Youth Activist: Opal Dragon Scrunchies
Greta Thunberg may have just been named Time magazine's "person of the year" (and deservedly so), but here in SLO County we have some local youth activists and entrepreneurs making a difference.
Aria, a thirteen-year-old SLO resident, has started her own business recycling fabric scraps into home-sewn, funky scrunchies. Aria uses fabric from Picking Daisies, scraps from local seamstresses, and other donations to make her product. Opal Dragon Scrunchies is gaining quite the fan base, due in part to the professional business cards and pens that Aria keeps accessible to hand out. A friend of Aria's, and fellow middle schooler, designed Aria's business cards.
Aria optimizes her scrunchie business by using it as a tool to speak to the community about sustainable fashion. Aria and her mother recently attended the Sustainable SLO event featuring author Elizabeth Cline. Combined with her lifelong knowledge of/passion for thrifting, Aria took what she learned at the Cline event and applied it to an upcoming school project.
For her project, Aria set up an information table with quick facts about fast fashion, a copy of the Downtown SLO Sustainable Shopper map, her Opal Dragon Scrunchie business cards, and flyers for Studio Stitch sewing classes. Those that were unable to visit Aria's information table could read about her mission in her principal's newsletter!
Aria plans to take her advocacy on the road. Aria has chosen sustainable fashion as her speech and debate topic for 4H.
Head over to Studio Stitch to purchase one of Aria's scrunchies, or to inquire about getting some custom made!