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Gap and All That Scrap

Values, Company, DesignDanielle Samaniego, Gap Inc. bloggerComment

Need fabric for a stage costume? Look no further than Materials for the Arts.

More than 4,000 New York City arts organizations, public schools and city agencies have been converting waste into art thanks to Materials for the Arts.

For the past 20 years, Gap has been donating all kinds of material — fabric, trim, paper, and frames — to the non-profit. It’s a perfect marriage of art and fashion, while also protecting the environment. This has allowed Gap brand to divert 29,814 pounds of materials from the landfill in the last three years alone.

So that bolt of fabric might make its way to the theater stage as a costume or even a puppet. Used cloth becomes part of a fashion-design student’s newest project. The possibilities are endless.

It’s one way to keep art and fashion moving forward in the community, while also protecting the environment. And maintaining a sustainable style is a big priority for Gap and Gap Inc.