Do fresh products stay fresh if kept in cotton bags instead of plastic bags?
By Batul Bharmal and Anupama Gokhale We all know how the problem of plastic is responsible for polluting our land and oceans. Our addictions to single use plastic item has led to a huge long term impact on the environment. According to a report presented in the World Government Summit in February 2019, 11 billion plastic […]
Interview with Nils El Accad, Funder Organic Foods and Café is a family run company founded in 2004 that runs organic supermarkets and cafés selling fresh organic and biodynamic foods, groceries, supplements, meat, dairy products, breads and household cleaning products. Today, the company employs over 500 people. It operates in 6 locations across Dubai and […]
By Eric Schaffner, Founder of ZeLoop: Circular Economy Reward Platform You spent years working in the packaging industry for one of the leading service solution provider, for beverage, food, home and personal care products packaging. When you put all aspects together, every type of material has pros and cons. Can you give us some insights […]
Interview with Dr Sassan Dieter Khatib-Shahidi, CEO, German Imaging Technologies (GIT) Q: As the world is getting more conscious and we are in the era of digitization, we would expect that paper consumption would reduce over time, but the trends are different. Does a paperless future exist? A paperless future might be a reality, […]
During the DIFC Art Nights 2020 event that took place in November 2020, GreenFootprint.ae teamed up with Artezaar and Unite for Planet in order to spread awareness about the waste issues and sustainable living. GreenFootprint.ae chose an unconventional rather than mainstream way to create media and promotional material and spread messages. Instead of printing organisational […]
By Hinal Kale GreenFootprint.ae is turning 1 on June 5, which is World Environment Day. We want to celebrate nature and biodiversity, not only by planting trees and educating kids about waste reduction and recycling, but we believe in community sharing. We are featuring “My Green Home Heros” that make the UAE greener place and […]
By Anju Chhatwani GreenFootprint.ae is turning 1 on June 5, World Environment Day. We organised a couple of initiatives to celebrate nature and biodiversity, such as planting trees and educating kids about waste reduction and recycling. As we also believe in community sharing, which is one of the key pillars of this platform, we are […]
By Tristan du Toi Tristan is a 12 year old boy living in the Lakes community. He developed love and knowledge about cycling from his dad. He also learned how to fix bicycles and soon started helping his friends and neighbors. This is a great example about the young age connection with nature; skills and […]
By Maitha Al Remeithi Maitha is a young Emirati student, currently pursuing a degree in chemistry at the University of Sharjah. She has always been an advocate of sustainability, which is why she joined the Green Footprint initiative as an intern to promote green living. Today, she is also one of the Future Sustainability Leaders at Youth 4 Sustainability […]
Sustainable Packaging is a possible, viable, and preferable solution
Mazen Ghasham, General Manager UAE, Let’s Popcorn Why are you popcorn called Gourmet popcorn? Our Products have a prime quality! All Let’s Popcorn flavors are processed manually and locally prepared. Let’s Popcorn is committed to best value of each popcorn kernels, highest quality ingredients and healthiest cooking method. Each set of our Let’s popcorn is […]
By Teena Thawani and Leena Kewlani, Co-Founders of Artezaar Can you tell us more about Artezaar? Being artists ourselves, we love collaborating with fellow artists, and are proud that we understand their DNA. It all started with a simple need and the right opportunity, with a mission – to build a community of flourishing and […]
“Zero waste living” isn’t just for hippies anymore! It’s a solution to fight plastic pollution!
By Jelena Lefavrais, GreenFootprint Founder Issues Globally, almost half of the plastic production is used in the Food and Beverages industry. Over 50% of of Global Food Waste is created by Households and 19% by the processing sector in the food chain. Isn’t this an alert that we start to rethink about the way we […]
Global Megatrends that are changing shoppers’ expectations
Interview with Andrej Isoski, Commercial Director Middle East, HL Display (HL) Megatrends are changing shoppers’ expectations around convenience, experience, service and sustainability. Shifts within demographics and lifestyle, such as urbanization, an increasing number of single households and a growing but aging population lead consumers to re-prioritize their time. Furthermore, concerns regarding sustainability and climate change […]
How does the UAE compare to the other markets, when it comes to Zero Waste Shopping?
