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Qatar Duty-Free Replaces 100,000 Plastic Shopping Bags Per Month With Reusable Cotton Shopping Bags

Thursday, 04/05/2023

Qatar Duty-Free replaces 100,000 single-use plastic shopping bags every month with reusable cotton shopping bags in eight Day2Day Essentials stores at Hamad International Airport (HIA).

To replace single-use plastic shopping bags with reusable cotton shopping bags

The announcement was made on 22 April 2023, which marked Earth Day. The travel retailer has partnered with Supreme Creations, a reusable bags, and eco-friendly packaging manufacturer, to produce branded sustainable bags. These shopping bags are reusable at least 500 times, vegan certified, and made from lightweight and locally sourced cotton.

Qatar Duty-Free, Vice President Thabet Musleh said: “Qatar Duty-Free is proud of taking the first big step towards transforming QDF into a plastic-free travel retailer on Earth Day. By switching to eco-friendly bags at our Day2Day stores, we promote QDF’s vision of becoming an eco-friendly, sustainable airport retailer and participating in reducing plastic-related pollution. This initiative is the first step in achieving QDF’s target of increasing its positive environmental impact at the airport and marking our position as leaders in promoting sustainability in the travel retail industry.”

Qatar Duty-Free’s home hub, HIA has also showcased its commitment to environmental sustainability through different initiatives, such as its wastewater management strategy, which includes directing wastewater and sewage to HIA’s dedicated wastewater treatment plant, which returns the treated water for irrigating the airport’s landscape features.

Immediate and Unexpected Benefits of Replacing Single-Use Plastics with Reusables Shopping Bags

We all have that space tucked away in our house reserved for unwanted plastic bags. Yes, they may come in handy, but there’s also a hesitation there to throw them away immediately after receiving them (The average person uses a plastic bag for only 12 minutes before discarding it).

Rather than collecting an abundance of single-use plastic bags that are not only inconvenient but harmful to the environment and costly, try using a reusable shopping bag. There are plenty of benefits to investing in a reusable bag. Listed here are some of the most advantageous benefits of using a reusable shopping bag.

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1. Save Money

Many stores are beginning to impose an extra charge for plastic bags. By bringing your own reusable bag, you are saving money each time you go to the grocery store, buy a new outfit, or run errands. Many stores, if they don’t charge for plastic, are offering an incentive for bringing your own bag. So either way you look at it, you’re saving money on each purchase.

2. Save Resources—And Therefore, Money

Plastic bags are non-biodegradable, use crude oil and natural gas to manufacture, and require even more fossil fuels to ship.

By using a reusable bag, you are not only reducing the amount of non-renewable resources necessary to produce plastic bags, but you’re also reducing the amount of money your community spends on clean-up costs each year.

3. De-clutter Your House and Save Space

Plastic bags take up a lot of room and often clutter your household, car, and workspace. Think about it: If you take home 5 grocery bags worth of food a week, that comes out to 260 bags a year. And that’s only on groceries. Those plastic bags end up cluttering your kitchen cabinets, your pantry, and your car; wasting space for other, more important things other than trash that we can’t seem to part with.

Though larger than a plastic grocery bag, reusable bags can fold up and end up taking up significantly less space than your guilty storage of plastic bags. And as opposed to the 20 to 50 plastic bags floating around your house, you’ll have maybe three or four reusable bags to take their place.

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4. Durability and Reliability

Unlike the flimsy plastic bag you receive from retailers, reusable bags are durable and can carry more at a time. Go ahead, fill up that cotton or hard plastic bag to the brim—it won’t break. That means fewer trips to and from your car and more to be comfortably carried at a time.

Their durability also prevents them from ripping or tearing. Say goodbye to spilled groceries, multiple trips, and double bagging.

And because they are reliable, you can use them for multiple purposes. Personally, I use my reusable totes for lesson plans, groceries, beach bags, and even as a purse. There are infinite uses for these convenient and packable bags.

5. Peace of Mind

Believe me, you’ll feel so much better once you stop accidentally collecting unnecessary plastic bags. Whether you’re aware of your consumption patterns or not, as you begin to see the waste disappear, you’ll feel it, and it feels great.


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