This Artist Illustrated The Struggles She Faces While Trying To Live A Zero-Waste Life (31 Pics)
Mira Petrova is a Bulgarian artist who is doing her best to live a zero-waste life. However, living waste-free is harder than you might think and the artist likes to illustrate her struggles in a webcomic titled Waste Aware Animals.
The artist says that even though she dreams of living a zero-waste life, she often ends up failing miserably which makes her feel sad and discouraged. “The simple truth is—zero waste living can be hard! But I realized the following: the more I become “aware” of what I buy and what alternatives I have, the more conscious I become; my decision-making process changes and with that, the amount of waste I produce,” writes Mira. “That’s how the term “waste awareness” appeared in my life. Zero waste just sounded way too ambitious and overwhelming.”
“So with that new approach to the subject, I started creating this comic strip (with the inspirational help of my super supportive boyfriend). We decided to call it Waste Aware Animals,” says Mira. The artist says they wanted to give people a fun and positive way to learn and share about the zero waste philosophy, free of shame and guilt, while also spreading the message that all of us can be part of the change or inspire it in others.
“The fox characters, Mr and Miss Fox, are, of course, based on two of us,” explained the artist. “As for why the characters are all animals (even though they live in the big city and face all the everyday life problems that we do), well, who could possibly be a better inspiration for sustainable living than the animals? And also—who could be cuter?”
Mira says that all of the comics are inspired by her own personal experiences or the situations she has witnessed. Ever since Mira and her boyfriend started publishing the comic, people started contacting her and sharing their own zero waste-related situations, ideas and success stories. The artist says she feels grateful and couldn’t be happier. “It makes me feel like we’re all part of one big community and together, we can make a difference,” concluded Mira.
Check out more Waste Aware Animals comics below!