Maya's Ideas

Who is "Maya?"

I’m a 16 year old philanthropist, environmental activist, entrepreneur, eco-designer, inspirational speaker, artist, animator (I make animated short films), coder, illustrator, and Simon & Schuster author. 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 local and global charities and environmental organizations. I have been featured in Forbes, The View, TIME, ESSENCE, The NRDC, NPR, CNN, Huffington Post, The Steve Harvey Show, Entrepreneur Magazine, FOX 5 Atlanta, Wired, Black Enterprise, Cosmopolitan Magazine, 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. I am the youngest female to do two back-to-back official TEDTalks. I spoke at the launch of IBM Verse.
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 eco-friendly sanitary pads for girls in developing countries. I've partnered with an organization called MedShare for the distribution of the pads.

 

Welcome!

❤~Welcome to my shop! Here you will find eco-friendly, environmentally sustainable, fashionable accessories and clothing! My name is Maya. I'm a 16 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.~❤