they fit my body type the best but two-piece suits work also. Think crop top + high waisted mom jeans.

• You want to style it with something you are comfortable in. I’m my most comfortable in a flowing material- I paired my suit with a pair of culottes. Easy transition; they slide right over my suit and didn’t take up much room in my bag.

• Shoes complete your look and pull it together. Stay away from flip-flops. The point is to move away from the “I was just at the beach look.” Pair your look with a sandal or strappy heel. I picked my chunky heels because they’re so comfortable and I had A LOT of walking to do.

• FINALLY: add some cute accessories or a structured bag. It will add a chic summer feel.


Stop by your local Goodwill to check out their line of Bathing Suits that they’re carrying while supplies last! All bathing suits are NEW with TAGS attached. Don’t forget to tag Goodwill in all your finds + looks!

Xo Suma


When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

3 Ways to Update Thrifted Baskets


Quick quiz—what screams summer, makes organizing a cinch in any place at all (even on the go!), and is waiting for you at your local Goodwill? Thrifted baskets! From burly laundry baskets to breezy woven seagrass, these permanently picnic-ready decor pieces will feel right at home in every room of your home and even out on adventures! Today we’ll highlight three quick and easy ways you can customize thrifted baskets for looks and functionality.




To add trendy tassels you’ll need:


  • A basket
  • Yarn
  • A small book or something else that makes just the right size tassels
  • Tapestry needle (Optional—can be helpful if the basket’s weave is tight)




Step 1: Wrap the yarn around the book (or whatever you found) until it looks thick enough. I went around 18 times. Slide the loops off of the book and cut along one end.




Step 2: With the yarn still folded in half, place a new length of yarn through the center of it. Then, lay that on top of another horizontal string. Double knot the horizontal piece of yarn around the tassel. You can wrap this around as many times as you want before tucking the ends inside the tassel if you want to (I kept it simple with mine).




Step 3: Repeat steps one and two until you have enough tassels.




Step 4: With the knots you just made placed against the basket, thread the top strings of the tassels through the basket and double knot them in place around the weave. If your basket’s weave is too tight for you to do this with just your fingers, use a tapestry needle to get through the narrow nooks. Do this, evenly spaced, all the way across the top of the basket.




Next up, I loved the unique shape of this square basket that I spotted while out thrifting, but I knew that adding some handles would make it easier to carry while full. While I was at it, I figured I’d just slap on a chalkboard label, too, so I could stick it up high on a shelf if I wanted to and I’d still know what was inside.




To add handles and a label you’ll need:


  • A basket
  • Faux-leather belt
  • Tough string
  • Tapestry needle
  • Paint mixing stick (or similarly thin wood)
  • Saw to cut the paint mixing stick
  • Power drill with a small bit (I used 1/8” bit)
  • Small paint brush
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Scrap wood
  • Chalk marker
  • Sandpaper




Step 1: Cut your thin wood to the right size for your label. I used a saw to slice a 3.25” long section of the paint mixing stick. After that, drill two small holes toward either end of the label. Sand all sides well then wipe off the dust. Paint with chalkboard paint according to the container’s instructions and let dry.




Step 2: Measure two lengths of the belt to make the handles. Mine are each 6” long. Use the actual holes in the belt or add your own holes by hammering them in with scrap wood behind the belt.




Step 3: Thread a length of string through the needle, position the handles and label (after it’s completely dry) wherever you’d like them, and thread them through the basket’s weave to the be secured with a knot on the inside. Try to stitch the needle between the weave of the basket if possible so you aren’t poking holes into the straw/wood itself.




This last one is easy as pie and just as charming. I found this basket a couple of months ago and I love its size and shape so much. However, I noticed that since I keep it in a little nook in my bedroom, it tends to look pretty dark and shadowy over there. I was looking for a way to brighten this piece up and a fresh strip of white paint definitely helped!




To get that paint-dipped look you’ll need:


  • A basket
  • Paint (I used spray paint, but you don’t have to)
  • Paint brush if necessary
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper




Step 1: Tape off the section you want to paint making sure to cover everything you don’t want to be painted. Remember that paint (especially spray paint) can seep through the basket’s weave so you may want to fill the basket with paper on the inside, too. Press the tape firmly into place so nothing can sneak through!




Step 2: In a well-ventilated area, paint the bottom with spray paint or by hand with a brush. Make sure you follow the directions on your paint to make sure you’re doing it safely.




Each of these is just a quick afternoon project that adds personality to one of the most versatile items on Goodwill shelves. Pile ‘em high with picnic supplies, replace your beach bag with something boho, or get a grip on your indoor organization. You could even use your thrifted basket to tote donations in on your next thrift store trip! Goodwill is where your stuff goes to work and any baskets you buy there are sure to carry more than their fair share of the workload.


