Her story starts off in a pretty simple way: Maya decided to do something about a common problem that often goes unnoticed, namely the fact that our clothing typically contains harsh chemicals and toxins. But, when we look at what Maya actually did, the story becomes remarkable.
At the tender age of eight, Maya started her own clothing line. An innovative entrepreneur, Maya uses fruit, vegetable and herbal tea-based dyes and organic fabrics for her products.
At thirteen now, she is the CEO of her clothing company, Maya’s Ideas, author of a children’s book on sustainable practices called Lucy and Sammy Save the Environment, and executive director of Maya’s Ideas 4 the Planet, her nonprofit.
In a personal communication with Life, Love, V, Maya mentioned that she puts the environment and animals first, and while she may on occasion reuse vintage animal-based materials such as wool, she does not use new leather or wool. Her actions speak of her depth of care for the planet: she will reuse materials, which is better than discarding them, and she will avoid exploiting animals for her products whenever possible.
Through her prolific enterprising nature, Maya eloquently demonstrates the true meaning of sustainability: offering planet-friendly products so that all of life may thrive now and in the future. She is a stellar example of the paradigm shift currently underway, from destructive, greedy, and short-sighted business, toward nurturing, chic, and sustainable enterprises. Bravo!
Image credit: Maya’s Ideas.