Power of One: Stitching a kinder world
Published Sunday, November 18, 2012 3:36PM EST
Last Updated Sunday, November 18, 2012 7:13PM EST
MONTREAL - Hannah Rose Dalton puts a lot of thought into what she wears.
Her mission is not to impress others with her snazzy stylings, but rather to make a statement about how clothing is made.
For the last four years, the 17-year-old has worn only recycled clothing and hopes others do the same, at least until clothing manufacturers commit to a sustainable and ethical manufacturing code of conduct.
She even designs her own threads.
“I create these crazy garments to create change to make people see things differently, to see beauty differently, to see the world differently,” said Hannah Rose Dalton, 17.
Dalton would like others to boycott new clothing as well, at least until manufacturers prove that those involved in their creation are not underpaid or underage.
“Every human being has the right to a proper living wage and I don't understand how we cannot provide that,” she said.
Dalton is involved in other charitable undertakings, volunteering at a kitchen and last year taught English at an orphanage in Cambodia.
Her efforts have left many singing her praises.
“I think it's her warmth and also her low key nature. She's not pushy but she's leading by example with her own enthusiasm,” said elementary school teacher Mary-Sue Gibson.
Dalton won the Joan Stobo Prichard Award and the Kindness Award at ECS. She now attends Lasalle College.
“It was just so nice to see such a young inspiring girl with such world vision,” said Christy Guntner, Founder of the Kindness Award.