Hero of the Week: Monique Taffe

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At just 22 years old, Monique Taffe is already an internationally recognized sustainable fashion designer and entrepreneur. She is a recent graduate of a British fashion school, a finalist for her designs last year in the London Mayor’s Entrepreneur Programme 2018 and is making clothing with recycled textiles and objects. She also recently participated in the 3rd Women4Climate conference that took place in Paris where she joined other young women from around the world who have launched sustainability projects and are being mentored by member cities of C40. As IPS explained, Taffe is the grandchild of Jamaican citizens who moved to Great Britain, and says she inherited a tradition of recycling and learned not to be part of the “throwaway culture”, as some environmentalists have labeled consumerist societies.

“I saw how my grandmother re-used things, and that was passed down to my mother who inspired me to do the same,” said Taffe, who wants to use waste materials and recycled fabrics in fashion design. You can follow her brand, Taffe Jones, on Instagram.

 

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