Majid Al Futtaim pledges to phase out single-use plastics by 2025
Retail developer will phase out single-use plastic at its 26 malls, 13 hotels, 46 VOX Cinemas, and more than 285 Carrefour stores
UAE retail developer Majid Al Futtaim has pledged to phase out single-use plastic by 2025, starting one country at a time across its 26 malls, 13 hotels, 46 VOX Cinemas, and more than 285 Carrefour stores across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
According to the Bahrain News Agency, Majid Al Futtaim’s malls would be able to reduce more than 2m kg of plastic waste if it gets its 192m visitors to take home just two Carrefour plastic bags, thus, assisting customers to reduce their use of plastic, as well, which will include removing all freely distributed plastic items at all of the retail developer’s supermarkets, cinemas, and hotels.
On-shelf merchandise such as garbage bags, detergent bottles, and cleaning products will still be available for purchase, although Carrefour stores will take 500m plastic grocery bags out of circulation each year – a big step towards a plastic-free future.
Commenting on the pledge, chief sustainability officer at Majid Al-Futtaim – Holding, Ibrahim Al Zu’bi, said: “Our sustainability journey begins with our mission to deliver truly ‘Great Moments for Everyone Everyday’, and we simply can’t do that at the sake of the environment. For business to be sustainable, it must be in harmony with the planet. We need to continue to push the sustainability agenda at a faster pace, and our customers are very much a part of that. We listen to them, and we want to make it easy for them to make smart choices to live a sustainable life – and hopefully to support brands that are making a real difference in the war on plastic.”