Less­en­ing our im­pact

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Con­sumers are wis­ing up to how many sin­gle-use plas­tics we ac­tu­ally go through, and how bad for the en­vi­ron­ment they are. In the UAE, we made huge strides in 2018 – count­less restau­rants and cafes took plas­tic straws and bot­tles off the menus; su­per­mar­ket chain Waitrose be­gan tri­alling a charge for plas­tic car­rier bags in Abu Dhabi; and Jumeirah at Saadiyat Is­land Re­sort be­came the first ho­tel in the UAE to ban all sin­gle-use plas­tics through­out its premises. In 2019, we hope to see shops tackle pack­ag­ing on prod­ucts (ba­nanas wrapped in plas­tic is an abom­i­na­tion), and for restau­rants to pay at­ten­tion to take­away boxes. Other trends in this vein in­clude eat­ing more lo­cal pro­duce and buy­ing from so­cially con­scious brands.

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