Banana Leaves Have Replaced Plastic Packaging In Asian Supermarkets
Single-use plastic has been making waves in the news ever since it became apparent just how harmful it can be. In 2016, the world produced more than 35 million metric tons of plastic, and half of that was for single use items like plastics packaging, bottles, and straws.
However, things are changing around the world now, as this issue comes to the forefront.
Check out how one supermarket chain in Asia has done its part – with praise from consumers!
One Supermarket Has Begun To Package Their Produce In Banana Leaves
Rimping Supermarket in Chiang Mai, Thailand, recently decided to swap out their single-use plastic wrappers for banana leaves. The banana leaves are now used to keep bunches of cucumbers, peppers, and beans together.
On each of the banana leaves is a sticker with the barcode, product, and notice that the leaves and food are pesticide free. While the stickers are still single-use plastic, getting rid of plastic packaging is a step forward for grocery stores.
Banana Leaves Have Been Used All Around The World
In Hawaii, there is a long tradition of using banana leaves to wrap food during pig roasts – and in other Central and South American countries, banana leaves have been used to wrap tamales. Asia also uses the leaves to wrap and serve sticky rice.
In fact, grocery stores used to wrap their produce in banana leaves until a banana leaf shortage made plastic cheaper to buy.
People Quickly Praised The Supermarket
It was Perfect Homes Chiangmai’s Facebook post that allowed the eco-packaging to go viral. After congratulating the supermarket on their page, more than 3.5 million people viewed the post and over 17,000 people shared it.
Some people began to recall how the farmer’s markets they frequented as children also used reeds or straw to wrap vegetables. Commentators even began to ask where they can buy banana leaves to package their own produce at home with.
There Are More Ways To Make A Difference At The Grocery Store
If you love the idea of minimizing your own use of plastic then try a few of these other tips and tricks at the grocery store. Start by shopping in bulk. Bring your own cloth bags or glass containers to fill up on rice, cereal, and pasta. Just be sure to weigh the container first at the checkout.
You can also choose to shop with reusable bags and bring small mesh bags to keep your own produce together.
Every little action can make a big difference!
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