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Good health to you, my friend! I am Kyiv, an ancient, and therefore wise, city. I have been observing for centuries how the ice takes into its magical embrace mighty waters of my Dnieper. Orange autumn paints my slopes with fiery colours. A spring ringing birdsong overwhelms even the noise of a modern city and summer bathes in the gentle embrace of the sun, watering everyone with ripe fruit juice, I have only one wish – that it would always be so.

For the first time, here will be no stories of how everything used to be. Because the Universe has not yet known such a reckless consumption as during the last decade.

However, there will be a story about how eco-conscious Kyivans are transforming their present for a better future now.

Today, there are several recycling initiatives in Kyiv. Many cafes and restaurants refuse to use plastic utensils. For example, when ordering a fragrant variety of coffee or a cold fresh fruit drink, you will be offered to use a straw made of thick cardboard or metal, rather than a plastic one. This is a small but very valuable contribution to the environment preservation, and therefore the preservation of me.

There is a Ray Bradbury's quote: "Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget". However, it also happens that these "types of receptacles" become too many, and sometimes it's time to "forget", then people throw literature in a trashcan, or burn it. It's always a pity to look at flaming covers. I think that I am not alone who came up with an idea to accept other people's books. If on a trip to my sights you picked up a book to which it's time to say goodbye, then there are addresses where it is possible to give it a second life.

For example, on Liuteranska Street, 4 in Bukinist-centre or in the market Petrivka in second-hand bookshops. You can also go to the bookstore Bukinist, which was opened on 1-3 Pushkinska Street. Furthermore, there is a termless "100,000 books for rural libraries" project organised by the Daryna Zholdak Foundation for the collection of books. And the store Laska is a place where new life can be given not only to books, but also to things that have already lost their relevance for you.

Bookinist Center store

4 Luteranska street

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Cupidon Kneipp Club

1/3 Pushkinska Street

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This space is created by conscious consumers whose message is a responsible and moderate attitude to the use of things, clothes, and more. You can bring here clothes and shoes for all ages, accessories (bags, belts, jewellery), books, as well as vinyl records. The organizers sell all this and the funds received are donated to charity. You can donate things to charity at the following addresses: 3 Lypynskyi Street and 15 Malopidvalna Street.

Laska Charity Shop

3 Lipinsky st., Kyiv

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Laska Charity Shop

15 Malopidvalna str.

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In 2015, the environmental initiative No Waste Ukraine began its volunteer work. Boys and girls from this organization create public rubbish sorting stations. Just imagine, they even have a courier service that can pick up recyclables and plastic for their sorting station, and their services can be ordered for a corporate event where they can help sort the rubbish properly. "No Waste Ukraine" also conducts educational events and excursions for all comers to the rubbish sorting station.

The Vsi Svoi project, which I told you about in the “I am a pragmatist” section, has also joined the eco-conscious consumers' community. In the markets that regularly take place on 12 Desyatynna Street and in shops on Khreshchatyk Street, they have installed containers for sorting rubbish. In the Vsi Svoi store you can buy a shopping bag with the witty slogan "To hell with the package!".

Vsi svoyi

27 Khreshchatyk St

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And finally, Ray Bradbury's quote comes to mind again: "Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore". Consume responsibly!

Yours faithfully, Kyiv.

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