Have fun making them your own!



When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

10 Instagrammable Murals around NYC

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In a city like NYC, there are all forms of art everywhere you look. Taking a picture that is #instagramworthy can be so complicated. And finding an aesthetically pleasing background to keep up with your Instagram feed it’s even more complicated. If you take a closer look there’s beauty everywhere, with thousands of murals around NYC there are so many to choose from. That’s why we curated a list for you to visit this summer and take your Instagram from 0 to 10:

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1.“ What Lifts you up” By Kelsey Montague

Address: 23rd Street & 3rd Avenue, New York, New York

Dont call me baby mural

2.“Don’t call me baby” by Baron Von Fancy

Address: 132 Allen Street, New York, New York 10013

Pop Art Crying Girl Mural

3.“Pop Art Crying Girl” by D* Face

Address: 421 Broom Street, New York, New York 10013

Love is Love Mural

4. “Love is Love” by James Goldcrown

Address: 390 Broome Street, New York, New York 10013

Audrey Hepburn Mural

5. “Audrey Hepburn”  by Tristan Eaton

Address: 176 Mulberry Street, New York, New York 10013

Emojis Mural

6. “Emojis Mural” by Tom Bob

Address: 12 Prince Street, New York, New York 10012

How to work better mural

7. “How to work better” by Peter Fischil and David Weiss

Address: Houston Street, New York, New York 11002

Notorious BIG Mural

8. “The King of NY” by Unknown Artist

Address:  1091 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11216

The Bushwick Collective

9. The Bushwick Collective

Address: Flushing Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York

Welling Court Mural Project

10. Welling Court Mural Project

Address: 11-98 Welling Ct, Astoria, New York 11102

Pride Do’s and Don’ts

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June is Pride Month! It’s 2018 and being proud of who you are isn’t something you should be ashamed. Get out there and embrace who you are by celebrating all month long (and always). One of the biggest celebrations is Pride Parade; many cities around the world host their own parade. Pride Parade is not just a colorful parade, it’s more than that. It’s a celebration of human rights, a civilized protest about the LGBTQ+ community and their everyday struggles, a remembrance of those who lost their lives fighting to love who they want to love. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a veteran here are the Do’s and Don’ts of Pride Parade:

People at Pride


  1. Sunscreen

Sunburns suck and Pride Parade is in the middle of June, so that means it’s summer! So please don’t forget to apply SPF.

  1. Water

Forgetting to drink water any other day is acceptable but not when you’re in the middle of thousands of people. Especially if you’re under the sun staying hydrated is essential. Plus you wouldn’t want to lose your front row spot by going out to buy water.

  1. Sunglasses/ Hat

Not only do you need SPF to protect you from the sun but wearing a hat and/or sunglasses will come in handy (thank me later).

  1. Comfortable Shoes

Unless you want to end up with blisters, please wear comfy shoes, preferably close toe shoes, we wouldn’t want anyone to step on our feet.

  1. A backpack

You need something to carry all your things right? So do me a favor and please leave your LV at home and bring a mini backpack/crossbody bag or if you want to be trendy a fanipack.

  1. Pride Accessories

bring them all! Bring all your colorful accessories and dress for the occasion.

  1. Go with friends

Everything is better with friends, so grab your closest pals and hit the parade.

  1. Go Early!

Ensure a right spot and leave your house early. You wouldn’t want to get stuck standing behind a 6′ ft tall person when you know your only 5’4″ and risk a chance of completely missing out on parade.


  1. If you have nothing nice to say, then please stay quite

I don’t even need to say this, but if you’re not there to celebrate and/or support the LBGTQ+ community, then you shouldn’t be there at all. So for one day (or forever), please keep your opinions to yourself.

  1. Moment of Silence

It’s a moment of silence for a reason. Please be respectful and for one minute avoid using your phone and talking to others. Just remember the many lives that were lost to celebrate this moment.

  1. No Side Eyes

Everyone is unique, and at the pride parade, you will see many amazing and diverse souls, so if someone looks different from you, please smile, no need, side-eyeing, its a day of love, not hatred.

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Top 10 Types at Every Festival

AGoodLook profile pic Jennifer Panchi |Goodwill NYNJ Staff

We’ve all seen pictures on Instagram or watched a YouTube video of everyone and their mom at Coachella, Governors Ball, or Lollapalooza. Whatever music festival it is we always see the same type of person. Whether you’re the fashion blogger, the selfie addict or just merely there for the music here are 10 people you’ll see at every festival this summer:

  1. The Fashion Blogger

We’ve all seen pictures of fashion bloggers on Instagram. Some of those pictures include them at music festivals posing in their fantastic festival style outfits. While everyone goes for the music, most bloggers go simply for the great artsy backgrounds and excellent photography for their blogs.

