North Vancouver clothing designer asked to attend UN conference in Nairobi

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Kaya Dorey is one of six recipients of the United Nations’ Young Champions of the Earth prize.

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Kaya Dorey. Photo by Cassandra Casley, Twist & Shutter

Novel Supply Co. is a conscious lifestyle brand made with sustainable hemp and organic cotton. Despite being made for the “the rad, West Coast, urban adventurer”, the sustainable clothing line has just earned some absolutely incredible international attention.

The UN’s Young Champions of the Earth prize is awarded to one individual from each global region who is championing an idea to help protect and restore the environment. The future-oriented prize aims to provide recipients with funding and mentorship to help build upon their vision, with the ultimate goal of creating a more sustainable world.

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Photo courtesy Novel Supply Co.

Kaya’s brand was recognized for using sustainable fabric and ink and using illustrations from local artists. Her hyper-local, sustainable ethics clearly struck  nerve; Novel Supply Co. only launched their first line in 2017, following a successful Kickstarter campaign.

As part of the prize, Kaya will receive $15,000 in seed funding, access to high-profile mentors, participation in a one-week entrepreneurship course in Europe and recognition at the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi. Kaya will be required to contribute one blog post and one video per month so that the public can follow their implementation journeys online.

You can learn more about Novel Supply Co. HERE.


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