Banana Leaves As A Plastic Substitute Used By Supermarkets In Asia

Plastics are everywhere and we cannot deny that that our world is drowning in plastic, and as people are starting to realize the real extent of damage, thankfully moves are being made to save the environment.

As part we can hear different news about plastics in the ocean, dead whale because they accidentally ate plastics and seashores that instead of having a beautiful sand is still full with plastics.

In line with this, supermarkets in Vietnam have adopted an initiative from Thailand that makes use of banana leaves instead of plastic as a packaging alternative. It is like saving the world, one banana leaf at a time.

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Chiangmai, Thailand went trending on Facebook as they started the eco-friendly packaging after a local firm featured it on their page last week. The photos went viral on social media, having been shared over 17,000 times at the time of writing. Many people responded with their approval, with some writing that supermarkets everywhere should take a leaf (literally) out of their book. Because of this idea, Vietnamese supermarkets copied the idea and used it also on their packaging.

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Big supermarket chains in Vietnam, such as Lotte Mart, Saigon Co.op, and Big C,have all started to follow in the Thai store’s footsteps by experimenting with banana leaves as a packaging alternative in their stores as well.

Speaking to VnExpress, a representative from Lotte Mart said the company is experimenting with using leaves in one location, though they intend to make the change nationwide in the future.

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Natural resources can be used for more than packaging, as one Vietnamese man proved when doing his bit for the planet by creating biodegradable straws out of grass.

It’s vital we do everything we can to reduce our plastic usage; these kinds of changes are the ones which will save the planet.

This is indeed a clever idea, I hope sooner Philippines would adopt this kind of way so that plastics can be reduced in every market.