  1. YouTube

Youtubers are everywhere! And this includes them documenting every minute at music festivals. If you’re like me and can’t afford tickets to go to a music festival then having these Youtubers filmed their experience is a plus because that means you get to binge watch many videos and still have the festival experience.

  1. Brands

They want your money! That’s why you’ll find so many brands at festivals. From fashion to beauty brands, they want to throw a party and get you to spend. Many of these brands include Revolve, contemporary fashion retailer, throwing the best parties and gathering the high profile bloggers/influencers.

  1. Celebrities

Forget about waiting in line to meet your favorite celebrity. Yes! They are real people and enjoy music as much as us everyday folks so seeing them at a music festival isn’t that rare. You will probably come across them and their entourages while they are not hanging at the VIP lounge.

  1. The “I’m only here for the music” guy

The one person that knows all the lyrics to every song. Yes, you will see many people like this at music festivals, dancing (even if it’s by themselves) and enjoying the festival to its full potential.

6.    The Flower Crown Girl

The ultimate festival accessory. The flower crown is a staple at any music festival, and you will always see a girl who is unapologetic about leaving this trend behind while being mildly culturally inappropriate- but whose judging?!

  1. Hipsters

You can have a conversion about music or the culture of the music festival, they’ll have the answers, but they aren’t that talkative most of the time.

  1. The Selfie Addict

This person’s phone battery is always in 5% person. They love to take a picture everywhere with anyone. I mean it’s all for the “memory.”

  1. The Group in Crazy Costumes

Oh, you’ll notice them at any and every music festival. With the barbarous costumes, they’re dressed for the occasion. And it screams fun!

  1. The Bandwagoners

Everyone goes to music festivals nowadays! I mean everyone even those who have no idea who is who on the lineup.

DIY: Denim DIY Vest w/ @thefabjunkie

What’s a better way to upcycle an old denim jacket you ask? Oh, I will tell you! Turn that bad boy into a denim vest you can rock all year round!  I feel like everyone owns a denim jacket and if I’m wrong… lucky for YOU Goodwill has you covered. I picked up this 90’s Anne Klein jacket a couple of years ago from Goodwill. As you can see, I’ve already shredded it and put my touch on it. It has been sitting in the back of my closet (because this year I thrifted another denim jacket. I know, I have a denim problem) so I decided I would revamp it a bit. What I like about this jacket is that it has a boxy shape. Check out this easy peasy Denim DIY!


Step 1: Find a denim jacket that is a bit oversized on you.


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Step 2: You’re going to use the seam line as your guide to cut. AND don’t forget your scissors.


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Step 3: START CUTTING! I started RIGHT where the seam meets which can be a little hard to cut through. You can start anywhere on the sleeve using the seam to guide you.


Step 4: Once you get your initial cut through, you’re going to want to separate the fabric and continue to cut. When you hold the fabric together you tend to get an uneven cut. It’s fixable BUT why waste time?


Step 5: You can flip the jacket over on its front side to do the back part of the sleeve. Once again, I do this because I want the cleanest cut possible in one shot.


Step 6: Repeat on the opposite side!



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Don’t forget to tag Goodwill in your finds + DIY’s

xo Suma

Spring Closet Cure

By Goodwill NYNJ

Well, we’ve waited through a long, cold winter and are finally on the other side of the snow! I invite you to join me in celebrating the season with a spring closet cure. What’s that, you ask? It’s a quick wardrobe refresh in which you pull out (and donate!) anything drab then add in a selection of new-to-you pieces that highlight one fashion trend for the upcoming season.


To start mine, I did a little research to find out what was hot on the runway and for street style then chose one trend from those that worked best for me (Don’t worry—I compiled a list to share with the best up-and-coming styles!). Bonus points to you if you can work in a few current trends, but today I’ll just be focusing on one: ice cream hues! That’s right, I scouted out a combination of twelve tops, bottoms, dresses, and shoes in dusty pastel colors that will get you in the mood for a trip to your corner ice cream parlor now that spring has arrived.


