Apparel Group's F&B brands replace plastic straws in UAE restaurants

This move will divert around 1 million plastic straws from UAE landfill sites and the ocean each year

Apparel Group's FB brands replace plastic straws in UAE restaurants

Dubai : Apparel Group’s F&B brands have begun replacing plastic straws with paper straws across its restaurants, cafes and home delivery services. This move will divert around 1 million plastic straws from UAE landfill sites and the ocean each year.

Cold Stone Creamery, Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria, Molten Chocolate Cafe, NYC PIZZA have already replaced plastic with paper straws in the UAE. Plastic straws are harmful to the environment because they do not biodegrade, instead it slowly breaks into micro plastics, which is commonly mistaken for food by sea animals. More than one million seabirds worldwide die every year from choking on plastic straws.

"Removing plastic straws is a step towards saving planet earth. Through elimination of single-use plastic, our mission is to continue to explore biodegradable and lasting sustainable solutions for our businesses and make a difference.” said Sima Ganwani Ved, Founder and Chairwoman, Apparel Group.

In 2019, Apparel Group replaced 10 million single-use plastic shopping bags across 1,750 stores with reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable alternatives. In addition, Apparel Group diverts returned and damaged inventory from landfill by partnering up with recyclers that repurpose the products and use it in different industries as part of the circular economy.

In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, Apparel Group utilises solar energy for its headquarters and warehouses in Jebel Ali, which recently received the LEED Platinum certificate.  

Cold Stone Creamery

For more than 30 years we’ve served up the finest, freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes using only the highest quality ingredients, and of course, our signature process of preparing your custom ice cream creation on a frozen granite stone. At Cold Stone Creamery, we are proud of our heritage as Ice Cream Innovators. This heritage is based on a tradition of continuously redefining plain old regular ice cream into something truly extraordinary. Around here, we call every ice cream we serve a "Creation™" – because each one is a work of art. Freshly made, smooth, creamy ice cream blended on a frozen granite stone with endless combinations – fruits, nuts, candy, cookies, brownies – you can mix in to your heart’s content.

Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria

Jamie Oliver's Pizzeria is a celebration of the Italian way of eating. We’re all about simple, honest food prepared with fresh ingredients and bold flavours, served up in a buzzing, authentic and family-friendly environment. From classic toppings to adventurous flavours, this is the ultimate pizza experience. Our traditional, hand-tossed Neapolitan dough is baked to perfection every time. When it comes to toppings, we respect the classics (we’re looking at you, Margherita), but we’re also not afraid to break the rules with our exciting international flavours, and we embrace local tastes, too. So, whether you’re after a slice of adventure or a hunk of comfort, we’ve got you covered.

Molten Chocolate Café

At Molten Chocolate Café-the word chocolate brings joy to our hearts and smiles to our faces. A rich and loving chocolate experience is at heart of what makes Molten Chocolate Café the prime destination of chocolate lovers. The Molten Chocolate Café as the name suggests is the heaven for Chocolate lovers. We believe in emphasizing the quality of our ingredients that we use in our desserts . We pride ourselves of a great selection of chocolate confectionaries that are not only creative but carefully prepared to achieve the highest standard of quality and taste. We want you to smile at every touch point from the taste, smell, touch & sight of our finest Belgian chocolate - a rich chocolate made with 100% cocoa butter.


The pizza lover’s pizza! We’ve got our famous New York style pizzas, freshly made pastas, healthy and delicious salads, all available to satisfy your taste buds and craving. We promise to make you happy with our wide selection of hand stretched pizzas made with fresh ingredients!


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