Our mission is simple: To care for the world we love exploring.
There is no escaping the fact that the products we choose to purchase will have an impact on the planet lasting far longer than we will. Plastic bottles take between 450 - 1000 years to decompose, yet 1,000,000 plastic bottles are purchased around the world every minute (that's 20,000 a second, in case you were wondering). Of those 1,000,000, at most only 7% will be recycled and the true number is probably frighteningly lower. The environmental impact of this catastrophe is only just beginning to be felt, but it is often seen most acutely as we travel the world and witness places of incredible natural beauty choking in plastic waste.
Evolve was founded by an environmental science teacher who heard the passionate outrage of his students loud and clear. We MUST change, or the world as we know it will not survive. That's why the Evolve adventure towel is made from recycled plastic waste. Likewise, we are committed to using recycled materials whenever and however possible in all of our future products. We're determined to make high quality, stylish travel gear in a way that benefits the environment.
We're also committed to leaving a positive and lasting impact on the environment through charitable work and donations. We are in the process of identifying non-profit partners that work on the frontline of environmental protection, and a meaningful percentage of our future net profits will be donated to charities working to protect the environment.
We MUST change, for the sake of our planet; our home.
We must Evolve.
My name is Wayne, and I am the founder of Evolve Travel Goods. I grew up in sunny Sydney, where I would spend every spare second camping, surfing, and SCUBA diving up and down Australia's eastern coast.
In my formative years I was never far from the ocean, and of course never far from a soggy, sandy towel. Towels were an essential accessory for my lifestyle, but I never found one that I considered good, let alone perfect! They were always smelly, they took too long to dry and they took up far too much space in my backpack.
Since graduating from university, I've spent the past 5 and a bit years travelling to 40+ countries around the world, working with high school students as an Environmental Science teacher in schools on 3 different continents. My vacations are spent exploring the world, while during the school term I spend my days educating young people on environmental issues and inspiring them to take action.
Though if I'm honest with myself, it's really my student's passion that has inspired me. On a daily basis, I witness their shock at the current state of the environment and their horror at the world which they are inheriting. I hear their outrage and their passion, and this has inspired an idea which, with the help of some talented and supportive people, has turned into Evolve.
As so often happens in the classroom, the roles have reversed and now my students are inspiring ME to take action.
Evolve is my action. More than a brand, Evolve is a way to protect the world which my students and I love so dearly; our playground and our home. It is a path forward for those of you who, like me, love to travel but hate the environmental destruction they witness along the way.
That's why these towels, like all of our future products, will be made with recycled materials wherever and however possible. This is not the easiest, nor the cheapest option, but from our perspective it is the best option.
I hope that Evolve can inspire my students, in the same way that they have inspired me.
I believe that as a first product, the Evolve Adventure Towel perfectly encapsulates the mission of Evolve. It's a product with environmentalism at it's core, without compromising on function or fashion. It's a towel you can see the world with, or even just the beauty in your own backyard. I hope you get the chance to try one out, because I think I've finally found the perfect towel after all of those years of searching!
Founder, Evolve Travel Goods
We have chosen to launch our first product on Kickstarter as crowdfunding allows us to remain independent of outside investment, letting us prioritize design, environmentalism, and customer satisfaction.
We have produced samples and secured a reliable supply chain, however, we require extra funds to reduce production costs through the economies of scale. This is where our backers (you!) come in.
Kickstarter allows us to cut out the middleman and bring you a product that you’ve directly helped bring to life. We can ensure that you get the best possible deal, and we are able to take you along for the ride, every step of the way.
Thank you for joining us, we're glad you're here!
CUSTOMS & DUTIES INFORMATION
Evolve Travel Goods cannot mark orders as gifts as this is illegal.
All shipments will be fulfilled by our 3rd party provider from their US warehouse. Our prices DO NOT include VAT, GST or other country taxes outside of the US.
Our terms of sale for international orders are FOB destination. This means that you pay all freight and duties or taxes. As we are shipping these products all over the world, it is impossible for us to build in the various duties, VAT and GST tax for each location through Kickstarter.
We found this handy tool, that can assist you in calculating duties. Remember to convert the amount to your local currency:
For international customers who are required to pay customs, you will receive an email from your local customs authorities asking for payment to have your order processed through customs. Unfortunately, there is no legal way around customs. Once you make that payment to the customs broker your order will be processed for final delivery.
If our shipping carrier attempts delivery to you and you don't get it because you’re not there, wrong address, moved without notifying us, and the package returns back to our warehouse, it will be the buyer's responsibility to pay the shipping fee to reship the order. When you receive your tracking number, please keep an eye out for the package.
Risks and challenges
There are always challenges and unforeseen obstacles that arise when trying to bring a product to life, however, we have already made significant steps towards mass manufacturing.
After an array of samples, modifications and revisions we feel like we have the best possible product now. We have identified a reliable manufacturer to partner with, produced multiple sets of samples and secured our supply chain. Our partner factory is ready to go for mass manufacturing and is awaiting our order.
We have prepared for multiple different manufacturing scenarios based on different levels of demand. This will ensure that if we reach our funding goal we will be able to make and deliver all the towels ordered. Your satisfaction as a customer is our top priority and we will strive to meet or exceed expectations both in terms of quality and timely delivery.
As always, there can be delays in the process, many of which are out of our control. We promise to do our best to keep our customers updated with the progress and satisfied with the final product. Your support means a lot to us and we want to ensure you’re happy with the product, people, and company you’ve backed!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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