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Name: Dana Lopez
Occupation: Model, Environmentalist and Educator
Where were you born? What is your heritage?
I was born in Argentina and my background is Italian and Spanish.
Tell us a little bit about what you do?
I have been living in Australia for almost 6 years, working as a fashion model for the last 13 years and I have been an educator with Take 3 for the Sea for about 2 years now. I graduated last year in Environmental Management and I am extremely passionate about protecting our beautiful ocean and all the amazing creatures that live there.
What does the Fashion Revolution movement mean to you personally?
Is a great movement that pushes me to bring awareness on what I wear and obviously being a model what I promote.
This year’s Fashion Revolution theme is all about a healthy planet being a human right – what action are you taking in the fight to keep our planet healthy?
I am very conscious of the decisions I make as a consumer, from the coffee I buy to groceries, clothes, furniture and beyond. I believe that is the biggest power we all have. As a model and educator I try to use that space to educate people on plastic pollution and the ways we can all, with small actions in our everyday routines, make a difference. Many small actions make a big difference. I love using my voice to protect our ocean.
How does the fashion industry affect the health of our oceans?
The fashion industry affects the health of our oceans in a lot of different ways, from the chemicals used on the process to the fact that every time we wash our clothes lots of participles of microplastics are released and enter our waterway. From there, those plastics enter our food chain, so this not only affects the health of our ocean, but it affects us personally. Sydney Harbour is one of the most polluted harbors around the world because of microplastics from our washing machines.
Given the fashion industry is one of the most polluting and abusive industries, what changes would you like to see brands take to start to pave the way for a more ethical industry?
I would love to see more natural fabrics being used in the process of creating new pieces.
Do you have a favourite place in nature? If so, where is it?
The ocean, any place in the world as long as I can jump in the ocean for a surf, swim, snorkel or dive, I am happy.
What do you normally wear every day?
Really depends on my mood but mainly denim.
What is your favourite piece in your wardrobe?
A vintage denim pink overall.
Do you have any favourite sustainable brands, or favourite second hand shops?
I love a brand called Shapes in the Sand, sustainable swimwear and of course Vinnies – you can find great pre-loved pieces!
Do you have a style icon?
What is your favourite style of Mighty Good Basics?
I absolutely love the bikini brief!!