Saving the Fabric of Society
FabMo’s philosophy is “take only what you need, and don’t waste it.” The nonprofit collects discarded designer textiles and make them available to the public for reuse.
For the past 25 years, Jonathan and Hannah Cranch, the founders of FabMo, have salvaged reusable scraps from textile companies. Although companies at first were hesitant, the Cranches ended up collecting so much material they often begged friends and family to take the goods off their hands. Now, companies ask FabMo to save their trashed textiles and people line up for a chance to snag the items at FabMo’s headquarters in Mountain View.
The nonprofit is now made up of about 250 volunteers who find and sort through textiles, carpeting and notions. Teachers, artists and other creative types may take anything they want in exchange for a donation, big or small.
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