Eid Al-Adha is around the corner (July 9), bringing with it family gatherings, introductions to uncles you’ve never met before, and an inhumanly amount of food prepared by overly-excited mothers eager to celebrate the Islamic holiday with their loved ones.
The festivity marks the remembering of one of Prophet Ibrahim’s main trials but it is also unfortunately now known for having quite an impact on our blue planet. Averda, a leading end-to-end waste management company in emerging markets, reported having collected 1,455 tons of waste in Oman over the three days over the initial Eid weekend. In Morocco, they gathered around 15,000 tons of waste in the exact same period of time.
“Eid Al-Adha is an important time of year – yet it also creates a serious challenge for some municipalities during the celebratory period. The amount of sacrificial waste in these areas increases exponentially year on year and can put real pressure on the municipal system,” said Malek Sukkar, CEO of Averda.
For this reason, this year, we’re thinking of doing things a bit differently and set a better example for future generations. So, here are four tips to have an eco-friendly Eid Al-Adha.
We all know you miss food from the bled but the ecological impact of shipping all of these products really makes you wonder whether it’s worth it or not —I’m sure you can wait a wee bit before getting your hands on some treats from the bled.
Don’t waste food
Tell yemma to not overdo it this year for once. You know how they are, it’s supposed be a wholesome meal shared between family, not a banquet that could feed the whole city. Keep it simple, there’s really no need to have THAT amount of Tupperwares the day after.
(If advice number two is forgotten) Share What’s Left
It’s the day after Eid and you’ve put on a solid five kilos. You open the fridge and it’s basically overflowing with leftovers of last night’s dinner. For the sake of your diet and the planet, hand them over to family, friends, or those in need—The holiday is all about giving back after all.
Tone Down the Presents
No, your baby cousin doesn’t need a fifth set of Hotwheel toys. Instead, opt for something that’s sustainable, functional, and actually needed. It doesn’t have to be boring, and if you can’t find anything worthwhile, consider a DIY approach. You’ll have fun and it will be much more appreciated by whoever is on the receiving end. Remember: it’s a spiritual day not sale season.