About Me

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.

Zero waste and sustainable living is a step in the right direction. Every day, we are going to find new ways to push it a little further onto the right path.

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.


  • 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)
  • Clothes Swap
  • Digital Earth Week
  • Clothes Swap x Rawsome
  • Supparetreat x Hey Melissa Tan at Komune Coworking
  • Clothes Swap x Green Hero
  • World Cleanup Day
  • Supparetreat x Hey Melissa Tan at Komune Coworking
  • Clothes Swap x Think City in Penang

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