Hello friends! I know I haven’t been very active on this blog and there is a good reason for that. Between my daughter’s food allergy treatment program which has us flying to California every 3 months and me still writing my dissertation, it’s hard to find time to write here. One thing that I do make time for is trying to live more sustainably which I share on my instagram page. That journey has led me down many paths and projects and I’m excited to be sharing this one with you. I started Low Waste Eid three years ago as a way to showcase and encourage a slower, more conscientious approach to celebrating Eid; an approach that is part of the ethos of our faith. Each year I am awed by the creativity and thoughtfulness of the contributors and this year is no exception. As you will come to see, it is perfectly possible to decorate and gift in a socially responsible way. All you need is a bit of imagination and resourcefulness. I am looking forward to writing more consistently about my low waste journey when life gets a little less chaotic but in the meantime, you can download the ebook guide full of low waste gift ideas and decor below.
Eid is just around the corner and we are back with another volume of Low Waste Eid. This is something I really enjoy putting together because I truly believe it’s important to rethink our holiday traditions in light of the climate crisis. Foil balloons, wrapping paper, and shiny toys for Eid are all nice on the surface but what happens when we are done with these things. Where do they go? Out of sight, out of mind is not an ethically justifiable position. Change takes time and while perfection is not possible, we must start somewhere. I hope this guide will be a source of inspiration to take that step. I hope you’ll see that Eid can be just as festive and special when we lessen our impact by making or upcycling gifts and decor. If you decide to make something from the guide or are inspired to create something from what you have on hand, please share and use the hashtag #lowwasteeid. I’ll be sharing your creations on my instagram as we get closer to Eid.
Hello friends! It’s been a minute since I’ve written a post on this blog. I’ll spare you all the boring details but since last Ramadan, we’ve added a third baby to our family, Sufi graduated with his MBA, and we flipped another house. I’m still trying to finish my dissertation while juggling life with three kids during a pandemic. As you can see we have our hands full! But as many of you know, blogging is my creative outlet and absolutely necessary for my mental health so I’ve made some time to do something I enjoy while creating a resource for you to help you make Eid 2020 special as sustainably as possible.
Low Waste Eid is a compilation of beautiful and thoughtful gifts from a diverse group of talented Muslim bloggers. The emphasis is on minimizing waste and getting creative by using what you have around your home. These days, it’s easy to get caught up in the consumerist impulse even when it comes to Muslim holidays but given the devastating effects materialism has on the environment, human rights, and our spiritual health (among many other things) it’s time we rethink how we consume. Even if you purchase the majority of your gifts, I hope you’ll attempt to make one of these low-waste gifts from our guide. Every journey begins with one step and there’s never a better time than now to take a step towards living more sustainably.