The Ramadan season is a known culprit for food waste. Ironic, isn’t it? During Ramadan, people tend to buy more than their normal requirements for self-consumption as well as for their guests. The easiest way to reduce food waste is to not buy excess food in the first place! Before heading out to the grocery store, do a pantry list of items you need and commit to the list. This is to make sure you are not doubling up on ingredients you already have on hand.
Furthermore, not finishing or throwing away food should be reduced drastically as it contributes to filling up our landfills. Not only do we deprive food for the ones in need, but it also depletes our resources and promotes environmental degradation. In fact, Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) has reported that 270,000 tonnes of food contribute to landfill space during the Ramadan month, which could possibly feed 180 million people. So, savour what’s left on your plate or in your fridge, have smaller portions and avoid overloading your plate with food.
Regarding leftovers, it can be managed in a way that further diminishes waste. Sharing leftover food with family, friends, neighbours, the visitors at your local mosque or putting them in the fridge/freezer to preheat it for the next meal can definitely help curb this problem. Better yet, learn how to compost your leftovers and food scraps! Composting food scraps can reduce the negative impacts of landfills and can also be used as a natural fertiliser to help grow plants in your garden.
If needed, you can also donate unused food to your local food bank. Check out The Lost Food Project and Grub Cycle.