Interview with Andrej Isoski, Commercial Director Middle East, HL Display (HL) HL offers the merchandising solutions to reduce waste. Have the retailers in the UAE shown the interest about these solutions? Yes, indeed! Leading retailers have all interest to reduce waste and offer shoppers to chose. Food retailers like Carrefour and Lulu have started in […]
Describe yourself in 3-5 words? Extrovert, sustainable, Spanish, mum How has your sustainable journey started? When I become a mother What is your vision and how do you think you add value to the community? I want to inspire others to change their behaviour Can you share a couple of practical examples on your sustainable […]
How has shopper behavior been impacted by the pandemic?
Interview with Andrej Isoski, Commercial Director Middle East, HL Display (HL) COVID-19 has changed lives rapidly across the globe, also here in Middle East and, with it, the way we shop groceries. Many consumers have seen their personal finances being impacted negatively since the crisis hit. While lower disposable income and overall economic insecurity has […]
Alternative Plastics and some of the issues with them
by Rebecca Pritchard, The Good Karma Co Unfortunately alternative plastics are not the best solution. We all hope they are, but it’s harder to make better choices if we don’t have a full grasp of the issues and options available to us. I hope this article will help shed some light on the alternatives we are […]
Describe yourself in 3-5 words? Emirati, vegan, Greenpreneur, clean beauty advocate How has your sustainable journey started? From a young age. What is your vision and how do you think you add value to the community? By educating others by sharing personal tips on how to protect the environment and make your home/business greener Can […]
Sustainable businesses within the UAE are growing despite pandemics!
By Najia Qazi An opportunity already exists and with the pandemic there is a phenomenal growth of Sustainable business within Dubia, UAE. It is transforming the business ecosystems that we participate especially in times of COVID-19. Sustainable Narrative decided to host The Digital Sustainability Week for the month of September (20th to 27th Sept 2020) to highlight on the real stories […]
By Zeina AlHashmi It’s October, which means its Halloween season. Since this holiday is known to be one of the most fun and exciting as people’s creativity really kicks in, we wanted to spice up the creativity levels even more and help celebrate & enjoy it in an eco-friendly way. Now, Halloween can not only […]
Deanna, BE the change you wish to see in the world!
Describe yourself in 3-5 words? Deanna, 31, Australian, Environmentalist How has your sustainable journey started?Recycling was always part of my life growing up, but my real mission for change started the day they removed recycling bins from my building here in Dubai in May 2015. By January 2016 I began finding solutions for waste and […]
Describe yourself in 3-5 words Zero Waste advocate, mom to a 4 year old son How has your sustainable journey started? It all started when I saw that there was a ridiculous amount of plastic in my house, from my family’s shopping, grocery shopping… my bathroom.. I got so overwhelmed by it I decided to […]
Describe yourself in 3-5 words? Australian Entrepreneur living in Dubai How has your sustainable journey started? It started many years ago in Australia. My parents were always focused of recycling, reducing waste and re-using where possible. What is your vision and how do you think you add value to the community? I hope that in 5-10 years […]
How to rid of the plastics in your WATER consumption?
Is it safe to drink tap water in Dubai? Official statements from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) have stated that “Our water quality across the generation, transmission and distribution networks meets the highest health and safety standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is the responsibility of the customer or owner […]
Describe yourself in 3-5 words Licensed Physiotherapist & Personal Trainer How has your sustainable journey started? I am an expat who grew up in huge farmland in a town where being eco-friendly is not even discussed because it’s what we grew up with, it is the norm there even now. My childhood was founded with […]
By Araceli Gallego Slow fashion is part of the “slow movement” applied to fashion and our closets. Basically, it is the opposite to fast fashion and what it entails when it comes to overproduction, exploitation, and waste. From the customer perspective embracing slow fashion means to buy less but better, and mostly products that follow […]
How can we learn about sustainability through the Emirati culture?
