The decision will also impact almost 26 malls, 13 hotels, 46 VOX Cinemas and more than 285 Carrefour stores across the Middle East.
Retail and real estate conglomerate Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) will phase-out single-use plastics across its operations by 2025. Once fully implemented, the initiative will eliminate single-use plastic bags and other unnecessary plastic.
Senior officials with the retail giant told media on Tuesday, November 5, that single-use plastic items will not be distributed to customers anymore, excluding on-shelf items for sale.
The decision will impact almost 26 malls, 13 hotels, 46 VOX Cinemas and more than 285 Carrefour stores across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It will take 800 million plastic grocery bags out of circulation each year. In 2017, Majid Al Futtaim started promoting reusable grocery bags across its markets, with this year’s sales of the eco-friendly bags increasing by 70 per cent.
According to Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Chief Sustainability Officer, Majid Al Futtaim – Holding, “Last year, MAF shopping malls welcomed 192 million visitors and it is estimated that if each one of those visitors took home just two Carrefour plastic bags, that would total more than two million kilogrammes of plastic waste.”
The new pledge will also eliminate plastic carry bags for fruits and vegetables, replacing it with re-usable cloth bags priced at Dh 2.50 for a pack of five.
Hani Weiss, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim – Retail said, “The decision includes removal of freely distributed plastic grocery bags from all Carrefour stores in 16 markets by 2025, as well as other single-use plastic items from across the company’s business units, inclusive of straws, cutlery, containers and trays.”
He explained, “The company will focus on promoting reusable, sustainable alternatives that drive long-term behavioural change among its customers and suppliers.”
The scope of the policy includes single-use plastic items distributed to customers and does not include any on-shelf products typically sold at the company’s premises, such as garbage bags, detergent bottles, and cleaning products.
However, the company, in partnership with external service providers, has also opened re-fuel stations for detergent liquid in select Carrefour stores.
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