4 What can you do to organise a #PlasticFreeIftar

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Step 1 – Make an assessment of the plastics that would be used when holding an iftar. At this early stage you might be really surprised just how much plastic is involved.

You should start with the most obvious uses (primary). That is, the plastics you might use for the meal itself e.g. plates, drinking vessels and cutlery. You could then think of plastics used in the less obvious, behind the scenes, aspects of the meal (secondary) e.g. the packaging of the food and/or its ingredients.

The primary sources are the most important to your message as these are the visible differences people can see. This is your way to demonstrate that a plastic iftar is possible and that one can break one’s fast with others in a way that follows the example of the Prophet (PBUH).

Secondary sources allow you to widen the impact of your campaign by giving you further examples that you can talk to guests about.

Step 2 – Think of alternatives to the plastics currently used. The ideal is to try find alternatives that will eliminate the use of plastics all together. However, you might not be able to find an alternative. The next best thing would be to reduce the amount of plastics used. For example, you could avoid single use plastics where once used they are thrown away.  Plastics that can be reused are a better alternative.

The table below gives some ideas on plastics that might be used for an iftar and what alternatives could be used or what plastics could better be used.

Step 3 – Make sure you keep a note of ways in which you have avoided plastic use in your iftar so that you can present this to your guests. Keep a record of the event so that you can share it and encourage others to do the same.

Ideas for a #PlasticFreeIftar

 

Possible use of plastics (Primary)Alternatives
Plastic CutleryReusable cutlery (Can be washed up)
Biodegradable* cutlery. e.g wooden
Forego cutlery (use traditional ‘finger food’ method
Ask guests to bring their own that can be taken home.
Plastic Plates / food containersReusable plates (Can be washed up)
Biodegradable plates and food containers (paper or bioplastic)
Reduce the amount of plates by using large traditional communal reusable plates.Ask guests to bring their own that can be taken home.
CupsReusable cups (Can be washed up)
Biodegradable cups
Ask guests to bring their own that can be taken home.
Floor coveringReusable floor covering that can be cleaned
Biodegradable floor covering
Drink bottlesProvide water in communal jugs from a local clean water source. If bottled water is the only alternative use the largest containers available and decant into reusable jugs and or cups.
Possible use of Plastics (Secondary)Alternatives
Food PackagingSource suppliers who can provide ingredients in reusable or biodegradable packing

Biodegradable* – before using biodegradable alternatives make sure you have the infrastructure to compost your waste

Where you can’t eliminate plastics in your iftar, try to reduce it as much as you can.  This will give you something to talk about to guests and perhaps can be a starting point of a debate on how reliant we have become on plastics and to discuss ways of finding alternatives. Where plastics cannot be eliminated then try to use plastics that can be reused or recycled successfully.


♻ A note on Recycling ♻

Recycled/Recycling plastics: Whilst much is made about recycling, the reality is that plastics do not generally recycle well. Currently 91% of plastic produced is not recycled (National Geographic). For this reason recycling plastic or using recycled plastics are not especially useful ways of combating plastic waste. The recycling of plastics uses more fossil fuel (impacting climate change) and can be seen as shifting the problem elsewhere much like “brushing it under the carpet”. So, for the purposes of this project recycled and recycling plastic will not be included as an option.

Where you can’t eliminate plastics in your iftar, try to reduce it as much as you can. This will give you something to talk about to guests and perhaps can be a starting point of a debate on how reliant we have become on plastics and to discuss ways of finding alternatives. Where plastics cannot be eliminated then try to use plastics that can be reused or recycled successfully.


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