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Choose Sustainable this Ramadan

Choose Sustainable this Ramadan

This Ramadan, say yes and choose to be sustainable

Sustainability might seem like a large goal that requires big changes. The truth is: if we all made small sustainable choices, it could change the world. We tell you how.

We have set an ambitious goal for ourselves of reaching net-zero Carbon emissions by 2050. While that requires big choices to be made, we know that every small step can make the biggest difference too.

That’s why, this Ramadan, we’re focusing on small but significant choices that are more sustainable. It’s a time when the evening festivities, gift exchanges, and elaborate Iftars have the potential to become a hub of sustainable practices. We’re ready to extend our Ramadan spirit to the planet, and we hope you’ll be a part of this journey with us. To help you get going, here are some simple choices that could lead to big, positive changes.

1.Do right by the leftovers

Recycle leftovers to make a different Iftar meal the next day. The best way to store leftovers is using beeswax paper or glass boxes instead of aluminum foil/plastic boxes to keep it fresher.

2.Order in, sustainably

Recycle the food packaging from restaurant orders or only order food from restaurants that use recyclable packaging. Additionally, most food ordering apps have an option to add ‘notes’ and you can use this to request the restaurant to not send plastic cutlery with the order.

3.Go local

Buy local produce instead of imported products to prepare Iftar meals and Suhoor.

4.Plate it naturally

If you’re using disposable plates and cutlery, say no to plastic. Use only bamboo or other sustainable plates and cutlery for Iftar gatherings.

5.Make the old things count

If you have items you no longer need or use, sell them online and donate the proceeds to a charity that works on sustainability initiatives.

6.Gift nature instead of each other

Consider a different kind of gifting this Ramadan by requesting your guests to donate money towards planting trees instead of buying gifts.

7.Reuse. Refresh

There are several easy ways to reduce waste during Ramadan. One is to take reusable bags with you when you go grocery shopping to prepare Iftars. Another is to re-style old Eid outfits in a new way, and with new combinations. Or try dyeing an old Eid outfit with another colour. You could also find a tailor who can cut-up and re-stitch old clothes in a new way. If you’re renovating, you can repurpose and repaint old furniture to give them a second life instead of buying new.

8.Switch off, unplug and save

Putting the switch off and unplugging all heavy-duty devices, when not in use, is important to conserve energy. Don’t forget to switch off and completely unplug your TV, phone chargers, and laptops / monitors.

All of these are easy changes that require no major lifestyle changes or big steps. Join us on our journey towards a more sustainable Ramadan and thus, the world.