Maya's Ideas

Founded in 2011, Maya's Ideas 4 The Planet is a 501(c)3 environmental, humanitarian, and tech focused nonprofit founded by Maya Penn with a mission to fight for environmental justice, climate justice, and diversity and equity in STEM and tech in creative careers, among other community centered social good efforts.

Founder Maya Penn is a 20 year old award-winning humanitarian and environmental activist, sustainable fashion designer, 3 time TED Speaker, and Simon & Schuster author. She has been hand chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her youngest Supersoul 100 changemaker. and has received a commendation from President Barack Obama for outstanding achievement in environmental stewardship. To learn more about Maya's work as a global humanitarian and environmental activist watch the video above.




Since the end of March we have ramped up our supplying and supporting of local Atlanta food banks and food pantries because youth out of school who rely and depend on school lunches for food, and other vulnerable communities and families dealing with food insecurity, are going through an incredibly difficult time and need our support now more than ever. Since that same time in the end of March we have also been creating face masks from recycled and remnant fabric from my sustainable fashion line, and American Eagle recently donated to us 500 disposable masks. I will providing these masks along with personal care items to the homeless shelters for women and children we work with in Atlanta. We are also looking to launch an initiative to to give micro-seed grants to young female entrepreneurs who have companies that also give back to their community. Our top 3 focuses are mask and personal care distribution, food insecurity, and supporting small socially driven businesses.


In 2013 Maya launched a project where she designed and created eco-friendly reusable/rewashable sanitary pads for girls in countries in need.
Many girls that have access to education cannot go to school on their monthly cycle because they have no sanitary pads to wear and taking around 5 days a month out of school can lead to girls dropping out of school, -- many times education being their only chance at making a healthy and prosperous life for themselves.

 Watch Asunta from South Sudan tell her story about how so women and girls in her country are in need of sanitary products.

Since the project launch Maya's Ideas 4 The Planet has worked with Medshare and Youth Action Without Borders for pad distribution. Since then pad kits have been shipped to healthcare facilities in Haiti, Senegal, Cameroon, and Somalia.We are always striving to grow and continue this project and are in need of donations to continue to have means to afford to supplies and tools to produce the pad kits.

DONATE today to give women and girls the gift of basic needs.


Check out Maya's feature in VICE about this initiative.


Maya dropping off sanitary pad kits to be shipped to healthcare facilities around the world.

 Maya with Medshare President Charles Redding.

Maya's Ideas 4 The Planet also works closely with homeless shelters for women and children in Atlanta.

Maya providing supplies, books and spending the day at Solomon's Temple Homeless Shelter for Women and Children in Atlanta




Maya's Ideas is an award-winning slow fashion brand creating eco-friendly, artisan crafted, accessories, clothing, and art made from organic, recycled, and vintage materials. Now 21 year old environmental activist, artist, and 3 time TED speaker Maya Penn founded the brand at just 8 years old from a passion for art and design and a drive to tackle "fast-fashion" and it's effects on the environment.