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Pre-Loved Podcast with Emily Stochl

May 29, 2023

Pre-Loved Podcast is a weekly vintage fashion interview show, with guests you’ll want to go thrifting with! For more Pre-Loved Podcast, subscribe to our Patreon!

Today’s episode is with Zahra Biabani, a youth climate activist, entrepreneur, author, and TED speaker. We chat about her recently published book “Climate Optimism: Climate Wins and Creating Systemic Change Around the World” which explores data driven reasons for environmental hope. And we discuss her newest venture, where Zahra is the founder and CEO of a start-up in the secondhand fashion space called In the Loop. In the Loop’s mission to make selling used apparel online easier for secondhand store owners. They provide a software that allows sellers to generate accurate and detailed listing with just a picture of the garment. 

We learn all about it on today’s show – so let’s just dive right in!


*This episode is sponsored by Most Wanted Luxury Resale

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  • [3:20] Zahra explains how she became concerned with the intersections of human rights and climate in high school.
  • [8:14] Zahra found climate win stories about structural change resonated with people most of all.
  • [10:34] How the opportunity to turn these stories into her book, Climate Optimism, came about.
  • [14:31] The origins of Rent in the Loop, the first iteration of Zahra’s start-up endeavors. 
  • [17:14] The secondhand industry pain points that Zahra identified, and  is trying to solve for with In the Loop.
  • [22:22] Zahra identified that professional resellers spend around 5 minutes per garment.
  • [22:43] How In the Loop uses AI to get that listing time down.
  • [31:32] Working with high volume clients (1,000 single-SKU items/month) to hone in the AI’s capabilities. 
  • [35:23] Zahra’s best thrifting stories, including her love for the Goodwill Bins. 




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