July 26, 2019

EVERYBODY.WORLD make thoughtful goods, without exploiting people or the planet, and are dedicated to Workers, Ecology, Ideas. That means championing fair wages, pushing boundaries in textile sustainability, and collaborating with creative minds to make enjoyable clothing. The Los Angeles-based brand is the only company to offer basics made from 100% Recycled Cotton—a completely new way to approach sustainability in apparel. Co-founders Iris Alonzo and Carolina Crespo have built their business on a bedrock of ethical and eco-friendly production, and the cross-pollination of ideas from people of all walks of life. Together, they have 30 years experience in the apparel manufacturing industry in Los Angeles.

Can you tell us a little bit about what Everybody.world is and what you do?

EVERYBODY.WORLD is a clothing brand focused on recycled and biodegradable textiles and ethical manufacturing.

EVERYBODY.WORLD’s main thing is the Trash Tee, made in Los Angeles from fabric to finish—from manufacturing waste. The 100% Recycled Cotton Trash Tee collection is the first of its kind in the world. We make merch for other people and have our own collection at www.everybody.world.

How did EVERYBODY.WORLD start?

We both have a ton of experience in garment manufacturing and brand building but did not want to continue with the industry status quo of exploitation of people and the planet. So, we reimagined what that process could look like with Workers, Ecology, Ideas as the foundation of a brand.

What’s your favorite EVERYBODY.WORLD product and why?

The Trash Tee, which was our first product. It was something that hadn’t been done before and we were told “no” and “that won’t work” by most people in the industry from day one. We worked very hard to bring it to fruition and we think it’s the best t-shirt out there.

Who would you love to collaborate with?

So many people. One person on our short list is Dr. Sylvia Earle, the renowned oceanographer who has dedicated her life to saving the oceans.

What are you really excited about right now?

Making new textiles from waste! We’re obsessed with the possibilities.

How has living and working in L.A. affected your work?

It’s really inspiring to be in a region so rich with generations of manufacturing history. We design into our local resources including various factory specialties, available textiles and other materials, printing and dyeing…LA a treasure trove of talent and cool stuff.

The ecological toll of the fast fashion industry is not as widely talked about as it should be. Can you talk a little bit about what you do to counteract these issues?

First of all, we make useful things that are intended to last a lifetime, or even two lifetimes. We also offer repairs on all of our products for as long as we’re around. So, in that sense, we try to make less, better “stuff” rather than just making things to keep up with the seasons. We also work exclusively with biodegradable— and ideally also recycled— materials at this point. Nothing polyester. Every single piece at H&M or J.Crew or wherever that is made from polyester will literally be on this planet for 500-1,000 years. It’s mind boggling and totally unnecessary.