Navesta launched our Ape Shramadana Campaign on June 5, 2019 parallel to World Environment Day as part of our corporate commitment to our community and Mother Nature. Shramadana means an “offering of one’s strengths and commitment on a voluntary basis to the welfare of lesser fortunate human beings”, or rather, corporate social responsibility.
Navesta’s staff cleaned the premises of Navesta’s Horana factory as well as the roads leading to Milwlewa Junction, a 3 kilometer stretch of road and land. Teams collected garbage, polytene, and plastics; which are harmful to the environment and natural habitat of wildlife in the area. Improper disposal of garbage and plastics not only create an environmental concern, it also holds health ramifications as plastic waste fosters the breeding ground for diseases such as dengue; while garbage can contaminate clean water supplies, leading to numerous health implications for the surrounding community.
A tree planting ceremony was also held in conjunction as an initiative to sequester Navesta’s carbon footprint. A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester one (1) ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old. Navesta planted ten (10) trees, which will offset approximately* half a ton of the company’s carbon footprint in this next year.
*A tree is able to absorb as much as 48 pounds (22 kg) of carbon dioxide per year.