Pollution is a major problem across the world – but now a number of Bahrain-based businesses have pledged to phase out single-use plastic.
Carrefour stores alone will take 500 million plastic grocery bags out of circulation every year. There are seven Carrefour stores in Bahrain.
Ibrahim Al Zu’bi, chief sustainability officer at Majid Al Futtaim said, “Our sustainability journey begins with our mission to deliver truly ‘Great Moments for Everyone Everyday’, and we simply can’t do that at the sake of the environment.
"For business to be sustainable, it must be in harmony with the planet. We need to continue to push the sustainability agenda at a faster pace, and our customers are very much a part of that.
“We listen to them, and we want to make it easy for them to make smart choices to live a sustainable life - and hopefully to support brands that are making a real difference in the war on plastic.”
The news comes after volunteer divers removed nearly 20 tonnes of rubbish from Bahrain’s waters this year.
In September, more than 1,700 environmentalists removed 1,500kg of plastic waste from 12 Bahrain beaches in just two hours.