Captured on a chilly November morning in 2021, this image features a yurt in the heart of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The nomad yurt serves as an eco-friendly and sustainable housing option, particularly for those who embrace a nomadic lifestyle. Crafted from locally sourced, natural materials like wood and felt, yurts are designed to be lightweight, easily transportable, and adaptable to various climates. Although this particular yurt in the photo is not used for its intended purpose, it is reminiscent of more sustainable forms of housing than high-rise residential areas.

Yurt’s circular shape promotes efficient heat distribution, while the minimalistic design reduces overall material consumption. By offering a low-impact, resource-conscious alternative to conventional housing, yurts exemplify sustainable living in harmony with the environment. This photo was taken in October 2020 in the Jal district of Bishkek.

On this and next photos you see traditional Kyrgyz home decorations (November 2021, Chong-Alay, Kyrgyzstan). Traditional production methods often prioritize efficient use of resources, resulting in minimal waste generation. These techniques typically rely on local, natural materials and manual labor, rather than energy-intensive machinery or synthetic substances.

Traditional production maximizes the potential of available resources and recycles waste materials back into the production cycle. This approach not only reduces waste but also fosters a deeper connection to the environment and encourages the conservation of resources for future generations.

Ustukan – Kyrgyz national food hierarchy, the traditional Kyrgyz practice of meat distribution. Depending on age, honor, various ustukans are served to the guests. Ustukan can be seen as an example of sustainability within a cultural context. By dividing and sharing the meat of a slaughtered animal among guests and community members, the practice ensures that no part of the animal goes to waste, thus, promoting a mindful use of resources. This photo was taken in December 2021 in the National Fine Arts Museum in Bishkek.