In recent years, we have been seeing more and more effort to reduce the use of plastic in our daily lives. On commercial level, one supermarket in Thailand has a brilliant solution of replacing plastic packaging with banana leaves and we love it!
The eco-friendly idea was adopted by Rimping Supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand.
From photos, we can see that Rimping is starting to use banana leaves to wrap their vegetable produce and hold them together with a natural tie.
Unlike plastics, leaves are organic. They can be composed, banana leaves add nutrients to the soil, and they act as a hearty compost for gardens. This makes them a perfect solution for our environment.
Certainly, not all leaves are suitable for packaging but the size of banana leaves are wide, thick and flexible enough to allow them to be folded without breaking.
The waxy surface of banana leaves gives them strong water-proofing quality and makes them more durable when contacted with water from the vegetable produce.
Aesthetically, these green leaves add an individual touch and give a sense of liveliness to the items wrapped.
Banana leaves are available all year round in Thailand, the land of a thousand smiles. They grow fast in tropical climate and none of the leaves contain any toxins, dyes or irritants.
For centuries, banana leaves have been a part of Asians culinary culture. The most popular would be the Indians who have been using banana leaves to plate their popular rice dish and the Chinese, Thais, Vietnamese and Malays have been known to use leaves as food wrappers too.
Rimping Supermarket has certainly made a great decision on this. Not only is it giving a positive impact on our environment, but it is highly possible that they will start the trend of reducing plastic from commercial level.