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Tuesday, 17 April 2007


Umber Malik

Masha'Allah what an excellent post! I thoroughly enjoyed reading that post soooo much alhamdulillah! If you dont mind I may actually send it round as an email also! I checked out that recycle your old jeans site it looks so cool and I think I may have to give it a try! Subhana'Allah just today I thought to myself that I had wanted to get some sandals just like those! Jazaka'Allahu khayr!

Abū Ilyās

I think I'd feel guilty spending £45 on a pair of sandals though (I could probably buy 9 pairs for the price) but it's a clever idea nonetheless.

One extremely wasteful practice that I've noticed in Saudi Arabia is when a person goes to the masjid for salah, or shopping in the local baqalah, and leaves his car with the engine running (I assume they lock the doors though) for the entire 10-15 minutes that they're away from it. This is so that upon returning their vehicle is still suitably cool from the AC.

I think it's illegal in the UK to leave a car unattended with the ignition on but it seems a widespread practice over here.

I wonder how much harm to the environment/waste of resources happens per salah in KSA from this cultural anomaly?

ARGcomment: hmmm...it sure is hot there though! I do feel a little bit sypathetic. Perhaps better shaded parking areas would help reduce such waste.
As for the shoes, I'm sure these are quality shoes, and you'll have the added benefit of being assured that they have NOT been put together in some sweatshop by a thirteen year old kid working fourteen hours for barely enough money to feed herself and the child she's pregnant with after being forced into sex by the manager....cheep goods come at price! Try not feel guilty about that next time you put on your I got these for a couple of quid sandles. That is definitely a post in the making!

Abū Ilyās

Good point, I hadn't thought of that.

M. S. M. Saifullah

There are some things which I would like to add. Firstly, the issue of leaving the car running on a hot summer day for going for salah.... well, it takes more energy to cool the superhot interiors of a car than to cool the car continuously. In the latter case, the thermostat will regulate the temperature. One can use similar principle in heating the houses in the UK during winters.

Secondly, the world was more eco-friendly about 20+ years ago when I was a kid. For example, the stationary was expensive then. We used to reuse the unused sheets of paper in a notebook by making a notebook out of it and use it for taking notes and doing home work. All it required was a nail, hammer, a strong needle and a thick thread. When the unused sheets of paper were torn neatly from various used note books, they were roughly divided into sets of 200 pages. After arranging them neatly, a hammer and a nail was used make three holes through roughly at 1/4th distance from the top and each other. The thick thread was passed through it once and tightly knotted after going through all the holes. A thick paper was pasted to hide the knot and it served as the cover. Viola! there is a notebook to serve you for another academic year.

Thirdly, we often forget that the rise of the age of excess and access to cheap goods came with the advent of shifting of manufacturing jobs to China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, etc. Here everything could be made so cheaply that it would take more money to repair a torn shoe or a sandal than to go and buy a new one! Once people get hooked up to the "excess", it is much easier to feed the habit. What it requires is simply "setting" the age of (or in) a commodity, i.e., a running shoe would last for 300-400 miles of run or digital camera would last for roughly 10000 clicks before some part gives up its ghost. "Setting" the age of a commodity is done via simulations which are quite reliable and rarely the commodity breaks down within the warranty period. "Setting" the age of a commodity is also connected to reliability. If the products are reliable up to 5+ years of their use, the companies are going to be bankrupt in no time. These days products are not made reliable. All this means we have lots of (excess) waste and hopefully will give birth to a profitable(!) recycling industry which is hopefully green(!).

Umm Maymoonah

Its very tempting NOT to recycle sometimes especially when you live in a small terraced house and don't drive. My house is full of back bags with fabric (I sew) and a big black ugly box without a lid that my daughters always got her hands in.

But its worth it.

Ebay's great I try not to buy brand new clothes unless its underwear etc for my baby - a lot of second hand clothes are good as new on ebay.

ARgcomment: The harder it is the more reward, inshallah!

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