Carrefour's latest mission is one that we definitely stand behind. The retail giant has officially announced that it will be rolling out a series of initiatives to help phase out the use and distribution of single-use plastic.
As part of the hypermarket's mission to go completely plastic-free by the year 2025, it will be restricting, before ultimately ending the distribution of single-use plastic bags to customers, in attempt to encourage them to use recyclable bags when shopping at Carrefour.
Once implemented, the exact start date is yet to be announced, the movement will also see the retail chain eliminate the distribution of other plastic items such as cutlery, straws, containers, and trays.
The change is expected to cut an estimated 800 million plastic bags out of circulation – each year, according to Hani Weiss, the CEO of Majid Al Futtaim's retail division.
If you're looking to kickstart a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, you can – right now.
Below are just a few plastic alternatives that can help you to live a cleaner, greener lifestyle:
Ditch the plastic and get yourself a flask instead. More specifically, one made using copper – several reported health benefits of using copper flasks include an improved immune system, improved digestion, as well as improved joint health and iron absorption.
Traditional plastic toothbrushes are made using the likes of nylon and polypropylene plastic, both of which are sourced from non-renewable fossil fuels. To top that off, studies have found that roughly one billion toothbrushes make their way into the ocean, in the US alone – according to one study, that's enough to stretch around the Earth – four times. While the acid emitted by the improper disposal of batteries used in electronic toothbrushes make using them a less favorable option when it comes to sustainability. One environmentally friendly alternative, that is both hygienic and proven to have the same oral impacts as traditional toothbrushes, are those made using bamboo. The bamboo handle is completely biodegradable, making it a greener choice.