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Eco-friendly Fashion

Maya Penn created an Earth-friendly clothing brand as a kid

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Maya started designing at age 8!

Maya Penn is hard at work in her studio in Atlanta, Georgia. Fabric and jars of beads cover her desk. Racks of clothes line the walls.

Maya is an eco-fashion designer. She creates clothing in a way that does less harm to the environment than traditional clothing. “When I was 8, I started taking old clothes and turning them into new designs,” Maya says. “People wanted to know where to buy them. I got the idea to make my own business.”

Maya Penn is working hard. She sits in her studio in Atlanta, Georgia. Her desk is covered in fabric and jars of beads. Her walls are lined with racks of clothes.

Maya is an eco-fashion designer. She creates clothing. Her process causes less harm to the environment than the traditional way clothing is made. “When I was 8, I started taking old clothes and turning them into new designs,” Maya says. “People wanted to know where to buy them. I got the idea to make my own business.”

She created Maya’s Ideas, a sustainable fashion company. Now 21, Maya hopes to inspire others to start their own business.

She created a sustainable fashion company called Maya’s Ideas. Maya is now 21 years old. She hopes to inspire others to start their own business.

Clean Clothes

The fashion industry produces 1.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year. This greenhouse gas traps heat in Earth’s atmosphere and warms the planet. Fashion’s main polluter is “fast fashion.” In this part of the industry, brands produce large amounts of cheaply made clothing that isn’t made to last.

Maya’s Ideas uses the fabric from pre-owned clothes to make something new. This reduces the need to make materials from scratch.

The fashion industry produces 1.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. It traps heat in Earth’s atmosphere. That heat warms the planet. Most of the pollution in the fashion industry comes from “fast fashion.” Fast fashion is clothing that doesn’t cost much to make. Brands make large amounts of this cheap clothing. But it isn’t made to last.

Maya’s Ideas reuses fabric. Maya buys clothes that people have already worn. She uses the fabric from the old clothes to make something new. That means less new materials need to be created for her brand.

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“I had to be hands-on in all aspects of my company,” Maya says. She designed a logo, sewed the clothing, and even built her first website when she was 10!

After 13 years of running a business, Maya believes age is just a number. “I’ve learned that you’re never too young or too old to make an impact,” Maya says. “Many people will be excited to support your unique voice if you take that leap to start.”

“I had to be hands-on in all aspects of my company,” Maya says. She designed a logo. She sewed the clothing. She even built her first website when she was 10!

Maya has been running her business for 13 years. She believes that age is just a number. “I’ve learned that you’re never too young or too old to make an impact,” Maya says. “Many people will be excited to support your unique voice if you take that leap to start.”

Now You Try It

Use the rulers provided to answer the questions.

Use the rulers provided to answer the questions.

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Maya uses metal rivets for a denim project. What is the width of the rivet?

Maya uses metal rivets for a denim project. What is the width of the rivet?

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Maya wants to create a beaded scarf. How wide is this bead she plans to use?

Maya wants to create a beaded scarf. How wide is this bead she plans to use?

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Maya stitches a striped pattern onto a piece of fabric. How wide is each stripe?

Maya stitches a striped pattern onto a piece of fabric. How wide is each stripe?

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Maya snips off extra thread after stitching a seam. How long is the piece of leftover thread?

Maya snips off extra thread after stitching a seam. How long is the piece of leftover thread?

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