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Indian 'Paper Bag Boy' in UAE Helps Save Environment

Abu Dhabi: Indian 'Paper Bag Boy' in UAE Helps Save Environment

Abu Dhabi, Apr 15 (IANS):
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.

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.

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  • Faris, Airport road

    Wed, Mar 19 2014

    Abdoo..... My bestie! May god bless u..... I wish u will be successful in your mission!

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  • Alen, Sharjah

    Sat, Feb 9 2013

    God bless you Abdul.... All the best for your future efforts from - http://fptuae.com

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  • Andaleeb Mannan, Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Apr 24 2012

    I am the mother of Abdul Muqeet would like to say thanks to daijiworld for publishing the news and all readers who have commented ,and encouraging Abdul with your kind words ...u can visit his fan pg. on face book....THE PAPER BAG BOY...and can see all his latest activites....once again thanks to all

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  • Praveen Bangera, Kaup/Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 16 2012

    He is really a wonder boy. God bless you Abdul. Once I have seen a photo in Gulf News wherein some camels died after consuming plastics over a period of time which were left behind by Desert Safari goers. Abdul you are wonderful... keep up the goodwork and God Bless you dear.

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  • B.A.NAINAR, HOTEL RESIDENCY GATE, above hotel royal darbar,BENDOOR WELL KANKANADI, MANGALORE-2

    Mon, Apr 16 2012

    congarts muqeel, well done beta well done, this is your first attempt dont loose your confidence keep it up our bless with you all ways,and pray to god, best of luck...

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  • Francis, Doha

    Mon, Apr 16 2012

    God bless you son and may your mission awaken much more people(including self) to contribute towards protecting the nature in their own little ways as you do.

    All the very best

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  • Vicky Chopra, Manipal/Chandigarh

    Sun, Apr 15 2012

    Good initiative taken by Abdul. Let his work inspired to all. Disadvantage of using plastic are it's not bio-degradable due to which clog roadside drains and sewage pipes, blocking the flow of water. Every year around 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide.

    It is said that manufacturer's are busy making bags 21 microns thick. In kerala it is 30 microns.but there are some states like Himachal Pradesh who have banned it completely.

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  • Shivaprasad Shetty, Kateel / Dubai

    Sun, Apr 15 2012

    Gr8 work Abdul.. keep it up God bless you.

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  • Jennet Prescilla, Mangalore Muscat

    Sun, Apr 15 2012

    God Bless you Abdul for your contribution towards saving the God Given gift to Man our Earth. The zeal and effort of this little boy is commendable and the people who do not think twice while pulling out tissue after tissue from the boxes and allow the water to run while washing their hands, should hang their head in shame.
    Congratulations to Abdul's parents too for inculcating such high values in their Son. May your tribe increase Abdul and may you be able to influence others too in this direction

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  • Vijay R.D , Karkala

    Sun, Apr 15 2012

    This Boy is good Example to our society, where we have very less knowldge about Environment, I urge media instead of covering and praising achivement of celebraties, please focus on this type of awarenss programs and give valuable contribution to save our mother Earth. thanks to Daiji World....

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  • Najam, Bajpe

    Sun, Apr 15 2012

    Jug Jug Jeeyo Abdul.

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  • Hindustani, Manipal/Dubai

    Sun, Apr 15 2012

    Congartualtions ''THE GREAT PAPER BOY OF INDIA'' .''A NOBLE CAUSE''..KEEP IT UP.''MAY GOD BLESS''

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  • vivian, dubai

    Sun, Apr 15 2012

    Good Job by Abdul Muqeet ... In india if u give Paper or any old iteams to Gujiri guy, he will recyle and we will get some money..but in foreign countries very less people thinkg about recyling.bcoz no advantage .Selfish people.everthing goes to dust bin.

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