They are the center of her life, and the starting point of her activism. It started with the small things, as a way of entertaining her two kids. As a single mother of two children, with a low income, it's hard to make ends meet even in Ukraine. Going to the cinema or an amusement park on the weekends could easily cost 200 to 300 hvryvnia, an extravagant expense that is simply unaffordable for her.
So the Lviv City Eco Naturalistic Centre became their go-to weekend activity. Entry here is free for all, and at the small petting zoo the children can play with ponies, lamas, ostriches, crocodiles, snakes, parrots, and a wide variety of other animals. Going to the centre every weekend opened Natalias eyes up to the amount of organic waste that she carelessly threw away everyday.
"When you take a cabbage head and start cutting it, and there are leaves on the outside that you won't eat, because they are dirty. This is just a part of people's everyday practice. Leaves, rolls, and potato peels, we throw them away. So we started collecting everything we could get our hands on, and found that it was valuable."