Frequently Asked Questions
this is cool. what exactly is and we evolve?
And We Evolve is an online store and subscription box service for secondhand clothing in like-new condition. What if instead of buying more, we took care of what we already owned, borrowed or rented what we wanted to try, and bought only what we loved? These are the founding questions behind And We Evolve.
And We Evolve is co-founded by Liz Funk and Alisha Ebling. Before co-founding And We Evolve, Liz was a marketing strategist for early stage startup companies, and wrote about entrepreneurship and women in business for publications like Fast Company, the Economist, and Creator, the online magazine about entrepreneurship published by WeWork. Alisha is a writer and photographer with a background in nonprofit fundraising. She is active in Philadelphia's environmental advocacy community. Liz and Alisha met at a Girl Develop It class in Philadelphia and learned that they both wanted to launch secondhand clothing companies.
How does a secondhand clothing subscription box have an environmental impact?
Each year, individuals in the U.S. dispose of 15 millions tons of clothes. Often, when we donate clothes to "charity," they end up becoming "textile waste." Goodwill is only able to sell 12% of the clothes on its store floors. When women donate clothes to And We Evolve, they know that their clothes will have meaningful lives in another woman's wardrobe. And when you sign up for a subscription box from And We Evolve, you vote with your dollars and keep money out of the fast fashion industry.
I hear people using the term "fast fashion," but i don't really understand what that means.
That's fair! The term "fast fashion" refers to a common form of rapidly producing and selling clothes to constantly spark new trends; exhibit A, the weeklyish turnover of styles in H&M and Forever 21. Fast fashion is produced inexpensively and sold inexpensively, with costs being transferred in other ways; fast fashion is usually produced in third world countries and puts great strain on the environment. If you're in the mood for a great read, consider Elizabeth Cline's book Overdressed: the Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion. If you can handle a heaaaaaaavy documentary, The True Cost (on Netflix!) interviews the factory workers in Bangladesh where a substantial portion of American clothes are made.