Cargill attempts Limca Book of Records as part of its commitment towards sustainability

June 21, 2018, National: Cargill Business Services, a unit of Cargill India attempted to enter the prestigious Limca Book of Records today by making 27,707 paper bags in a record time of 40 mins. The attempt was part of the company’s efforts towards reducing environment impact keeping in mind the rising concern towards use of plastic. Through its partnership with United Way of Bengaluru, the bags made from used paper will be distributed to street vendors in the city.

As part ofits commitment to sustainability and community engagement, the company alsolaunched the India edition of its Corporate Responsibility & SustainableDevelopment Report 2017-18. In India over the last five years, Cargill’stargeted corporate responsibility initiatives under three focus areas namely, nourishingour world, protecting our planet and enriching our communities haveimpacted 3.2 million lives. 

Cargill’spurpose is to be a leader in nourishing the world in a safe, responsible andsustainable way. As part of the commitment towards sustainable environmentinitiatives, over 1000 employees of Cargill Business Services made these paperbags from old newspaper and magazines donated by employees with the objectiveof reducing use of plastic bags in the region. United Way of Bengaluru, anon-profit organization that seeks to engage with and empower local communitieshas partnered with Cargill on this initiative and will be distributing thepaper bags created today to over 2000 street vendors in key market places inBengaluru. 

Opening theevent, Lalitha Indrakanti, Managing Director and Center Leader, CargillBusiness Services said “By taking this challenge upon ourselves tomake a record number of paper bags, we aim to raise awareness aboutenvironment. Reducing use of plastic bags in our daily lives and bydistributing the paper bags made today to local vendors we want to encourage apositive shift to using recycled paper instead of plastic whereverpossible.  At Cargill, we are committed to such initiatives that help inhaving a greater impact on the community we live and work in.” 

Speaking onthe occasion, Manish Michael, CEO, United Way of Bengaluru said,“Plastic pollution has a serious impact on environment. This is a greatinitiative taken by Cargill which is the need of the hour that will help inspreading awareness towards more eco-friendly replacements. We are glad toreach out to 2,000 street vendors for this initiative and help inculcate use ofbags made from used paper for themselves and their customers as part of thisinitiative”.

Cargill hasbeen working consistently on environment led initiatives. Cargill employees inBengaluru participated in creating Miyawaki forest , a technique which is knownto grow saplings ten times faster than the usual plantation method. Employeesplanted over 50 native plant species including Jackfruit, Mango, Neem etc. Inanother initiative, over 100 Cargill Business Services employees along with NGOSay Trees, participated in creating seed balls also known as ‘earth balls’ tocontribute towards afforestation drive. These seed ball consists of variety ofdifferent seeds rolled within a ball of clay and then planted in the soil forbetter germination.

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