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.

Skip the Styrofoam

styrofoamTakeOutWe see polystyrene (commonly known as styrofoam) all the time when we get carry-out,
but the plates and cups are all too common at Ramadan iftars, too.

Your masjid probably provides styrofoam carry-out containers for you to bring home leftovers from the iftar.

You’ll likely let that delicious food sit in the styrofoam container during tarawih prayer, put it in the fridge over night, then heat it up in the microwave for sahoor.

STOP THAT!

Here are three excellent reasons to skip the styrofoam:

  1. Polystyrene is made from petroleum which is a non-renewable resource.
  2. Polystyrene takes eons to break down in the environment.
  3. Polystyrene can release potentially toxic products, especially when heated.

Make the habit this Ramadan of not using whatever is available, and then mindfully choose reusable and/or recyclable products that are good for the environment and your health.

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.