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 the 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 free eco-bags. Moreover, single-use plastic bags will be replaced with paper alternatives in the fruits and vegetable section.
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: “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.”