To mark the occasion of “World Clean-up Day”, Carrefour in Qatar and the Ministry of Municipality and Environment today launched a new campaign to curb the use of single-use plastic bags.
The event included distribution of awareness brochures and reusable bags to the public. As per the campaign, on the third Tuesday of each month starting from today, Carrefour will observe “No Plastic Tuesdays” by eliminating single-use plastic bags from cash counters and offering customers eco-bags free of charge instead. Moreover, single-use plastic bags will be replaced with paper alternatives in the fruits and vegetables section. Carrefour will also reward its loyal MyCLUB members for each purchase with 10 MyClub points on each transaction.
Nawf Omar Bakhamis, Head of Awareness at the Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, stressed the importance of enhancing environmental education among all segments of society and engaging them in more eco causes. She also said that the Ministry’s participation in today’s event reflects its support to the efforts and environmental initiatives of the civil society organizations adding that environmental well-being is a combined responsibility of all ministries, organizations, companies and individuals.
She added that this event comes in cooperation with Carrefour Qatar and the participation of inspectors from the Municipality of Al Rayyan with the purpose of familiarising the public with the best ways to use eco-friendly bags and the benefits behind that, and the need to limit the use of single-use plastic bags
Laurent Hausknecht, Country Manager of Carrefour in Qatar commented on the initiative: “Sustainability is a core element of our strategy and comes in line with Qatar’s National Vision for 2030. Following the success of our previous initiative on International Plastic Bag Free day, we chose to introduce No Plastic Tuesdays to maintain momentum. We encourage all our customers to visit our stores on the third Tuesday of each month to collect their complimentary eco-bags, but most importantly, we ask that they remember to bring it along during every trip so that we’re one step closer to ensuring a single-use plastic free Qatar.”
Apart from championing various eco-friendly initiatives through the year, Carrefour is also investing heavily in several areas designed to reduce its environmental impact. For example, green checkout counters have been implemented in stores nation-wide, while MyCLUB members receive 10 extra points anytime they shop at Carrefour without consuming single-use plastic bags.
Source: Press Release
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