The UAE is doing its bit to preserve Mother Nature and eco-friendly clearly seems to be the new mantra in the UAE. Recently, Emirates announced to go plastic-free by the end of the year and now, Carrefour, the giant retail chain in the UAE is doing its bit towards eliminating plastic usage. As an effort, two Carrefour stores in UAE will eliminate single-use plastic bags. We are mighty impressed! Meanwhile Carrefour recently launched re-usable shopping bags.
Carrefour At Cityland Mall & Arabian Ranches 1 Go Plastic-Free
In an effort to go green, Majid Al Futtaim has confirmed that two of Dubai’s Carrefour stores will eliminate single-use plastic bags at the checkout counters. Starting from 28 February, Carrefour Hypermarket at Cityland Mall and Carrefour Market at Arabian Ranches 1 will not be offering plastic bags to its customers. And that also means you must carry your own shopping bag when visiting.
Shoppers can also purchase recyclable paper bags for 40 fils each. Proceeds from the sale of these paper bags will be donated to the Emirates Nature-World Wildlife Fund to support UAE wildlife. In addition, customers can also purchase Carrefour’s range of reusable bags which are currently available in three versions- a woven plastic bag for AED 2.50, a canvas foldable bag for AED 9.50 and a heavy duty juco bag for AED 10.
Recently, Carrefour signed the national pact for eliminating plastic packaging by 2025 and is very well living up to its promise. According to reports, over eight to twelve million tonnes of plastic gets thrown into the ocean every year. Now, that definitely calls for immediate action, doesn’t it? And what better way than giant corporations like Carrefour taking the lead.
In fact, some of the Carrefour outlets have also replaced plastic bags with re-usable cloth bags in the vegetable and fruits section. Meanwhile, Spinney’s has also pledged to do its bit towards eliminating plastic usage. However, we are awaiting any further developments or changes on the same.
Dubai Airport Eliminates Use Of Plastic
Dubai airports announced the elimination of single-use plastics starting 1 January 2020.
— Dubai International (@DXB) June 10, 2019
The plastic ban is implemented in a phased approach starting off with cutlery, drinking straws, take-away food packaging and polythene bags from cafés, restaurants and shops at the airport.
Plastic usage inside the airport- at cafes, restaurants and in fact in the airport kitchen will soon be replaced with environmentally-friendly alternatives. Recycling facilities will also be added to ensure the transition is effective.
Eugene Barry, executive vice president of Commercial at Dubai Airports said: ““This pledge is another step on a long journey to becoming a more environmentally responsible airport. Along with our partners, we are committed to not only removing single-use plastics but in their place providing appropriate and importantly sustainable alternatives.
DXB announced a ban on paper receipts, plastic bags and utensils from 1 January 2020. The effort comes after about 16 tonnes of plastic bottles and caps were collected and disposed from DXB.