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Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai, UAE - Fair Trade Ethical Living with Sabeena Ahmed

Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai, UAE - Fair Trade Ethical Living with Sabeena Ahmed

 

 Zero Waste Week 2019

This is my humble effort to reduce my plastic consumption and waste for Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.

Day 1

Day 1 of #ZeroWasteWeek, I'm sharing and supporting a fantastic social enterprise called #ENABLE.

Many thanks to my husband for purchasing an ethical b'day gift this year.

Any advice from gardeners regarding how to keep my succulent alive would be appreciated?

 

About ENABLE 

ENABLE is a UAE National social enterprise based in Dubai.

Enable empowers special young Emiratis with cognitive disabilities by enrolling them in extensive entrepreneurial program.

The skill set delivered will hopefully "enable" individuals with such special abilities to start their own retail units and therefore achieve individual financial sustainability.

We offer beautiful indoor plant arrangements using quality #succulents and #cacti sourced from national and international well-known suppliers.

As a social enterprise, 100% of ENABLE products will be used to fuel its retail operations with 15% of each product sold will go back to the employee who created it to empower their abilities.

Source: ENABLE UAE

 

Enable Succulent, Zero Waste Week 2019 - Fair Trade Ethical Living with Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai, UAE

My beautiful succulent made by artists at ENABLE

 

ENABLE UAE Photo, Zero Waste Week 2019 - Fair Trade Ethical Living with Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai, UAE

ENABLE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE UAE

 

ENABLE UAE STORY - Zero Waste Week 2019 - Fair Trade Ethical Living with Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai, UAE

ENABLE UAE'S STORY

 

Enable UAE succulent - Zero Waste Week 2019 - Fair Trade Ethical Living with Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai, UAE

My succulent

 

 Day 2

In an attempt to remove plastic from my weekly laundry I have decided to use soap nuts instead of laundry powder.

I hope to find an alternative brand where I can refill laundry softener/conditioner or learn to make my own.

Soap nuts are Organic Laundry Detergent.
They are 100% Natural and Biodegradable.

 

Instructions:

Use 5-7 soap berries for a full load of washing.

Place the bag and berries directly in the washing machine with all your laundry.

Soap berries can be re-used 5-6 times and then disposed preferably in a  composter.

Soap berres do not produce much foam.

Use warm water for washing clothes or soak the bag with berries before placing in the washing machine.

 

Organic Laundry Softener - Zero Waste Week 2019 with Sabeena Ahmed
Organic Laundry Softener

 

Continuation of Plastic Free July 2019- August review with SAbeena Ahmed
Soap nuts and cotton string bag

 

Continuation of Plastic Free July 2019- August review with Sabeena Ahmed

 Soap nuts a zero waste alternative to laundry powder

 

Continuation of Plastic Free July 2019- August review with Sabeena Ahmed
Soap Nuts

 

To read my blog about Plastic Free July 2019 please click here.

 

 

Day 3

This long black kurta of the last items of clothing my beloved mother purchased for me before she returned to her maker.

 

I just don't have the heart to give it away.

 

I have worn this dress as part of the Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind the Label for the past two years and hope to endorse the Love Your Clothes Campaign advocated by WRAP UK.

 

Black Kurta - Fair Trade Ethical Living,  Zero Waste Week 2019 with Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai, UAE

 Black dress/kurta with embroidery

 

Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano - Black Kurta - Fair Trade Ethical Living,  Zero Waste Week 2019 with Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai, UAE
My beautiful mother 

 

Julia Johnson with Sabeena Ahmed wearing a Black Kurta - Fair Trade Ethical Living,  Zero Waste Week 2019 with Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai, UAE
Author Julia Johnson and me!

 

 

Sabeena Ahmed supporting Fairtrade Fortnight in Dubai, UAE - Fair Trade Ethical Living,  Zero Waste Week 2019 with Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai, UAE

 Wearing my black dress for Fairtrade Fortnight 2019, Dubai, UAE

 

 

Day 4

Over the past 3 years I have discovered, tried and tested many zero waste bathroom alternatives.

Organic Loofah instead of a plastic one
Organic handmade soap instead of hand wash
Herbal Tooth powder instead of toothpaste
Bamboo Toothbrush instead of plastic tooth brush and
Miswaak (cleaning twig made from the Salvadora persica tree)
and
Organic Herbal Shampoo.

Organic Loofah - Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai and the UAE with Sabeena Ahmed
Organic Loofah

 

Bamboo toothbrush, herbal tooth powder and miswak - Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai and the UAE with Sabeena Ahmed
Bamboo toothbrush, herbal tooth powder and miswak 

 

 

Odylique Herbal Organic Shampoo - Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai and the UAE with Sabeena Ahmed
Odylique Herbal Organic Shampoo

 

 

Zero Waste Bathroom alternatives - Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai and the UAE with Sabeena Ahmed
Zero Waste Bathroom alternatives

 

 

Day 5

I finally decided to document my beloved mothers red split lentil (masoor) and yellow lentil (moong) daal.

Miss you Mum! 

Fair Trade Ethical Living - How to make masoor red split lentil and moong yellow lentil daal, recipe Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano with Sabeena Ahmed for Zero Waste Week 2019.
Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano

 

 

Fair Trade Ethical Living - How to Make Masoor and Moong Daal, Recipe Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano with Sabeena Ahmed

Masoor and Moong Daal with carrot pickle

 

Fair Trade Ethical Living - How to Make Masoor and Moong Daal, Recipe Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano with Sabeena Ahmed

 Zeera Rice and Yoghurt

 

Fair Trade Ethical Living - How to Make Masoor and Moong Daal, Recipe Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano with Sabeena Ahmed

Serve hot with plain, Zeera Rice, Roti/Chapatti (Flatbread), yoghurt and pickle.

 

To read and cook my Masoor and Moong Daal recipe click here

 

 

About Zero Waste Week

Zero Waste week was founded by Rachelle Strauss in 2008 and began as a National UK Campaign.Campaigns last a week and take place annually during the first full week in September.

The campaign runs predominantly on social media and the website ZeroWasteWeek to reach a community of like-minded people who want to reduce residential or commercial waste, reuse materials and recycle as much as possible. The aim of the campaign is to help householders, businesses, schools and community groups increase recycling, reduce landfill waste and participate in the circular economy – in alignment with European recommendations and Directives.

Credit and Source: Rachelle Strauss

 

Further Reading and Links

ENABLE UAE

Plastic Free July 2019 Blog

Six Items Challenge 2019 Blog

How to make Masoor and Moong Daal Blog

Zero Waste Week UK

Love your clothes - WRAP




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