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How environmental trends changed life during the years of independence

Katerina Belousova

Ukrainians increasingly prefer electric cars, bicycles or scooters

In Ukraine, during the 31 years of independence, many things have changed people's lives – from family life to national consciousness, including environmental trends.

Some of them made life much easier, but caused negative consequences for the environment, reports Vikna.

Disposable tableware

Disposable dishes, containers, and bags have greatly facilitated the life of Ukrainians. So, for a picnic in nature, you don't need ordinary forks and plates, and disposable dishes can simply be thrown away after the holiday.

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Currently, it is difficult for Ukrainians to imagine life even without single-use plastic bags.

However the package will live in the soil, in a landfill or in water for a long time, forming persistent pollution.

Eco-products

The article noted that disposable items greatly simplified life, but had a negative impact on the environment. So after several dozen years people's consciousness changed.

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More and more people prefer reusable eco-bags, take coffee in their mugs or use reusable items.

"Ukrainians are starting to sort garbage and recycle waste. Such responsibility of citizens is only pleasing, although we still have a lot to learn from our European neighbors," the article noted.

Electric cars

Ukrainians increasingly prefer electric cars, bicycles or scooters, which protects the environment and saves money.

A significant demand for them appeared in the spring of 2022, because there was a shortage of gasoline in the country, and fuel prices rose significantly.

Solar panels

Ukraine is mastering alternative sources of energy, in particular solar.

Although their cost is not cheap, the investment can pay off in just a few years. Green energy can also be sold to the state. People install solar panels on their houses.

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Now you can see solar panels in parks and squares and charge your phone from them. And power banks and powerful generators on solar panels provide the soldiers with the necessary energy.

E-books

Gradually, people are switching to e-books. This protects the environment, because significantly fewer trees will have to be cut down, and saves money - the electronic version is cheaper.

In addition, one such device can be loaded with several dozen books at the same time and carried anywhere and read even in the dark.

As EcoPolitic reported before, in Lviv, the public organization Zero Waste Lviv continues its work in war conditions to reduce the amount of single-use plastic, minimize waste, promote reusable items, sorting, composting, recycling, etc.

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