Three Reasons to Stamp Out Styrofoam This Ramadan

Ramadan is approaching! Some of us are already getting ready. Our masajid are preparing to serve hundreds of believers on a nightly basis. Join the Green Ramadan effort to Stamp Out Styrofoam this Ramadan.

Here are three simple reasons why we should Stamp Out Styrofoam:

  1. Polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, contains toxic chemicals that can harm our health and reproductive systems. These chemicals can leach into our food, especially when used in the microwave.
  2. Styrofoam is not accepted in most recycling programs and so ends up in our local landfill, adds to the huge litter problem, or ends up in the bellies of land and sea animals.
  3. Sure, it’s cheap, but that cheap, single-use cup, plate or bowl takes hundreds of years to biodegrade, if ever. We want our good deeds to last forever, not our iftar plates.

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Share this flyer with your masjid leadership and ask them to choose a healthier alternative this Ramadan. When you’re buying something for your iftar at home, forget the polystyrene foam, and use reusable dinnerware or a recyclable paper or plastic alternative. Join Green Ramadan in an effort to STAMP OUT STYROFOAM at home, at the masjid, at every iftar inshaAllah.

10 Ways to Green Your Ramadan: Make the CF Light Bulb Change

600-01037305#10 Make the CF Light Bulb Change. Typically during Ramadan we spend a lot more time at our local masajid/mosques or community centers. Donate a compact florescent light bulb to your local masjid or community center so when we burn the midnight oil for those long tarawih prayers or spend those blessed nights in worship, we are using less energy and saving money.

Wherever you find yourself having iftar this Ramadan share with others, through words and actions, how Green Ramadans are better for our planet. Have a goal of making each iftar a zero-waste event.

10 Ways to Green Your Ramadan: Clean Green

greenSprayBottle#8 Clean Up Green. Use biodegradable cleaning products to wash tableware and napkins and for general cleanup of tables and counters, or make your own from common household products like vinegar and baking soda. For whatever trash you do have — hopefully not much — use biodegradable trash bags. When we use environmentally friendly cleaning products our indoor environment is less toxic and fewer hazardous chemicals are released into the air and waste water streams.

Wherever you find yourself having iftar this Ramadan share with others, through words and actions, how Green Ramadans are better for our planet. Have a goal of making each iftar a zero-waste event.