Dubai Airports are on a mission to reduce
plastic waste, and they’ve taken a monumental decision to ban single-use items
from 1st January, 2020.
Plastic banned at Dubai Airports
Since its landmark announcement last July,
Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central have been working with
major operators, stores and restaurants to eliminate plastic from their daily
business. In a bid to curb its pollution, they’re putting an end to the use of
straws, lids, containers, single-use cutlery, take-away and polythene bags,
which will be replaced by “sustainable initiatives.”
Many people carry a reusable bottle and prefer dining at an
Dubai Airports recently conducted a survey on travellers’ preferences and the results speak volumes in favour of the plastic ban. The study reveals 52% of the respondents prefer carrying a reusable water bottle while travelling, and nearly half of those surveyed would rather dine at an airport restaurant instead of carrying a take-away from a restaurant.
Photograph credit: Dubai Airports
Big franchises are working towards the plastic ban too
Two of the biggest food and beverages establishments at the world’s busiest airport, McDonald’s and Costa Coffee are pioneering the move with new initiatives.
McDonald’s pledges to replace a whopping 5.6
million plastic items with recyclable materials, while Costa Coffee is removing
2.6 million cups and rolling out plant-based “smart” cups, made of wood and