It all starts with us.

Melissa Tan, Sustainability Advocate


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.

Melissa in Entertainment

After years of developing herself in the industry, Melissa has worn many hats as a model, actress and emcee. Famously recognised in various reality shows in the Asean region, Melissa has established herself as the insightful talent who is versatile in front of the camera.

Learn More
  • Interview: Zero Waste Living (Hello Mentor Podcast)
  • Climate Action for Everyone (TGG Digital Earth Week)
  • Composting (TGG Digital Earth Week)
  • Circular Economy in Action (ThinkCity – Earth Week)
  • Documentary Commentary (ThinkCity – Earth Week)
  • Sustainable Fashion (Alyfe Connects)
  • Zero Waste Wardrobe ( Zero Waste Malaysia)
  • Interview: Zero Waste Living (Modelpreneuer – Elite Network)
  • World Environment Day Talk (UEM Malaysia Facebook)
  • Environmentalism, Zero Waste Living (Podcast: Ssup Influencer/Nuffnang/Malaysia)
  • Moderator: Food Waste (AIESEC in Sunway)
  • Zero Waste Talk / Zero Waste Living (BNP Paribas)
  • Zero Waste Travel Made Simple (Swap 4 Earth Singapore)
  • Cooler Earth – Circular Economy (CIMB Cooler Earth)
  • Volvo Sustainability Talks
  • Intel Earth Day
  • MYD Fireside Chat with ASEAN’s Climate Leaders
  • Fave Presents: Building Sustainable Lifestyle One Habit at a Time
  • Standard Chartered: Sustainable Fashion & The Zero Waste Wardrobe
  • Clothes Swap
  • Digital Earth Week
  • Clothes Swap x Rawsome
  • Clothes Swap x Supparetreat at Komune Coworking
  • Clothes Swap x Green Hero
  • World Cleanup Day
  • Clothes Swap x Think City in Penang
  • Stitch n Bitch – The Waste Journey

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