Cargill Business Services, a unit of Cargill India, attempted to enter Limca Book of records by making 27.707 paper bags in the record time of 40 minutes. This was a joint initiative of Cargill Business Services and United way Bengaluru, an NGO. Cargill provides numerous food, industrial and agricultural products and services to the world. Recently, the company organised a mass volunteering event across the world for the duration of 3 months starting for April, Earth day to June, Environmental Day. These events involved 8,316 employees in 39 countries logged over 11,000 volunteer hour.
The event in Bangalore was initiated with an intention of curbing plastic pollution. The bags which were made via used papers were distributed to the local vendors in the city with the help of the NGO United way.
Lalitha Indrakanti, Managing Director and Center Leader, Cargill Business Services said “By taking this challenge upon ourselves to make a record number of paper bags, we aim to raise awareness about environment. Reducing use of plastic bags in our daily lives and by distributing the paper bags made today to local vendors we want to encourage a positive shift to using recycled paper instead of plastic wherever possible. At Cargill, we are committed to such initiatives that help in having a greater impact on the community we live and work in.”
Manish Michael, CEO, United Way of Bengaluru, also addressed the audience. He said, “Plastic pollution has a serious impact on environment. This is a great initiative taken by Cargill which is the need of the hour that will help in spreading awareness towards more eco-friendly replacements. We are glad to reach out to 2,000 street vendors for this initiative and help inculcate use of bags made from used paper for themselves and their customers as part of this initiative”.
Cargill has been taking numerous initiatives towards a better environment. Cargill India employees were recently involved in creating Miyawaki forest, a technique recognised to grow saplings 10 times faster than the usual. In another lead, more than 100 Cargill employees along with the NGO Say Tree, created seed balls to contribute towards afforestation. In India, in the span of 5 years, Cargill’s movements have impacted over 3.2 million lives.