Maya's Ideas

Who is "Maya?"

I’m a 15 year old philanthropist, environmental activist, entrepreneur, eco-designer, inspirational speaker, artist, animator, coder, (I make animated short films), illustrator, and writer. I am the CEO of Maya's Ideas, a company I started in 2008 when I was just 8 years old. I create eco-friendly clothing and accessories. My designs are sold all over the world and I have customers in Denmark, Italy, Australia and more. I love to use my creativity to give back. 10-20% of my profits go to causes local and global charities and environmental organizations. I have been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, The NRDC, NPR,CNN/HLN, TIME, ESSENCE, The Steve Harvey Show, Young Entrepreneur, The TOMS Shoes Blog, Redbook, FOX 5 Atlanta, Wired, Black Enterprise, Cosmopolitan Magazine, CBS Better Mornings Atlanta, Ebony, TechRepublic (CBS Interactive), Atlanta Tech Edge, TakePart (Pivot Media), Gabrielle Bernstein's Her Future Blog, actress Alicia Silverstone's blog The Kind Life, The Atlanta Journal Constitution,  and many other publications. I've done three TEDTalks. My TEDWomen Talk has gone viral worldwide and it has over a million views and growing and over one hundred thousand on Youtube. I am the youngest female to do two back-to-back official TEDTalks. I spoke at the launch of IBM Verse.

I also write a column as a contributing writer for I'm the winner of the Black Enterprise Teenpreneur of The Year Award 2013. I am a proud member of The Pollination Project's Youth Grantmaking Advisory Board. I was honored as an entrepreneur at the 2012 SCLC Women's 33rd Annual Drum Major for Justice Awards in the Youth Category. I was honored along with actor and Humanitarian Sean Penn and Samuel L. Jackson. I was panelist/speaker at the economic empowerment summit at Agnes Scott College that was being presented by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights for teen age girls. I spoke on the Little Pink Book Spring into Ownership 2013 Panel. I've been a speaker for Girls Inc.

I'm also really into technology! When I was about four years old my dad showed me how to take apart a computer and put it back together again, and that really started my love for technology. I've built my first website myself, and I'm learning JavaScript and HTML 5 so I'm really hands on in all aspects of my business. I also have a nonprofit organization called Maya's Ideas 4 The Planet. I'm working on a project with my nonprofit where I have created 20,000 eco-friendly sanitary pads for girls in developing countries. I've partnered with an organization called MedShare for the distribution of the pads.


❤~Welcome to my shop! Here you will find eco-friendly, environmentally sustainable, fashionable accessories and clothing! My name is Maya. I'm a 15 year old designer, animator, and philanthropist. I'm also into technology and I built my first website myself in HTML. I also have a non-profit organization called Maya's Ideas 4 The Planet. I use 100% organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo, as well as recycled vintage materials in creating my clothing and accessories. Please check back daily as I am adding new designs. I love nature and the environment, and I use this as constant inspiration. All items are one of a kind, artisan handcrafted from the finest materials. 10-20% of the profits I make go to local and global charities and organizations I am passionate about. ----- I am an environmentalist first, which for me means that I am doing everything that I can to make the planet livable for BOTH people and animals alike. No person or creature can live on a planet that is polluted and full of toxins and waste. I support recycling and reusing materials that will not put an additional strain on our environment by stripping the earth of it's natural resources. I do not use new leather or new wool in my designs. If I come across a piece of 1940's vintage wool fabric, I may use it and turn it into a new creation, but I would never buy a piece of new wool that has been cruelly sheared off a sheep. The same with silk. I always use old, vintage fabrics or organic and natural cottons. I see our planet and our animals as one in the same. They need to be protected from harm, treated humanely and respected.~❤