skaityti lietuviškai

The strongest governments on earth cannot clean up pollution by themselves. They must rely on each ordinary person, like you and me, on our choices, and on our will.

Chai Jing, journalist & environmental activist

Eco Panther in Press

  • Journal “HAPPY365” / @HAPPY365mag / From Rubbish to Art, p. 120-123, 2022 summer. HAPPY 365 – magazine of life stories about happy people. Happy in riches and in poverty. In glory and underground. In Lithuania and far from it.
  • Newspaper “370” / @zurnalas.370 / The Spell of (Al)Chemistry: How to Turn Trash into Art. Aug 10, 2022. The newspaper 370 writes about what others avoid and fear. Fashion, music, theater, literature, art, photography, new technologies and other topics relevant to a young, curious and cultured citizen.
  • Journal “Moteris” / @moterismagazine / Nobody’s Rubbish in Nature, p. 152-157, Aug 2022. “Moteris” is the largest monthly culture and lifestyle magazine in Lithuania. Published since 1920.
  • Journal “Pašvaistė” / @pasvaiste / Reductio ad absurdum ekosystems, p. 39-41. 2022(4). Journal “Pašvaistė” is a cultural life magazine for young people.

Photography exhibition at the Parliament of Lithuanian Republic

An exhibition of photographs “Raise or Leave: Nobody’s Garbage in Nature” was opened in the exhibition gallery of the Seimas (Parliament) III Palace on June 7, 2022, on the initiative of Kasparas Adomaitis, a member of the Seimas Environmental Protection Committee.

Authors of the exhibited works: doctor of chemical sciences, pharmacist, dr. Alisa Palavenis, and a young scientist, Ambassador of the Climate Pact Rasa Tumaševičiūtė.

“This is not my garbage, but this is my planet.” Alisa and her husband collect rubbish on the Lithuanian and Polish coasts and the shores of lakes and rivers for three years. Rasa participates in the “For a Clean Lithuania” march and other environmental cleaning campaigns.

Rubbish collection in nature still seems an awkward or even shameful activity for many of us. To challenge established bad practices, the authors seek to encourage people not to close their eyes and lift even that rubbish in their path when they notice it. People should not get used to and tolerate rubbish mess in their environment. We cannot accept rubbish as an integral part of nature and wait for someone else to take care of it. More importantly, we need to reduce waste, and foster a reusable culture and habits.

Sponsor of the exhibition of photography works by Alisa Palavenis is UAB Innovative Pharma Baltics.

About the book “Rubbish Paradise”

Rubbish Paradise” is a book about rubbish I found on the beaches, photographed it, and later collected to put into the garbage bins.

Me and my husband are eco-activists, a young couple who loves and respects Nature. We collect plastic and other human-made rubbish from Nature areas in the Baltic Sea region since 2012.

Generally, people tend not to set eyes on rubbish in Nature, because “seeing” can require their efforts to get out of the imaginary comfort zone. Pity, but collecting rubbish, or even picking up one rubbish piece, still looks like a forbidden activity for most of us.

I’d like to ignite that established, “legitimate” indifference to Nature, crowned by the naïve slogan “It’s not my rubbish!”

The author noticed what others don’t even see. She showed how Nature makes peculiar works of art, sometimes even masterpieces, from currently existing, but uncharacteristic to Nature tools, from human waste. As if raped but remaining noble, this is how our Nature is portrayed.

Remigijus Kriukas, Lithuanian contemporary fine art glass artist

Our goal is to raise the viewer’s curiosity and attention by presenting a kind of beautiful, colorful, compositional photographs and, therefore, draw the viewer’s attention to the eco-catastrophe. Impressed, he gets closer to admire it, and here is the moment of confrontation: wait, it is rubbish! …


All the rubbish photographed for the book “Rubbish Paradise” and for this website was further collected and taken to the nearest garbage bins.

rubbish places on map

Places on the map (Poland and Lithuania) where rubbish was collected numerous times during 2020 – 2022

The toxins we create increase drastically, destroying not only nature and the oceans, but also us, humans. Each page of this book sincerely shouts that it is time to wake up, to hear and to see – what kind of steps we leave behind.

Simona Urr, Dr. in Chemistry, researcher of solar panels

How can I contribute?

Living in the times of a hustle culture, we usually have no time for anything, we have no time for the life itself. Thus, our noble goals and inner vocation get lost between daily tasks and responsibilities. But listen, just pick up that one rubbish!

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Innovative Pharma Baltics, Carmen Huster, K. Kratz, Donatas San, Tomas Zalandauskas, Alpen Pharma Lithuania, Jens Janicke


This is not my garbage, but this is my Planet

Summer vibes 2020

Photographié c’est une chose mais s’en débarrasser en n’est une autre et tu as su faire les deux!! Bravo à toi pour cela et merci!

David DAVID, contemporary French artist, painter, sculptor and plastic artist



I see that the areas of wild beaches which we have cleaned in spring 2021 are getting polluted again by mid-July. It is a rubbish paradise, and the only way not to give up is to continue the mission…

Dr. Alisa Palatronis

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