(photo credits: Nadia J & Nadiya El-K)
We came armed with recycled-paper bags filled to the brim with the barely-worn clothes we found stuffed in the back of our closets.
We perused the racks of swap-able clothing – including everything from a Lacoste men’s shirt and elaborately embroidered kufi to women’s jeans and colorful tunics – and hauled our discoveries to the ‘redesign center’ where a cluster of talented seamstresses stood ready with their sewing machines to turn used clothes into new. A few designers were also on hand to offer advice on the best way to transform my newly discovered Indian-inspired tote bag into a new throw pillow.
In the midst of the swapping fun, it was easy to almost overlook the deeper purpose of the night’s event: to raise awareness about our habits of (over)consumption and expand our conception of sustainability and recycling to include clothing. A presentation at dinner took the concept a step further by introducing the intersection of fashion and spirituality — reminding us of the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) habits of mending his own clothes.
But perhaps the most important take-away of the evening — besides my chic new pillow — was the reminder to try to gain barakah in all of my newfound ‘green’ habits, a reminder that may come in handy those times I feel the urge to wander the mall in search of that must-have item that I don’t actually need.
Submitted by Malika 🙂
DC Green Muslims, I’d like to encourage YOU to take this time to renew your commitment to creating more sustainable and eco-conscious (and thereby, insha’Allah, a more God-conscious) existence. Think of it as your “Environmental New Years” resolution. Make a pledge – for the month or a year or however long – to change something about your relationship to the earth and its natural resources.
Some (random) suggestions to get you started:
Let us know in the comments what you plan to do. Click here for a listing of Earth Day events in the area.
As you start thinking about sustainable clothing, make sure to check out our sister blog – the Ramadan Compact – for a variety of posts on how the compact members incorporate sustainable purchasing in their lives and “unplug from the consumer grid.”
And a thorough article on how to recycle almost anything – http://www.emagazine.com/view/?3172
A stop at the FDR Memorial revealed this:
*Lyrics from Gaye’s Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)