Plastic bags are gradually being distributed in UAE supermarkets but a Gulf News survey conducted among people in Fujairah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi indicates that residents' customs are gradually changing.
A cross section of people has already taken action in preserving the environment and using jute bags for their groceries.
Jute bags are coming to Fujairah according to the manager of the Lulu Hypermarket. But progress is extremely slow.
The key stimulus will be the provision of jute bags in supermarkets and the incentives that shops give to customers to make the vital change.
Why not ask the manager of your supermarket to make available or sell environmentally friendly bags? As the saying goes, “If the people lead, the leaders will soon follow.”
Dr Geoff Pound
Image: A smart and progressive lead by Magrudy’s Bookshop in providing jute green bags.