Every time I do something, I think it is not good enough. This may have stemmed from the constant barrage of "no''s I got when applying for graduate school. Or perhaps being told "no" by every professor I approached for a doctorate degree, even though I had done x, y, and z. I can't pin-point where my mindset went from "Yeah, I've got this" to "Well, I hope someone likes it." I wasn't like this in my undergraduate education... in fact, I can clearly remember my first year roommate telling me people found me intimidating because I didn't ask "what if?" and just charged ahead over subs in Subway. "You don't say, 'Well, if I get to go to Africa,' you say, 'When I go to Africa.' It's unnerving to people." she said. I stayed silent as I munched on my sandwich.
Now? While I still apply for things I don't have a chance for (hello BBC presenter or Homeward Bound), my mindset now is, "I don't think I'm going to get x." Nothing is ever 'good enough' for me; as that line from Hamilton goes, I can never be satisfied.
The Fins United Initiative? Needs improvement.
ConCiencia Azul? Definitely needs some work.
My being "green"? I'm slacking in areas.
Being "fully present" and putting the phone down? Ha. Cute.
I'm sure you're wondering, "Hey, Melissa, what does fashion have to do with keeping our planet green?" Well, amigx... everything! For example, did you know leather-making can take up to 16,000 litres of water to produce just 1 kg of it? Or that China supplies 90% of the world's angoras - that's more than 50 million Angora bunnies! Don't even get me started on how many countries are at 'extreme risk' in the Forced Labour Index - about 49 countries where regulations are either poor or just don't exist!
The fact of the matter is that most of our fashion is low quality and has a high turnover. This means unsafe workplaces (including human right violations - like child labour), chemical pollutions, HUGE carbon and water use footprints, and more. So what can we do?
Hi! I'm Melissa, an Australian-based Latina science educator, podcaster, and freelance writer. I spend a lot more time on Instagram and Twitter, but blogging is my first love. Thanks for stopping by — I hope you stay a while.
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