Dubai, UAE, 3 July 2020 – on International Plastic Bag Free Day (IPBFD) — an annual global initiative that aims to eliminate the consumption of single-use plastic bags — Carrefour is calling on all shoppers to play their part in creating a greener, safer world by switching to environmentally-friendly reusable or eco bags.
While many shoppers have already made the change, some still struggle to put their sustainable shopping bags to good, eco-conscious use; often forgetting them at home when shopping.
With this in mind, Carrefour has put together a short list of helpful tips and tricks, offering some friendly advice on how to make the most of your reusable bags and ensure that you keep them front of mind whenever you decide to take a trip to the grocery store.
- Out of sight, out of mind
First and foremost, it is important to keep these bags in sight, storing them somewhere conspicuous so they stay front of mind when you are about to go shopping. You might, for instance, try hanging them on your kitchen or, better yet, front door.
- On the go
These bags are made to be taken with you. Wherever you go, they go. Why not stash one in your car, or keep one at work. Should you ever need to make a quick trip to the grocery store, you will always have one handy.
- Money well spent
Should you forget to take a reusable bag with you to the store, resist the temptation to use a single-use plastic bag. While it might be easier to simply fall back on the option of a free plastic bag, remember: the money spent on an eco- or reusable bag will go a long way to making your community a lot more sustainable. And if the thought of buying additional reusable bags seems a little indulgent, you could gift it to a friend or family member and help spread the word of sustainable living.
- Note to self
Adding a note — a quick reminder — at the end of your shopping list to grab your reusable bag before you head out the door and make your way to your local supermarket works wonders for many. Why not do the same? Assigning a family member to look after your reusable bags can also be very helpful, making these eco bags part of your family shopping routine.
- Dedicated counters for reusable bags
As part of its ongoing commitment to creating seamless shopping experiences, Carrefour offers priority service to customers using reusable bags across all hypermarkets in the region, through fully operational dedicated counters for reusable bags, which will save them time at the final stage of their shopping.
It is also recommended to wash Carrefour reusable bags and exchange them for free if they wear down, plus customers can get free SHARE points when shopping at Carrefour using reusable bags.
Carrefour is one of the largest hypermarket and supermarket chains in the world. The brand was launched in the region in 1995 by Majid Al Futtaim, which is the exclusive franchisee to operate Carrefour in over 30 countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Today, Majid Al Futtaim operates over 300 Carrefour stores, serving more than 750,000 customers daily and employing over 37,000 colleagues.
Carrefour operates different store formats, as well as multiple online offerings to meet the growing needs of its diversified customer base. In line with the brand’s commitment to provide the widest range of quality products and value for money, Carrefour offers an unrivalled choice of more than 100,000 food and non-food products, and an exemplary customer experience to create great moments for everyone every day.
About Carrefour in UAE
Carrefour was launched in the UAE in 1995. Today, Carrefour operates 29 hypermarkets and 80 supermarkets, employing more than 10,000 colleagues.
About Majid Al Futtaim
Founded in 1992, Majid Al Futtaim is the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
A remarkable business success story, Majid Al Futtaim started from one man’s vision to transform the face of shopping, entertainment and leisure to ‘create great moments for everyone, every day’. It has since grown into one of the United Arab Emirates’ most respected and successful businesses spanning 16 international markets, employing more than 44,000 people, and obtaining the highest credit rating (BBB) among privately-held corporates in the region.
Majid Al Futtaim owns and operates 27 shopping malls, 13 hotels and four mixed-use communities, with further developments underway in the region. The shopping malls portfolio includes Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre malls, My City Centre neighbourhood centres, and four community malls which are in joint venture with the Government of Sharjah. The Company is the exclusive franchisee for Carrefour in a number of markets across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, operating a portfolio of more than 300 outlets.
Majid Al Futtaim operates more than 500 VOX Cinemas screens and 37 Magic Planet family entertainment centres across the region, in addition to iconic leisure and entertainment facilities such as Ski Dubai, iFly Dubai, Dreamscape and Ski Egypt, among others. The Company is parent to the consumer finance company ‘Najm’, and a Fashion, Home and Specialty retail business representing international brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, AllSaints, lululemon athletica, Crate & Barrel, Maisons du Monde and LEGO. In addition, Majid Al Futtaim operates Enova, a facility and energy management company, through a joint venture operation with Veolia, a global leader in optimised environment resource management.