A business tycoon in the UAE has pledged his company operating in several countries would phase out single-use plastic by 2025.

Starting one country at a time, Majid Al Futtaim will phase out single use plastic in a mammoth task for a multi-national organization operating 26 malls, 13 hotels, 46 VOX Cinemas and more than 285 Carrefour stores across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Last year, Majid Al Futtaim’s shopping malls received 192 million visitors and it is estimated that if each one of those visitors took home just two Carrefour plastic bags, the total would be more than two million kilograms of plastic waste.

Assisting customers reduce their use of plastic will include removing freely distributed plastic items from Majid Al Futtaim’s supermarkets, cinemas and hotels.

On-shelf merchandise like garbage bags, detergent bottles and cleaning products will still be available for customers to purchase.  

As part of the new pledge, Carrefour stores will take 500 million plastic grocery bags out of circulation each year – a huge step towards a plastic-free future.

“Our sustainability journey begins with our mission to deliver truly ‘Great Moments for Everyone Everyday’, and we simply can’t do that at the sake of the environment," Ibrahim Al Zu’bi, Chief Sustainability Officer, Majid Al Futtaim – Holding, said at the launch of the pledge.

"For business to be sustainable, it must be in harmony with the planet. We need to continue to push the sustainability agenda at a faster pace, and our customers are very much a part of that. We listen to them, and we want to make it easy for them to make smart choices to live a sustainable life - and hopefully to support brands that are making a real difference in the war on plastic.”