WHO IS MELISSA
Hey there, I’m Melissa Tan, and I’m an eco-conscious girl in Malaysia pursuing a zero waste life.
I was the Recycling Kid
When I was a kid, I recycled everything that I knew to be recyclable in my house.
In my teens, I worked in coffee shops and saw the amount of cumulative waste we created. It made me very uncomfortable, so I fished plastic cups out of the trash and washed them, hauling huge bags of them to the recycling centre after my shifts. But I knew it was not enough.
Then I heard about the zero waste movement, and how we can REFUSE the creation of trash in the first place.
*click* that was my lightbulb moment. There was my solution.
I’m an animal lover
A lot of my motivation for this are the animals and people that get hurt as a result of how the modern world works in careless disregard of the environment.
When I watched videos of an animal suffering at the slaughterhouse, and then read about how vegans eat,
*click* that was my lightbulb moment. I went #meatless.
I’ve volunteered with a local animal shelter for years, but when it came to watching videos of wildlife and marine life dying, I felt powerless.
These media had an impact on me. If I helped to create it, speak about it and get it out to more people, it may impact someone else too.
I hope to spark that lightbulb in someone else, like mine was triggered all those years ago.
There is a solution. And it begins with us.
Continuous, collective action and initiative is an active protest
against the injustice we see today,
this is what will change our world for the better.
These are some of the organizations that I work closely and represent.