Qatar Duty Free (QDF) has committed to replacing 100,000 single-use plastic shopping bags with reusable cotton alternatives every month at Day2Day Essentials stores at Hamad International Airport.
The move was announced on Earth Day (22 April) and marks QDF’s first step toward a plastic-free, more eco-friendly airport.
The retailer partnered with specialist manufacturer Supreme Creations to produce its branded sustainable cotton shopping bags.
The bags can be reused at least 500 times, are vegan certified and made from lightweight and locally-sourced cotton.
They are available at all eight Day2Day Essentials stores at the hub.
“Qatar Duty Free is proud of taking the first big step towards transforming QDF into a plastic-free travel retailer on Earth Day,” said Thabet Musleh, Vice President Qatar Duty Free.
“By switching to eco-friendly bags at our Day2Day stores, we promote QDF’s vision of becoming an eco-friendly, sustainable airport retailer and participating in reducing plastic-related pollution.
“This initiative is the first significant step in achieving QDF’s target of increasing its positive environmental impact at the airport and marking our position as leaders in promoting sustainability in the travel retail industry.”
Hamad International Airport (HIA) is also showcasing its commitment to environmental sustainability through a variety of initiatives, such as its wastewater management strategy, which includes directing wastewater and sewage to HIA’s dedicated wastewater treatment plant, which returns the treated water for irrigating the airport’s landscape features.