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Author: Sara Bernard
Source: Grist
Date: 12th Jan 2015
Image courtesy of Grist

Image courtesy of Grist

Maya Penn is 14 years old and lives in the USA.

She is an eco-fashion designer, children’s book author, artist, animator, coder, public speaker, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and environmentalist.

She founded her eco-fashion line, Maya’s Ideas, when she was just 8 years old. 

Maya spent a huge chunk of the past six years designing and hand-making clothing and accessories out of organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, and vintage silks and wools. “No matter how big my company gets,” she says, “I will always use eco-friendly materials. No matter what”. 

Maya donates 10 to 20 percent of her company’s profits to organizations she admires including Live Thrive Atlanta and the Captain Planet Foundation. 

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