Verde Styles: Past, Present, and Future
Are you ready to lend a hand to help Philly go GREEN?!
In the hype of going green in this city of brotherly love, Verde Styles has definitely lent their hand in helping Philly go green.
It started out with three guys with no business background, Nish Patel, Matthew Muchnick, and Chris Zachariah, selling wristbands in local high schools through high school clubs. Patel said, “We sold wristbands because it was the least expensive way to start an apparel line. And we started it all because we wanted to start a business that had some kind of a social Impact.” Through the help of American forests, they planted one tree for every five bands sold. They sold over 2,000 wristbands and raised enough money to plant 800 trees.
The guys competed in a business plan competition at Temple University in early 2009. The guys lost the competition, but remained confident in their idea. New talents were found and the company grew to eight talented young individuals from entirely different backgrounds.
Verde Styles do not only plant trees. They are working to hold more and more recycling drives like the two that took place at Temple University this semester. The recycling drive involved many sororities and fraternities on Temple University’s campus. Both drives had fierce competition. Alpha Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc. won both drives. Verde Styles also sold their merchandises at the event and vowed to plant one tree for every t-shirt sold. You can also check them out at verdestyles.com.
Patel stated, “Planting trees alone isn’t going to save the world, therefore we go out and physically do things to make a difference.”
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