Challenge #10 ~ Say No To Packaging

Read the blog post on the May Theme ~ CLOSE THE LOOP

Say no to packaging and don’t bring packaging to your house …in other words…avoid the creation of garbage. Plastic consumption in the Gulf is growing rapidly, reaching 94 kilograms per person in 2016. Qatar was found to have the highest plastic consumption, with almost 109 kilograms per person. With plastic representing about 18 percent of total solid waste generated in the region and only about 10 percent of plastic waste recycled, with lots of it ending up in the ocean. Serious action is needed!

Calculate your annual plastic use with this downloadable worksheet and choose the ways you will refuse and reduce your packaging waste. Use this exercise as a family activity at home and/or connect it to your children’s science project at school. Document your current baseline and see how far you can make it toward zero waste in your household. Make a difference one family at a time!

Ways to refuse and reduce

  • Where possible, purchase items not-packaged or packaged in paper or glass.
  • Bring your own reusable bags for groceries or purchase reusable shopping bags at the store.
  • Fruits and vegetables don’t need plastic bags to be weighed and purchased. (You may need to ask the shop assistant several times to insist “no need for a plastic bag, please!”) Put produce directly in your shopping bag…reusable, of course, attaching the price labels to the bag. Or ask for the sticker to be put directly on the larger items like banana bunches or melons.
  • Buy in bulk and bring your own container to avoid individually wrapped items:
    • Nuts and dried fruits
    • Spices and dried herbs
    • Pulses like lentils, chickpeas, and beans


  1. Arab News, June 29, 2018 Cheap, convenient and deadly, disposable packaging is killing the world’s oceans. Can a Middle East strategy save our seas? Accessed April 18 2019
  2. House Beautiful, 7 simple ways to reduce waste in your home. Accessed April 2019
  3. Earth Day Network for the End Plastic Pollution Campaign, 2018, End Plastic Pollution. Accessed April 28 2019
  4. Plastic Pollution Primer and Action Toolkit, Earth Day 2018, Accessed April 28 2019