MSA Green Week: Tuesday, Feb. 12th

Welcome to day two of MSA’s Green Week! Our challenge today, adapted from the No Impact Week guide by Green Muslims DC, is called “No Waste.” The plan is evident from the title: try generating zero waste today. Find ways to reuse or recycle anything that would otherwise go to waste, including items that normally go into trash cans. The idea is to get your creative juices flowing as you think of ways to keep items in use for as long as you can. No matter how much you can reduce your waste by, remember to collect your recyclables and bring them to 4448 East Hall this Thursday!

To help keep you motivated, here’s an Islamic inspiration. Later, we’ll post some facts we can all use to think about our consumption habits.

“But waste not in excess: for Allah loveth not the wasters” (6:141), (7:31).

Green Muslims Presents: BYOP Iftar

Assalamu Alaikum,

“O Children of Adam! Wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer: eat and drink: But waste not by excess, for Allah loveth not the wasters.” - 

- (Quran 31:5)

Please join us for the last MSA iftar of the summer this Thursday at 8:40pm in Rackham. There will be deliciously catered free food as usual, but here’s the catch- your ticket to this iftar is the plate you bring!
 
As you may know, Green Muslims was just launched as a long-term, comprehensive MSA project. In an effort to steadily build our way to becoming a more ethical and environmentally conscious community, we hope to start right away by taking small steps to reduce our waste. At this iftar, please bring a reusable plate with you and we’ll provide biodegradable cups and utensils. In addition, we’ll have recycling bins, composts bins and tupperware so that nothing goes to waste.
 
Asking you to bring your own plate to a campus event might sound absurd, but what’s really absurd is that Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups, plates, forks and spoons every year to circle the equator 300 times. Unlike most other kinds of paper materials, paper plates that are contaminated with food residue aren’t usually recyclable and often end up in landfills. Currently, plastic accounts for approximately 10-12% of all generated waste, most of which is landfilled. Simply dumping plastics in landfills does not solve the problem- the chemicals in these plastic materials often sink into nearby land and contaminate our ground water, making it toxic and hazardous to the ground water community’s biodiversity. 
 

In a groundbreaking report called “Plastics, the environment and human health,” by the scientific journal, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Science, the lead editor of the report, Richard Thompson, concluded that plastics, if used wisely, “have the potential to reduce mankind’s footprint on the Earth.”

In the long run, we hope to always hold zero-trash events so that doing so becomes intuitive, but it takes practice and learning to get there. We can start with small steps now so that we can reach this goal in the near future, inshaAllah. So please do your part and bring a plate to this iftar! And don’t worry- we’ll be happy to wash them for you after dinner so that you can take it home clean! If you feel like any of these ideas could work in your own community or at your hometown mosque, feel free to take it there, too!

Go Blue. Live Green.

The Green Muslims Team

Have any tips for cutting down during Ramadan? Feel free to share them by adding your comments below!