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CommunitySustainablePlastic-free UAE: How 6 businesses are cutting down on garbage and plastic

Businesses are finally cutting down on their garbage.
Ann Marie McQueen Ann Marie McQueenJune 5, 201827 min
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plastic-free UAEHilton Hotels commissioned replicas of various iconic buildings from straws when announcing it would ban them. Photo courtesy Hilton Hotels

Here are six ways businesses aren working towards a plastic-free UAE, where some real positive change is starting to happen, and working to cut down on garbage and plastic.

Hilton Hotels bans plastic straws: Hotels run by Hilton in the UAE have joined those across the rest of the chain to ban the use of all plastic straws. Estimates are that the initiative will remove five million plastic straws from the environmental chain across Europe, Africa and the Middle East alone. In their place? Paper or biodegradable alternatives. The company celebrated by commissioning replica sculptures made from straws – which take 200 years to decompose – of the Burj Khalifa, the Eiffel Tower and the London Shard.

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Lulu in Al Barsha in Dubai now has a green” counter for customers with reusable bags. Photo courtesy of Lulu Hypermarkets.

Lulu Hypermarket launches a “green” checkout in Dubai: Hopefully, Lulu Hypermarket will expand the rollout of the special checkout counter launched at its Al Barsha branch for people who bring their own reusable bags or buy one from the store. The store also distributed 6,000 reusable shopping bags in the area as part of its “I Choose to Reuse” campaign, which runs until June 20 in partnership with Dubai Municipality’s Waste Management Department.

Order a Careem electric-car pick-up in Dubai: If you use the Careem car-service app in Dubai, you will find that it now lets customers trim their carbon footprint by ordering a Model S Tesla with the “Careem Electric” option. Sadly, not yet available in Abu Dhabi.

Jumeriah Saadiyat Island Beach resort is going plastic free
The plastic-free Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Beach resort. Photo courtesy Jumeirah.

Abu Dhabi hotel will be entirely plastic free: Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts set a major precedent by deeming the 293-room Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort plastic-bottle and plastic-straw free. In a partnership with Trust Your Water, the hotel will serve filtered water in glass bottles and give each guest a free, reusable bottle that they can refill at water stations throughout the facility.

Dubizzle helps cut carbon output: Dubizzle, the online listing company, says it helped UAE residents buy or sell 1.4 million items in 2017. That resulted, it claimed, in savings of more than 2.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, which is equivalent to approximately a third of the carbon output of all cars on the road in Dubai today. The company goes beyond its app when it comes to having a social conscience, offering free repairs for everyday items at local markets and providing free car-safety inspections.

zero waste Kad Che
The Business Bay cafe Kad Che pledged to be zero-waste. Photo courtesy Kad Che.

Dubai cafe commits to zero-waste: There are two reasons to visit the Bay Square cafe Kad Che. First, you can customize many of the menu items – the crispy shrimp panini with baby rocca and avocado coriander tartar is highly recommended. And next, the owner has made a commitment so producing zero waste. Kad Che has partnered with the UAE Food Bank to distribute all leftover food that is in a fit state for consumption.

Ann Marie McQueen

Ann Marie McQueen

Ann Marie McQueen is a journalist with 20 years of experience working in North America and the UAE, much of it as a writer, editor and columnist focusing on the areas of physical and mental wellness...

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    February 20, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    A big thank you for your blog article.Thanks Again. Want more.

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