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For someone who grew up loving and exploring the outdoors, making a career out of protecting the planet may seem like an obvious choice. But for Megan Stoneburner, Product Sustainability Manager on Gap Inc.’s Global Sustainability & Innovation team, that choice came less from obviousness and more from an emotional place of her connection with nature. “I’ve always felt nature’s presence so strongly — my entire life. My parents got engaged in Yosemite, and I just got married there recently, too! A lot of memories and stories connected to that place for me.”
So it comes as no surprise that she devotes her time to helping our brands make products that are better for people and our planet. She works with design and product teams across the organization on some of the latest technologies and best practices in sustainable production (recycled fibers, water conservation, sustainable cotton sourcing, just to name a few). But her passion for this work is overwhelmingly clear the moment you start to chat with her.
When asked about an experience that she’ll never forget, her eyes light up as she describes a night hike she once took in Yosemite (have we mentioned she loves the outdoors?), where she saw a full moon like she’d never seen before in her life. “There is such a stillness in nature, but one we don’t understand. Staring at that moon — being almost consumed by it — it made me realize there is something out there so much bigger than us.”
Read on to meet Megan and hear more from her about “The Three Rs,” her celebrity run-in, and her grandmother’s sweater.
What do you do for Gap Inc.?
I empower our brands to make products that are better for the people and the planet.
What inspires you?
My husband. And my team! I am surrounded by incredibly intelligent and passionate people. They work tirelessly with one shared common goal — to make this world a better place.
Cozy, chic, with a flare of sporty.
Athleta Featherweight Stretch Jumper (it’s made from recycled polyester).
All-time favorite piece of clothing
A sweater passed down from my grandmother — first to my mother, and then to me. It was her house sweater and it’s what I always remember her in when I think of her. It’s comfortable and kind of odd. I always feel super confident in it because of the history behind it.
Last purchase (doesn’t haven’t to be clothes)
A children’s book called The Three R’s: Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle for my nephews.
What you’ve learned from customers
They value our values. Quality and purpose count.
Favorite Gap Inc. moment
I have grown up with this company — there are so many! A highlight right now is doing what I LOVE… every single day.
I was a packer for our family moving and storage business. I was really strong during summer break.
Experiencing a full moon in Yosemite on a night hike. Cherish and protect the beauty around us.
Always puts you in a good mood
Concerts and Boxing — not at the same time, obviously.
“Love is My Religion” by Bob Marley.
Something people don’t know about you
I once met Marshawn Lynch and asked him what he did for a living! I had no clue who he was until he told me.