How to be more sustainable in Qatar

How to be more sustainable in Qatar

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

With this year’s Qatar Sustainability week approaching, now is the perfect time to be greener with the choices you make in your daily life.

It is important to realize that almost everything you do can naturally have an impact on the planet, whether it simply choosing to avoid using plastic bags during your grocery shopping or when choosing your mode of transport.

One can always start with small and easy changes that can have a detrimental yet positive impact on the well-being of the planet and your local area.

During recent times, Qatar has been taking steps towards becoming sustainable, and this can be seen in the new stadiums being built to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 and initiatives being launched to promote the same.

We are currently generating resources, using energy, and producing waste at an unsustainable rate. This results in environmental problems like pollution and climate change, which impact the environment, wildlife, and humans.

Moreover, the lack of natural habitat can create an ideal environment for pathogens, including the coronavirus, to spread.

You can lower your carbon footprint and assist to address these challenges by adopting simple lifestyle adjustments.

As a result, we have put together a list of tips that can empower you to be more sustainable as a citizen or resident in Qatar.

Donate used items

It would be incredibly beneficial to the environment if more people choose to reuse, repurpose, or donate items such as apparel, toys, furniture, or electronic appliances so that they may start a new life somewhere else.

A circular economy would help in the creation of a more sustainable world in which things do not go to waste as quickly and everything is utilized to its full capacity.

Qatar Charity had launched its Tayf program with this specific goal in mind, allowing Qatari citizens and residents to donate clothes, shoes, children's toys, furniture, electrical or electronic appliances, jewelry, and much more.

To make this process easier, a number of Tayf containers can be found in Doha, Rayyan, Al Wakra, Umm Salal, Al Khor, Al Shamal, Ghuwairiya, Gamalieh, Jurayan Albatna, AlZaeayin, AlSakhama, and Shahaniya.

For more details on the location of these containers, kindly visit the link here.

Recycle plastic bottles

Single-use products, particularly those made of plastic, frequently wind up in landfills and the ocean, posing a threat to wildlife and the environment.

Avoid this by opting for reusable and environmentally friendly alternatives such as reusable water bottles, straws, and grocery bags.

And if you do have plastic bottles or aluminum cans lying around, you can take advantage of the recycling machines located at the Legtaifiya, Mansoura, Muraikh, Jeryan Nejaima, Leabaib 1, Thumama, Wakra South, and Nuaija Al Meera branches.

Moreover, you can earn ‘Meera Rewards’ upon recycling and submitting your receipts at the customer service counter.

Choose greener modes of transport

Did you know that transportation accounts for one-fifth of global carbon dioxide emissions in most countries? Making smart decisions when it comes to traveling around the country can reduce the overall carbon footprint.

With the introduction of metros, shuttle services, e-bicycles, and e-scooters, you are now able to access a variety of sustainable options in comparison to traditional modes of transport.

In addition to being cost and time-efficient, now would be the perfect time for you to avail of Qatar’s wide public transportation services to reduce the air and noise pollution in the country.

Ashghal had recently announced that a factory would be built in the country to produce electronic chargers for vehicles and buses. In line with being more sustainable, individuals who wish to purchase a new car could perhaps invest in an e-vehicle instead.  

Go paperless

After a quick ATM transaction or purchase at a store, saying no to paper receipts is a perfect yet simple way of being more sustainable in Qatar.

Using less paper would mean that fewer trees are being cut, in addition to reducing the usage of chemicals and water that paper-making demands.

If you’re an employee or owner of a business in Qatar, it is highly recommended that you make a switch to digital hardware which can offer a variety of perks for both the business and the environment.

Grow your own garden at home

Some of you may not be aware that you can grow your vegetable garden in the comfort of your home in Qatar. In fact, you can grow your own garden despite the harsh temperature or limited space available at your lovely home.

Growing flowers or veggies can be intimidating at first, but no matter what you plant or how much you grow, it is incredibly satisfying.

In a situation where you are faced with excess produce, you could always give away the excess to friends, relatives, or neighbors in your area.

If you are curious as to what you can grow, we highly recommend you check our article on how to grow your own vegetable garden at home.

Clean up your local area

Littering can damage the air, water, and soil, causing a variety of difficulties for the environment. As a result, it's critical to understand how it can affect one's quality of life.

We recommend that you choose a specific location to benefit from your efforts, such as your neighborhood street, the beach, or a local park.

Now that winter is almost here, you can opt to volunteer in activities such as beach clean-ups being hosted by some of the local communities or entities.

If you are ready to take a step towards sustainability, we also recommend you register and make your pledge for Qatar Sustainability Week 2021, which will be celebrated through various sustainability-focused initiatives and activities in the country from October 23 to 30 this year. 

Qatar Living salutes you for taking action and making the community safer and greener. 

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