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Announcement   Elle FabriQ hopes for cleaner water and a healthier environment by providing practical and reusable food packaging.

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Last updated on May 26, 2018

Elle FabriQ hopes for cleaner water and a healthier environment by providing practical and reusable food packaging.

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About

Before I became an Etsyer

Like so many people, I did a lot of soul-searching over the course of my life.
The search became even more pivotal as I started yearning for diversity in mindless job tasks, and was looking for ways to channel my creative spirit. After obtaining three degrees, I realized that none of them they quite lined up with my dream job, but I could still use my newly acquired skills in a variety of fields. For example, my training in computer graphics helps me work with any graphic design software.


At eighteen, I devised a list of my skills and interests that would help me grow on a personal and professional level, and ultimately point me in the right direction on my life path. It was important to make those weekly ‘’30-something-working hours’’ count by finding a job that best fit my personality, values, preferences, and skills.

After working two years as a graphic artist, I set out to travel throughout Quebec and Western Canada, gaining work experience in the public sector. Staying true to my convictions, I sought more time with other people and less time spent sitting in an office chair with my eyes glued to a computer screen. All the same, as I was piling up job experiences, I felt a need growing inside of me, one that would eventually help me find a new purpose.

Working under people made me feel like I was simply carrying out mundane tasks, like a robot programmed to meet the boss’s expectations.
I had sound judgment and a good head on my shoulders, but I wasn’t being paid for that. That’s when I decided that the next job I landed would allow me to make my own decisions and give me more freedom, more autonomy. I went back to school to become a certified psychoeducator. This choice was in perfect agreement with the growing list of interests and skills I’d been acquiring over the past ten years.
But once I’d finished my bachelor’s and master's degree, I felt a social and professional burden weighing on me, rather than the sense of achievement I’d been longing for.

That’s when I made the smart and practical decision to split my work in two.
The desire to play a part in a young child’s education has led me to work as a substitute educator in different daycares throughout the region.
The need to be an entrepreneur, work with my hands, express my creativity, and have more freedom has motivated me to start my Etsy project.

So, why did I choose sewing?
And why a zero waste project?

For a start, my mother is a seamstress, so I grew up surrounded by sewing machines.
I made clothes for my dolls, among other things. Now I have my own sewing machine to take care of my basic needs, but also to satisfy my desire for a creative outlet.

Also, I wanted to find easy alternatives to single-use plastic bags since like many other people, I am mindful of the negative impact that plastic waste has on the environment and our waterways. I’m saddened by the plastic oceans created by humans.
The products I create are one of the ways I’ve found to minimize plastic waste.

I hope you enjoy my Etsy shop! :)

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  • Mélissa

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    I come from a small municipality in Chaudière-Appalaches, Quebec. I travelled to many towns throughout the province of Quebec and Western Canada, accumulating both academic and work experience along the way. Today, I am an early childhood educator and an etsyer.

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