Sowing seeds for a greener future


The plantable paper is compressed with basil seeds and the paper can be cut up and planted in soil, making it more than just biodegradable.

RESIDENTS of the KL East township in Kuala Lumpur were treated to a fun-filled day out amid nature last Saturday.

Sime Darby Property Bhd hosted the special community initiative which featured hiking sessions, a leaf art workshop and a plantable paper project as part of its Beyond 50 campaign.

The campaign is part of the company’s half-century milestone, and it is positioning itself as a “Force for Good” for the next 50 years by creating a legacy of positive economic, social and low-carbon environmental impacts.

Centred around the pillars of people, planet, businesses and economies, the Beyond 50 campaign aims to strive for a future where progress and nature exist in harmony.

The event started off with a hike through the 21.4ha KL East Park, exclusively for The Veo and The Ridge residents and PRIME members.

The park, to be officially open to the public next February, is part of the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge – the largest natural formation of quartz in the world – and is home to more than 300 species of trees, herbs and palms, as well as some fascinating wildlife.

KL East Park is one of the many initiatives designed for the benefit of the community, while also preserving the surrounding nature of the area – in line with Sime Darby Property Bhd’s 2030 Sustainability Goals.

Sime Darby Property, in collaboration with Star Media Group, provided plantable basil seed paper attached to The Star newspaper and distributed to participants at its milestone event. — Photos: AZMAN GHANI/The StarSime Darby Property, in collaboration with Star Media Group, provided plantable basil seed paper attached to The Star newspaper and distributed to participants at its milestone event. — Photos: AZMAN GHANI/The Star

After the immersive 2km-long hike – which featured a picturesque view of the KL city skyline at the peak – participants then soaked up the morning sun and enjoyed themselves in multiple outdoor engagement activities.

These included the leaf art workshop, where they got to create their masterpieces with leaves they picked up from their hike.

There was also a section for giant bubble-blowing where children (and a few adults) could play in the fresh air.

The most notable activity of the day was the Plantable Paper project, which was carried out in collaboration with Star Media Group.

Upon completion of the hike, participants were given a copy of the day’s The Star newspaper, and a piece of plantable basil seed paper attached to it.

The plantable paper is compressed with basil seeds, which means that the paper could be cut up and planted in soil. All one has to do is water it and give it some sunshine.

Sime Darby Property pledged that it would aim to triple the number of trees in its various townships by 2030 for every basil seed paper planted at the event, with participants having to share their paper planting journeys on social media using the hashtag #SDPPlantablePaper.

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