I chose this particular trend for several reasons. One, because pastels work well for my coloring. But also because a broad trend, like a color scheme, allows me to put together a small collection of pieces that each fit together so I can make the most of my money by mixing and matching. Of these twelve pieces, every top works with every bottom so the combinations feel almost limitless (especially when you start adding in accessories). Plus, they’re all bright and cheerful so they feel right for the next few months where flowers begin to bloom and we need some light colors to brighten rainy days. That makes this trend, at least in my book, a triple scoop of gelato perfection. It’s not just me, though—runways from New York to London are color blocking pastels, too.


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If you’re going for this sweet trend, make sure you include a purple! Pantone’s color of the year is Ultra Violet and while that is a darker shade of purple, designers like Victoria Beckham and Michael Kors are including soft lavenders in their current lines so any shade will do. Especially stylish, according to British Vogue, are looks made monochromatic by stacking one particular pastel on top of itself head-to-toe. I went for this mood with a milky strawberry sweater dress, tights, and flats in my last outfit, but then couldn’t resist the urge to top it with a blue jacket à la Eleven from Stranger Things. It is the rainy season after all! I don’t want to be caught unprepared.


One thing that was super helpful to guarantee versatility with these outfits was finding shoes that were super neutral. The heels I chose are a faint brown reminiscent of my favorite ice cream flavor: mocha chip! This pale color can match just about anything and the kitten height means I can wear it frequently without tripping myself up too much. Finding some vanilla tones that are anything but bland accomplishes that same goal: The cream-colored lace top in picture three and the floral dress in five add some texture and variation to this little capsule wardrobe. The vanilla bean handbag in four is also from Goodwill, by the way!


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These deep raspberry pants reminded me of strawberry sauce drizzled over a sundae and sort of function as the cherry on top of my pastel pieces since they will carry well through every season. One outfit that won’t necessarily translate to colder seasons is number four, but since everything else will, that’s fine by me. Some people may consider millennial pink the flavor-of-the-week, but it’s still well represented on the runways so I’m sticking with it at least through the summer!


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In just this one Goodwill trip, I was able to find some pieces that are perfect for me from places like Banana Republic and Target because the pale pastel trend just happens to feature colors that I’m already comfortable in. I’d say that’s the key to finding fashions that make you feel your best: knowing what feels right to you. Before you head out shopping, identify what styles—whether that means the shape of pieces, their fabrics, or their colors—that you can feel like yourself in. Do this by sifting through your closet and looking for similarities between your current favorites. Florals always feel right to me, too, so I made sure to include this fluttery garden-inspired dress which matches my other finds. I love that it brings a sweet lemon sorbet yellow into the mix.


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Now it’s your turn to seek out a spring closet cure! One trick that can help you build outfits you love is to simply think piece-by-piece. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to visualize a whole outfit at once. Start by just choosing a top or bottom and adding the rest of the look one piece at a time. If you’re feeling stuck, think about contrast. Pair a loose top with hip-hugging pants, dark bottoms with a pale top, or Converse sneakers with a tulle skirt. Contrast creates a sense of balance that leads to great looks. Since you’re thrifting everything, you won’t be spending a fortune for this refresh and you’re keeping your closet sustainable at the same time!


By shopping at your local Goodwill this spring, you can give someone in your community and your wardrobe a fresh start. And remember, if dusty pastels aren’t quite your thing, make sure you check back in for a full fashion forecast that can help you find a different trend to try!


When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!



Earth Day, Zero Waste

By Good Will NYNJ

Earth day is this week, but you can celebrate every day! One way you can do your part to reduce waste is by embracing reusable alternatives when you’re eating at a restaurant or anywhere on the go. Here are a few simple items you can thrift at your local Goodwill to help you be prepared!


Reusable Bag:


The perfect way to keep your kit together, great for runs to the store, useful for transporting food – skip the flimsy plastic!


Cloth Napkin:


Pass on the paper and go for a cloth option. Practical, washable, durable – just throw a few in your kit!


Metal Straws:


Make plastic straws a thing of the past by keeping a few of these on hand, plus you’ll never have to contend with the occasional dreaded punctured straw…


Reusable Drink ware/Travel Mug:


Keep your drinks warmer/colder longer and avoid disposable drinkware.


Divided Container:


Great for bringing lunches or taking leftovers home. Skip the Styrofoam and plastic to-go boxes!




Handy for avoiding disposable plastic alternatives, easy to clean – keep a few sets on hand so you can wash and rotate.


Glass Jar:


A great small container option for snacks or drinks.


Small Containers:


Have a few for dry snacks or smaller to-go items – flexible, convenient, a must in any kit.



Preparing your own zero waste kit is a fun challenge that will help you avoid unnecessary trash and single use items in your daily routine. Create your own, and share any new ideas you discover by tagging us on social media @goodwillnynj


When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!