Abu Dhabi: 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 Muqeet to think about
eco-friendly ideas -- what he could do personally and how he could
get other people to act, the Gulf News reported.
Every day after school, Abdul Muqeet 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
His schoolmates have nicknamed the bags "Abdul Muqeet Bags", and
he is popularly known as the "paper bag boy".
Abdul Muqeet 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
"I tell them that recycling one tonne of paper saves 17 trees," he
Abdul Muqeet has held demonstrations in Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi Mall, Khalidiya Mall, Jimi Mall in Al Ain, Dubai Festival City and Dubai
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.