The Islamic Institute of Toronto has gone green during the month of Ramadan by cutting back on its consumption of single-use plastic.
Waste Free Ramadan is an initiative that bans plastic water bottles from being used or distributed at the mosque. Instead, worshippers are encouraged to bring reusable bottles, which they can refill at various water coolers and dispensers located throughout the building.
According to a report, at least 25,000 plastic water bottles are used at the mosque during this month. So, Waste Free Ramadan is a way to reduce its carbon footprint.
This is only the first step in a larger campaign for the Islamic Institute, which hopes to ban single-use plastic entirely.
The next step is to serve meals in biodegradable food containers all year round.
In doing this, the mosque leadership hopes their policies will encourage their congregation to be more cognizant of their plastic use in their own households as well.
The trend of going green is happening in the United Kingdom as well. Mosques across the UK are opting for a plastic-free Ramadan this year.
Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, said, “As Muslims fast in Ramadan to be closer to God, it is important be mindful of His creation and care for the environment when we are facing global warming. We’re glad therefore that many mosques are leading the way by banning plastics at mosques. We hope many more will get involved and ensure their congregations opt for an eco-friendly approach. We all must play our part in protecting the Earth.”
Green Lane Masjid in Birmingham is going green by banning plastic water bottles, instead introducing drinking water fountains and branded re-usable water bottles.
Perhaps in the years to come more mosques across Canada will opt to go green and help save the planet one water bottle at a time. -CINEWS