During Ramadan, people may be more consumptive at iftar or suhoor meals in terms of their food portion, which leads to excess food waste by the tonnes.
According to Bantargebang Integrated Waste Tretment Site (TPST), food wastes distributed to the dumpsite increased by 10 percent during every Ramadan season. At the first day of fasting, the treatment site has reported an additional 864 tonnes of waste daily 6,000 to 8,000 tonnes per day. Most of these are food and packaging waste.
Jakartan families usually prepare extra variety of menu during Ramadan. The lifestyle of having iftar and suhoor at the restaurant also increases waste coming from leftover meal as well as packaging. The rising trend of food delivery through mobile app further adds to the piling volume of personal waste. In Indonesia, Ramadan festivities often become an extravagant affair where an excess of food could escalate the waste level due to commercialism such as pop-up market, takjil sold as street food, and Ramadan festivals.
Online platform for sustainable products, Sustaination, has collaborated with other community and social enterprises such as Saya Pilih Bumi, Zero Waste Nusantara, Lindungi Hutan and Hijau in running a social media campaign using the hashtag #RamadhanHijau (Green Ramadan) to encourage people reduce organic and inorganic food wastes throughout Ramadan this year.
The #RamadhanHijau Challenge consists of a checklist to follow during Ramadan until Eid Mubarak.
- Shop with reusable bag
- Eat enough during Iftar and suhoor. Know your portion. Don’t eat too much.
- Finish your dish. Eat them all.
- Prepare your tumbler and food container for iftar.
- Avoid instant food and beverage with non-degradable packaging.
- Avoid online delivery service to purchase food for iftar and suhoor.
- Eat Takjil with natural food wrap or less packaging.
- Take away food with your own food container.
- Wrap leftover with your own food container.
- Separate your waste.
- Learn to make compost fertilizer from organic food waste.
- Dine in for iftar is better than takeaway to avoid more packaging.
- Send Ramadan hampers with less waste.
- Prefer Zakat al-Fitr with less waste.
- Wear your existing clothes or rent the clothes for Ramadan and Eid Mubarak occasion.
- Use e-ticket when you mudik (Eid Mubarak exodus). Less paper.
- Choose snacks with less waste and packaging.
- Use reusable and less-waste toiletries.
- Refillmybottle will help you to find refill stations without having to buy instant drink.
- Use carpet, reusable mat for Friday and Eid prayers.
Follow @Sustaination, @sayapilihbumi, @zerowastenusantara, @lindungihutan and @hijau_ID on instagram. Upload your daily green Ramadan acts and don’t forget to tag them. Spread the cause by tagging (at least three of your friends) and inviting others to join. Ten people will be selected at random to win a special prize, which will be given on May 31st.