Project: Petitpli

Arabella Turek, 25, is COO at Petit Pli - the most innovative childrenswear company in the world. Arabella has a background in Neuroscience and Sociology of Science and Technology. 

Petit Pli aims to reduce waste in fashion at the point of production, transport and use by creating clothes that grow. Children grow 7 sizes in their first 2 years on Earth and this equates to a lot of wasted clothing. Petit Pli’s patent-pending rainproof garments are pleated in such a way that they can grow bi-directionally to custom fit a range of 7 sizes.

She joined Petit Pli shortly after finishing my Master's in Science and Technology studies. After graduating she wanted to be part of a company which was using technology to reduce our environmental impact. It is estimated that each year £140 million worth of clothing enters landfill and our unused clothing is worth approximately £30 billion. These numbers are shocking but suggest opportunity — an opportunity to design clothes that won’t endanger our future. Petit Pli's technology not only extends the use-phase of garments, but its model also reduces emissions and waste at the point of production, transportation and use. And moreover, Petit Pli is inspiring the next generation to value their second-skin, our original technology!

She's really excited to join the W4C Mentorship Programme and says, “to have been selected as a Mayor of London and C40 Women4Climate mentee is an incredible honour! I am excited to start the program.  I intend to learn as much as possible from this experience, and I look forward to building lasting relationships with my fellow mentees and mentor.”

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