Cloth Bag Bank opens its doors to kick off plastic from Gurugram
Conceived to curb the usage of plastic bags in Gurugram, Cloth Bag Bank & Skill Development Centre (supported by Federation of Indian Industry – FII), an initiative of Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) & Buland Awaaz aims to increase its production line and add more skill development work in its portfolio.
Present on occasion were MLA Sudhir Singla, Mr Deepak Jain, Director General FII, Harbhajan Singh – Chairman (CSR, FII), Vineeta Jerath Grover – Chairperson (Women Empowerment, FII & Editor SUBURB magazine), Advocate Ritu Kapoor (Co-chairperson, Women Empowerment, Fii) Neena Wagh – Chairperson (Persons with Special needs & Founder of Alaap), Deepak Maini, General Secretary (FII Haryana Chapter), Arvind Singhla -Chairperson (Traffic & Road Safety – FII) and PK Gupta – President Secretary (Sector 37, FII, Gurugram)
The newly inaugurated centre aims to reduce plastic waste from the city by promoting the use of cloth and jute bags in Gurugram. The civic bodies have been campaigning to stop the use of plastic bags by shopkeepers and individuals and shift to environment-friendly methods since Gurugram is struggling to eliminate its non-degradable plastic waste.
Kuldeep, the co-founder of Buland Awaz & Sarika Devi, the operations head of Cloth Bank, informs that since December 2020, the Cloth Bag Bank has manufactured two lakh five thousand bags.
According to official sources, the initiative has reduced ten lakh twenty-five thousand polythene bags from the marketplace.
The new set-up of the Cloth Bank with the support of the Federation of Indian Industry expects to reach greater heights. “We are happy to extend our all possible support to the initiative and not just by increasing the manufacturing capacity but also by exploring newer marketing tie-ups for the centre,” said Harbhajan Singh.
Vineeta Jerath Grover enthusiastically added, “we are looking at reaching out to more women who can benefit from this centre. In the coming festive season, not just cloth bags, the unit is working to produce a line of corporate gifts as well. It’s high time that we believe in the power of handmade products, create conducive work opportunities for the underprivileged section, make women aware of their legal rights and build opportunities for people with special needs.
Deepak Jain promised to support more self-sustainable projects and help in building a circular economy, supporting less privileged sections by starting health, women empowerment and sports facilities in Haryana.
FII has its presence across India and has international chapters in 45 countries, making a global footprint.