Tell us about Change Co.?
We are two millennial women who are beyond passionate about creating positive change in the world, and hope to inspire others to come together to make this world a better place for us all. We created Change Co. earlier this year as a quarterly subscription box for modern women. At the beginning of every season we introduce our members to modern lifestyle products that give back in a big way – think jewelry made by survivors of human trafficking, empowering job programs in Uganda. We just expanded to include an online marketplace, where people can shop for individual socially conscious goods – we’re pretty stoked about that!
What is your mission?
From start to finish, Change Co. exists to bring you modern, fashionable products with a purpose. We hope to inspire others to shop consciously, to find the good in your every day routine, and to shine a light on the causes that need our attention the most.
What inspired you to start Change Co.??
We were inspired to create Change Co. after falling in love with several social enterprises and thinking about how wonderful it would be, and how much positive change could be ignited if more people were introduced to products that make the world a better place. We imagined a world where instead of going to a common department store to shop, people shopped at companies that empowered others and helped tackle some of the worlds problems. So, we created Change Co. to bring these do-good products to as many people as we can! 🙂
How did you come up with the name?
We wanted to create an organization for change, and Change Co. really encompassed that for us!
How do you choose what goes in the box? And do you have a favorite product that goes in the box?
We do a lot of digging into every social enterprise that we feature both in our boxes and on the marketplace to ensure that the products we are bringing to our shoppers are up to the highest ethical standards and that the products we choose are making a superb impact!
Have there been any challenges or did anything surprising happen since you started?
There have certainly been challenges, haha! Starting a business from the ground up is full of learning experiences and we have learned to roll with the punches to better ourselves and Change Co.!
How are you different from other delivery boxes out there?
We’re not aware of every subscription box on the market, but we pride ourselves in being extremely dedicated to focusing on products that have a major social initiative attached to them! We also want to ensure we are always ‘putting our money where our mouths are’, so we choose a nonprofit organization every quarter to donate a portion of our profits to, and share with our followers ways that they can make a difference in their community.
Is there anything on the rise for you guys?
We actually just launched our online marketplace! We are stoked to now offer individual (and bundles!) products that are making the world a better place. Not everyone wants to participate in a subscription, which is totally fine, so we created a way to bring these products to everyone!
How do you spread the word about your company?
We participate in community events (we’ll be at the Good Maker’s Market in Nashville next month!), encourage others to help us spread the word about Change Co. through word of mouth, and utilize social media a lot to get our message to the masses!
Do you have a favorite quote or go to saying?
Be the change you wish to see.
Do you have any advice for young entrepreneurs?
Know your WHY. Being an entrepreneur is a rollercoaster of emotions and challenges, and knowing ‘why’ you want to accomplish this – whether it be to make an impact, to provide a better life for your family, or both! – is what will make the long hours and hurdles worth it!