By Abdulrahman Alzaabi Why are the date palms trees so important for Emiratis? Well, to answer that, we have to look into the history of how the date palms benefited the Emirati people and helped shape their culture. Thus, I’ll share a brief historical background of the nature and how these elements helped push people […]
Describe yourself in 3-5 words? Mum of 2, endurance sports lover and passionate by healthy tasty natural food (almost vegan… still on the process) How has your sustainable journey started? I come from a hippie family! My mum always teaches me about the environment, healthy food. I’m coming from a small village in Canada near […]
Najia Qazi, Fashion designer and Founder of Sustainable Narrative
Describe yourself in 3-5 words? Pakistani origin living in Dubai, Fashion designer and Founder of Sustainable Narrative How has your sustainable journey started? Back in 2018, I founded Sustainable Narrative after studying about Sustainable and Ethical Fashion at Central Saint Martins, London, UK and finding a solution to the current gap and non-existing Sustainable market that […]
Nancy Juárez, Economist and a passionate environmentalist
Describe yourself in 3-5 words? Mexican Economist & CFA, 27 years old and a passionate environmentalist How has your sustainable journey started? It started from my health journey trying to avoid toxins entering my body. Then I realized it is all connected, its circular, whatever damages the environment will damage the human body in away. […]
Zeina AlHashmi, Sustainability Specialist and Environmentalist
Describe yourself in 3-5 words? Eco-conscious Mom of two – who is about all things sustainable, 28, Yemeni / Egyptian, Sustainability Specialist How has your sustainable journey started? My mentor at work involved me in a waste management project that opened my eyes up to the issues around waste generation and disposal. I felt helpless […]
Aisha Bin Brook, TreatMeGlutenFree Owner and Emirati Woman in Green Business
How would you describe yourself in 3-5 words? Emarati woman who is minimalist and eco activist. Can you tell us more about your brand? Treat Me Gluten Free started after noticing the lack of healthy and averaged price products in the market. We first started in 2017 as a subscription service offering hand-selected products […]
Describe yourself in 3-5 words? Mum of 3, Environmentalist, Photographer, Kundalini yoga teacher-in-training, Dive master How has your sustainable journey started? I have felt connected to nature for as far as I can remember. Because of this connection, I strongly feel part of our greater ecosystem. So naturally I’ve always been concerned with the way we […]
By Charlene Nawar Periods don’t just give us cramps – they do so many other things too! Let’s start with the fact that the average woman goes through up to 16,000 disposable pads or tampons in a lifetime. Each product is used on average for 4-8 hours before being thrown away, only then to take […]
Describe yourself in 3-5 words? 33 year old yoga teacher with a passion for making the mundane meaningful, living a simple life and reducing negative impact on the world. How has your sustainable journey started?My low waste journey started towards the end of 2018, I began taking an interest in making my own skin care and […]
Can you describe yourself in a couple of words? Spanish, Mum of a beautiful girl, Founder of @dubaifashionnews, @goshopia_official and keynote speaker How has your sustainable journey started? I have always been a green heart, but my battle was mostly with plastic and deforestation. I never saw my closet as part of the problem. Until […]
By Charlene Nawar In line with the composting workshop we hosted in Abu Dhabi beginning 2020, I thought it would be a good to share a composting blog with you to explain more on how I compost at home. There are soooooo many different composting methods out there which often leads to an information overload! […]
By Deanna Freeth Leaving school I had a dream to become cabin crew – and at 21 my dream was realised when I packed my life into 2 suitcases and moved to the UAE. It was living here that I discovered my true passion of environment and waste management. What started as a passion for […]
Can you describe yourself in a couple of words? An Eco Blogger, Indian, 38, Marketing Specialist How has your sustainable journey started? I have been very inclined from a very early on to lead a low waste lifestyle. I must have been very young when I first experimented with composting with my Mom. Looking back […]
Zero waste stores sell plastic-free items which help people reduce their own waste generation. These shops are selling everything from reusable items (like safety razors and stainless steel straws) to personal care products that come in zero waste packaging like reusable jars or compostable paper. Shops that minimise the environmental impact of our consumer habits are springing up across the […]
All of us have passions, hobbies, something we enjoy doing or we are good at. This is an essential for creating values and contributing truly to the world, from our joy, heart and core of being. Do It Yourself also supports our 5R: Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle. Thus, this is the blog post […]
Remember the time when you were moving countries or moving homes. How stressful and time consuming it was? Would it be easier if we would not need to spend hours and days going through our belongings, storage, pre-selection and downsizing process of all items we own? Is this the moment when we ask ourselves why we […]
What is sustainability in practice and why should we care about it?
Here are some definitions of Sustainability we come across The ability to exist constantly and to be maintained at a certain rate or level; The capacity for the biosphere and human civilization to coexist; Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Can you believe that the number […]