Giving that Ramadan is the month of blessings, we should proactively think of one blessing that is far too little thought about: our beautiful Planet Earth. We all know we are living in a time where environmental crises have reached an unprecedented level in human history. But let’s not talk about it, but do something!
Here’s the plan: a #ZeroWasteIftarChallenge2019! Whoop whoop!!
How does it work:
Plan your meal
Think of healthy dishes you can cook with ingredients you can purchase loose and without ANY packaging- no paper, no glass (except for those you can return or reuse), no aluminium cans, and of course no plastic. Also don’t prepare too much food- food waste is the worse waste and simple goes against the spirit of Ramadan!! (and let’s be honest- most of us can’t move after dates and soup!)
Prepare for shopping
Make a list of what you need to buy. Prepare containers, tupper, jars, tanks etc. for smaller things like olives, dates, cheese and meat; cloth bags for mushrooms, grains, lentils… Put it all in a big shopping tote and
Quality over quantity (remember the after-dates-and-soup-feeling!)
Try to use least amount of energy and water – you can use the same boiling water for several dishes. Meanwhile enjoy your favorite Holy Qur’an recording.
Bismillah and bon appetit
Don’t offer single use dishes or paper towels. Your favorite people will hit the bathroom when hands are dirty.
Spread the word
Make a picture of the trash you made OR your fingers making a zero, copy-paste this text, post it on social media with the hashtag #ZeroWasteIftarChallenge2019 and tag at least three people you want to challenge!
Let’s have a clean, green and trash-free Ramadan!
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