Promoting Sustainability Through Composting

In celebration of World Environment Day, the Dawoodi Bohras of Bahrain hosted an insightful webinar on “Turning Waste into Black Gold.” This event highlighted the environmental benefits of composting and provided practical guidance to gardening enthusiasts and individuals looking to reduce household waste.

Composting, the process of turning organic waste into nutrient-rich soil, offers numerous environmental benefits. It reduces waste in landfills, enriches soil, and lowers greenhouse gas emissions, promoting a more sustainable environment. Recognizing these advantages, the Dawoodi Bohras of Bahrain took the initiative to educate their community through this engaging session.

During the webinar, participants learned about the basics of composting and its environmental impact. The session included step-by-step instructions on starting a compost bin, tips for maintaining a healthy compost pile, and guidance on using compost to improve soil health and plant growth. The practical advice provided was beneficial for both seasoned gardeners and beginners.

Rashida Abdeali Merchant, a passionate gardener, shared her personal journey into composting: “I started with indoor plants, which marked the beginning of my journey, and then learned about home gardening and the use of home compost for optimal plant growth.”

Inspired by the concept of composting, Rashida decided to take action. “In December 2023, I felt that we should begin composting the food waste from the Bohras’ community kitchen. With the help of other members, we established our first compost bin at the masjid in May of this year. We reused yogurt bins from the kitchen, broke down segregated waste into smaller pieces, layered the greens and browns, and made a makeshift shade to protect the compost from the heat.”

This event, part of the global Project Rise initiative, showcased the Dawoodi Bohras’ commitment to sustainability and demonstrated the power of community action in promoting environmental stewardship. The webinar concluded with a call to action, encouraging participants to start their composting projects and contribute to a greener planet.

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