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GreenIftar Campaign

why GreenIftar?
Your Iftar....A part of the solution or the problem?
Ramadan is also a month that focuses on community. After the sun sets, Muslims break their fast and often gather with family, friends, or their community to do so.

Depending on the number of guests, disposable dishes and cutlery made of Styrofoam or plastic are commonly used. Drinks come from aluminum cans, PET bottles or disposable cups. In addition to this waste, often too much cooking has been done; after all, if you shop and cook while hungry, miscalculations are made. Sadly, this unwanted food is often thrown away and thus excessive food waste becomes an additional problem.

Within 30 days, Iftars in 2750 mosques produce about 480 million kg of plastic waste, which is about 3.5% of Germany’s annual waste. So Muslims produce more plastic waste in Ramadan than in any other month of the year! But how long does it take, for example, for a plastic bottle to completely decompose in the environment? Up to 450 years! In addition, there are about 8.25 million iftar dishes, which are often prepared with food from unsustainable cultivation, as well as a lot of packaging material and long transport routes, consequently harming our environment.

How can all this environmental pollution and food wastage possibly be in line with spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship during Ramadan? How can we host iftars that cause more harm than good for Allah’s creation?

This Ramadan, let us make sustainable and effective fast-breaking choices that are in line with Islamic ethics. As mindful Muslims, we strive for the best, the best for ourselves, for society and for our environment.

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