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Indonesian Muslims embrace plastic ban on Day of Sacrifice

  • Vela Andapita, Suherdjoko and Sri Wahyuni

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta/Semarang/Yogyakarta   /   Mon, August 12, 2019   /  10:26 am
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Students at SMP 3 state junior high school in Malang, East Java, place "qurban" (sacrificial) meat into dozens of 'besek' (containers made of plaited bamboo) to be distributed to people in need on Sunday.(JP/Nedi Putra)

Several mosques across Java, with support from governors, have adopted a plastic ban in distributing qurban (sacrificial) meat during Idul Adha the Day of Sacrifice, which fell on Sunday. Wealthier Muslims shared thousands of meat packages in besek (containers made of plaited bamboo) and other ecofriendly packaging for qurban meat instead of plastic bags. On Jl. Kenari I in Senen, Central Jakarta, women flocked to a parking area of a closed shop in an alley where hundreds of besek were stacked for Idul Adha. While their male counterparts prepared to slaughter sacrificial animals, the women were cleaning the surface of banana leaves and tearing them into smaller pieces. They then placed the leaves inside each besek. “The leaf prevents juices from the meat from leaking, so people will not ask for plastic bags to keep their hand...