Looking at the giant green arrow sign on Change Initiative’s building as I used to drive by Sheikh Zayed Road always used to raise my optimism and make me smile. This was a business that had managed to make a mark and provide an outlet encouraging ethical and sustainable consumerism in the city of Dubai, ‘The Shopping Capital of Middle East’.
What I’ll Miss
While attending environmental conferences and events on the floor above the shop in the past, I have often stopped to admire the quirkiness and creativity of the eco-friendly items and décor.
From buying eco-friendly kitchen utensils and walking around the shop intrigued when it first opened in 2012, to buying things four years later at the closing down sale on the 8th of this month, there’s a lot I will miss about this place.
The organic purple sweet potato chips I bought from the sale were some of the best chips I have ever tasted.
Making a Mark
The Change Initiative’s building was not only known for its sustainable products on sale but also for retailing from an environmentally sustainable building. The building is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified, the highest level of LEED rating and one can feel the difference. Here, the shop is maintained at room temperature when compared to shopping centers that provide an arctic experience with air conditioners blowing freezing cold air.
With solar panels and other water efficient measures in place, this retail organization has set the standard high for other corporations to come.
Even though the shop and the café are set to close on the 15th of September 2016, the company has stated that their brands and products would be available for its customers at various supermarkets around Dubai.
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