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The Broadway Green Alliance's 2013 TEXTILE DRIVE Will Be Held Wednesday, March 27th from 11am - 1pm in Duffy Square
March 13, 2013
Theater fans and pros help keep clothing, accessories, and household items out of landfills
The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is sponsoring a textile drive for the theater industry and its fans on Wednesday, March 27th from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm in Duffy Square at 46th Street and Broadway. The collection drive is open to all shows, theaters, industry members and fans.
Collection drive efforts in the fall of 2012 garnered 1750 pounds of materials. Textiles were donated from the casts and crews of 20 shows, many costume shops and theatre-related businesses, plus theater patrons on their way to Wednesday matinees.
Goods will be collected by Wearable Collections, who will make sure that 96% of everything collected gets re-purposed or recycled. They accept all used clean clothing, including shoes, handbags, belts, and hats, and household & backstage items: curtains, linens, and towels (carpeting is not accepted).
Wearable Collections will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Broadway Green Alliance to aid in the BGA's efforts to make Broadway greener. Although the BGA will not be distributing receipts for tax deductions, the IRS allows donators to claim up to $500 worth of clothing donations without a receipt.
"At BGA we want to give members of the theatre community the opportunity to keep tons of used costumes, towels, sheets and other textiles out of landfills," says BGA coordinator Rebekah Sale. "This year we have partnered again with Wearable Collections, a company that in 2012 diverted 2 million pounds of textiles. With their help, we are continuing to keep Broadway green."
Industry members unable to attend the event are welcome to drop off their textiles at one of three locations: TWU Local 764 at 545 West 45th Street, Actors' Equity Association at 165 West 46th Street (14th Floor), or Local 802 AFM at 322 West 48th Street (during regular business hours).
THE BROADWAY GREEN ALLIANCE (BGA) educates, motivates and inspires the entire theater community and its patrons to implement environmentally friendlier practices. The BGA (formerly Broadway Goes Green) was launched in 2008 as an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and has become a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. The BGA brings together all segments of the theater community, including producers, theaters in New York and around the country, theatrical unions and their members, and related businesses. Working closely with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the BGA identifies and disseminates better practices for theater professionals and reaches out to theater fans throughout the country. For more information, visit www.broadwaygreen.com.
WEARABLE COLLECTIONS is a socially responsible clothing recycling company that makes it as easy for New Yorkers to recycle their clothing, as it is to recycle cans, bottles and newspapers. Wearable Collections provides a no cost solution to textile recycling within residential buildings in New York City. Through this process they not only divert textiles from landfills, but also are able to raise money for charitable organizations. www.wearablecollections.com
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