Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, is a time for all Muslim communities to reflect and acknowledge the value of food, health and other natural resources.
One of the main aspects of Ramadan is the month-long fast from dusk to dawn. At sunset, followers are allowed to break their fast and have an Iftar (the evening meal), where tables are often decorated with a diverse range of cuisines.
One of the purposes of fasting is for the observer to experience and empathise with the less fortunate; those who go days without food. However, at the same time there is growing concern about the enormous amount of food waste during Ramadan.
Together during this holy month we will make a difference by exploring a different theme every week:
Farhana, our Education and Engagement Officer, will be celebrating Ramadan this year and will be keeping a record of her own food waste. Take the initiative with her to explore different ways to reduce our food waste and make a positive change in our homes.
Food Waste Facts*
UK households waste 6.5 million tonnes of food every year, 4.5 million of which is edible.
4.5 million tonnes is enough to fill 38 million wheelie bins, or 90 Royal Albert Halls.
Potatoes are the no. 1 most wasted food in the UK, 5.8 million whole potatoes are thrown away by UK households every year.
The average family of four can save over £60 per month by reducing their food waste!
*Information from LoveFoodHateWaste
Due to COVID 19, Ramadan will look very different for Muslim communities. It is important to remain following social distancing guidelines, for more guidance around Ramadan during this difficult time, please visit The Muslim Council of Britain.