The Weekend Leader - Paper bag boy

Ten-year old Indian boy in UAE helps save environment

Abu Dhabi


Vol 3 | Issue 15

A 10-year-old Indian boy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is doing his own bit to save the environment. Every day, he makes paper bags and distributes them to supermarkets, stores and malls.

Abdul Muqeet started his project when he was only eight. Abdul's father explained to him the negative impact the non-biodegradable plastic bags have on nature.
This led Abdul to think about eco-friendly ideas -- what he could do personally and how he could get other people to act, the Gulf News reported.

Abdul Muqeet receives an award from General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

Every day after school, Abdul began making bags from old newspapers. In two years, he has made and distributed about 4,500 bags to supermarkets, stores and malls.

"I make 10-15 bags a day, except on exam days," Abdul said.

His schoolmates have nicknamed the bags "Abdul Muqeet Bags", and he is popularly known as the "paper bag boy".

Abdul is never shy about stopping a stranger in a supermarket to deliver his message. He waits at the check-out counters and politely asks for a minute of their time to talk about the environment.

"I tell them that recycling one tonne of paper saves 17 trees," he said.

Abdul has held demonstrations in Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi Mall, Khalidiya Mall, Jimi Mall in Al Ain, Dubai Festival City and Dubai Marina Mall.

His mother Andaleeb Fatima said Abdul has received several awards for his commitment to environmental conservation.

His parents now accompany him to his demonstrations.

"When we saw his enthusiasm, we wanted to nurture his interest. I want to tell mothers that every child can give back to the community," she said. - IANS

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