Majid Al Futtaim, a UAE-based retail giant, announced its commitment to phase out single-use plastic by 2025.
The company will phase out single-use plastic from all its operations starting from one country at a time, including 26 malls, 13 hotels, 46 VOX Cinemas and more than 285 Carrefour stores across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Last year, the shopping malls of Majid Al Futtaim received 192 million tourists and it is estimated that if each of those visitors took home just two plastic bags of Carrefour that would amount to more than two million kilograms of plastic waste.
The pledge would help customers reduce plastic use by eliminating freely distributed plastic items from the supermarkets, cinemas and hotels in Majid Al Futtaim.
On-shelf items such as garbage bags, detergent bottles and services for cleaning will still be available for purchase by customers.
As part of the new commitment, each year, Carrefour stores will take out of circulation 500 million plastic grocery bags, the company said.
Ibrahim Al Zu'bi, head of sustainability, Majid Al Futtaim – Holding, said: "This must be in accordance with the planet in order for business to be sustainable. I think we need to keep moving the sustainability agenda forward, and our customers are a big part of that.
"We are listening to them and we want to make it easy for them to make smart decisions about living a sustainable life-and hopefully supporting products that make a real difference in the plastic war."
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