Hi there! My name is Mira Petrova and I'm a young illustrator and graphic designer who lives in Sofia, Bulgaria. For many years now, I've been occupied with thoughts and feelings about global warming and the way we, humankind, harm our planet.

I dream of living a zero-waste life, but very often I fail miserably, and it makes me 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. That's how the term "waste awareness" appeared in my life. Zero waste just sounded way too ambitious and overwhelming.

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Night Owl
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5 months ago (edited)

I love that motto. I wish all tourists were like that (and throw their garbage in garbage cans)

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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. We wanted to give people a fun and positive way to learn and share about the zero waste philosophy, free of shame and guilt. And spread the message that we can all be part of the change or inspire it in others, sometimes even with the smallest actions.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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5 months ago

Unless you get those plastic wrapped bananas from a few days ago..

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Night Owl
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5 months ago (edited)

What a tragedy ;)

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The fox characters, Mr and Miss Fox, are, of course, based on two of us. 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?

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Blakkur Sverrir
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5 months ago

Me

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Lingon
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5 months ago

I sew my clothes from people's old curtains, table cloth etc. Nobody has the same clothes as I.

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All the stories in the comics are inspired either by my personal experiences and situations that I have witnessed or overheard. Since we started publishing it, people also write in to share zero waste-related situations, ideas, and successes and I couldn't be happier and more grateful. It makes me feel like we're all part of one big community and together, we can make a difference.

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Goli Soda
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5 months ago

Me! Me!! Me!!!

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Lingon
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5 months ago

And produce as much as you can of what you use. Humans take better care of things they have done themselves.

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MADELEINE KIMBALL
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5 months ago

Cloth Bags!!

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Bobby's Girl
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5 months ago

Grandma always said, "You'll catch more flies with sugar than with vinegar." Greta is right, but her delivery needs work. She's preaching to the choir, while alienating the congregation she hopes to reach.

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Francis
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5 months ago

yes it is normal for the climate to change BUT not that fast and not that extreme!

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Peko
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5 months ago

This is very familiar

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Francis
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5 months ago

i always try to take a little plastic bag with me when i go into the woods or at the beach and collect trash that i find on my way, so i can dispose/recycle it all.

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Jordy Star
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5 months ago

Everything they told me was a lie!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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5 months ago

Holy crap!! A million bottles a minute?!?

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Firework
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5 months ago

I think cheap things are usually cruelty-free. For example, when I got a leather jacket, I got the cheapest one which was fake leather instead of an expensive one with real leather.

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Pretty Pangolin
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5 months ago

You can buy stainless steel cutlery at the thrift store for just a dollar or two. It doesn't harm the environment because it already exists - you're just re-using it. Get a couple of sets and wrap them in a cloth napkin to take with you. If they accidentally get lost/thrown out it's not a big deal.

Firework
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5 months ago

Or you can bring some you use at home to save money. There isn't much of a chance that they'll get lost.

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Colin L
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4 months ago

I bring reusable chopsticks everywhere.

Janine B.
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5 months ago

I have a tiny bag in my bag where I carry my cutlery. I even have a little spoon for ice cream and a re-useable straw in it.

Nancy R Farmiloe
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4 months ago

☺☺☺

Emma Pham
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4 months ago

dam who would take a candelabra to a food court

Kimberley Thom
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4 months ago

I love my rainbow utensil set that I keep in my purse. Along with silicone & rainbow metal straws.

It's me NOT mario
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5 months ago

but you can also say yes

LittleMissPanda
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5 months ago

Bamboo is actually also not very environment friendly as it is just a little percentage of bamboo and a lot of resin and glue which are basically plastic...

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Janine B.
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5 months ago

My carpool is called the bus. lol

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Cassie
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5 months ago

I do this with Christmas and birthday gifts. My family thought it was really weird at first and some even scoffed at me, but now my family accepts it, sometimes even welcomes it, and nobody complains about not having to throw all that paper away anymore. I use pretty bandanas or reused fabric pieces that I put away every time and the recipient can keep it if they want it.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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5 months ago

As I've said before, trees are my favorite things ever. I appreciate what they do for us and they are so beautiful! Especially in winter, I call naked trees cemetery trees.

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pusheen buttercup
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5 months ago

I get people hate ads and people don't like bills- I see no reason to have it in paper form, imo. For books, I like actual paper books, if they're for fun to read, but for everything else, just email it. Easier to sort, easier to clean up, and delete when done! No mess. Also that better for the environment thing. When they email us they ALSO send paper! I don't want to see the same thing twice, and deal with it, twice.

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XxInstantKarmaxX
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5 months ago

no it's from a building instead of it being washed our with plastic into the sea it is filtered cleaned and put into pumps like that one

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Magpie
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5 months ago

Remember the big chain shops employ teams of psychologists to make us buy more. Try taking a list - and a pen. As you shop write the prices on the list. Add them up as you go along. Repeat the first sentence to yourself as you shop.

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Magpie
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5 months ago

Also check if you really have to wash that item. If we only wore it for a few hours, it could well be fine to wear again.

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C
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5 months ago

As long as it's not a paper straw. Those are the WORST

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Pillowhead
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5 months ago

Last year I put my small Rosemary in the living room as my Christmas tree

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Goli Soda
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5 months ago

Need to find the balance between the two. Cannot choose one over the other.

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Iris
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5 months ago

I see Trump with the idiot hairdo's silhouette.

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Elif Kertenkeleyiyengil
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5 months ago

Silk is murder...

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Goli Soda
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5 months ago

LOL!

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That one marvel fan
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5 months ago

Yeas they do I am Recycling cans and bottles to fundraise for my 8 grade trip and i am almost halfway there!

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Firework
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5 months ago

According to my chemistry teacher anything will work as long as it's an alkali so it can neutralise the acid. And then breath mints do the rest.

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