Ljubljana – The Lonely Planet has compiled a list of the world’s eight most sustainable cities, among them Ljubljana. The capital is praised for being liveable, “extremely clean and increasingly green”. The list also includes Copenhagen, Portland, Singapore, Lisbon, Bengaluru, Vancouver and San Francisco.
The article notes that Ljubljana was the first European city to commit to a zero-waste goal. Moreover, it says that over 10 hectares of the city centre are pedestrianized.
Listing Ljubljana’s advantages the Lonely Planet also says that new “cutting-edge waste management systems mean the city sends 80% less waste to landfill than it did in 2008 – with the goal to reduce that to just 60kg per person per year by 2025.”
What is more, waste management company Voka Snaga “even operates a zero-waste vending machine that sells organic cleaning products, shampoos, vinegar and oil to customers who bring their own reusable packaging, while Rifuzl expands the offering in a bricks and mortar store”.
After a tough year for Ljubljana’s tourism sector, the city says that articles like this one in the Lonely Planet and the coronavirus vaccine bring hope that the sector will begin to recover, especially if the media praise what is most important to guests in the wake of the pandemic: care for the environment, cleanliness and a sense of security.