Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit’s Green Works Teams up with Detroit Dirt to Regenerate Waste into Resources

Companies aim to make the city of Detroit grow again.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit’s Green Works has teamed up with Detroit Dirt to improve the city’s community resources with biodegradable compost material that supports healthy plant growth. The two organizations are working towards a shared mission of creating a complete circle of life in Detroit. This Detroit compost is now available for purchase in Shinola stores.
Goodwill’s Green Works offers cost-saving, environmentally friendly asset recovery services for businesses. With the offered services and commitment to the city, Detroit Dirt and Green Works identified the partnership opportunity to ensure the compost material or worm castings would be properly packaged in decomposable boxes.

“The partnership we have formed with Pashon Murray and the Detroit Dirt organization is one we look forward to continuing,” said Dan Varner, Goodwill Detroit’s CEO. “We are honored to work alongside Detroit Dirt and appreciate Shinola’s ongoing commitment to helping the city grow.”

Detroit Dirt is a compost business advocating an urban farming movement by regenerating waste into the resources that will reshape Detroit. Compost is a beneficial resource that helps improve soils, which ultimately supports healthier and more productive plants. Committed to the vision of lowering transportation costs, reducing environmental footprint, creating businesses, developing neighborhoods and installing pride, Detroit Dirt strives to help Detroit learn more about self-sustainability.

“Our main focus is to turn forgotten parcels of land in Detroit into urban farms that not only feed, but revitalize our community,” said Murray, Founder of Detroit Dirt. “Goodwill’s Green Works is the best match to help us package and deliver our compost, as they are also working to keep our community green by diverting waste from landfills.”
Shinola will be selling this premium fertilizer in their stores until May 14. For more information, visit

About Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
The professionals of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit are dedicated to assisting local residents to overcome employment challenges and secure meaningful, long-term employment. In the past year of the organization’s rich history, Goodwill Industries has placed more than 1,200 Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents into new jobs and has provided job training, education and placement services to more than 9,000 individuals in the region. Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit has been helping Metro Detroiters become Trained, Trusted and Ready to Work for more than 95 years. For more information, visit

About Detroit Dirt
Detroit Dirt Inc. and Detroit Dirt Foundation is a minority, woman owned business. Pashon Murray is the owner and president of the company. With more than six years of experience operating in Detroit, leadership and integrity are the cornerstones of Detroit Dirt and Pashon Murray’s work.

About Shinola
Shinola is founded in the belief that products should be well-made and built to last. Across a growing number of categories, Shinola stands for skill at scale, the preservation of craft, and the beauty of industry.

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