A sustainable alternative to plastic, banana leaf is 100% organic and biodegradable

You, of course, have already noticed how plastic packaging dominates supermarket aisles – often even unnecessarily. Many establishments, however, have been trying to get around this global problem, such as a Dutch supermarket that opened the world's first zero plastic runner, only with biodegradable packaging.

Another market, this time in Thailand, innovated by using banana leaves to package their products. The idea, disclosed by the inspiring website reasons to believe, appeared at Rimping Supermarket, in Chiangmai, who shared a photo of the products wrapped in leaves on their social networks. It didn't take long for the content to go viral and become a real success in the country and the world, gaining the support of thousands of people.

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Photo: Rimping Supermarket

But what is the advantage of using banana leaves instead of plastic? For starters, especially in tropical regions, banana leaves are easily found and can even be harvested at no cost. The sheets are still large and thick, protecting the products, in addition to being very flexible and resistant to humidity and cold (and can even be used in products that require refrigeration). Apart from that, there is still the environmental part, as plastic is responsible for 60% of the waste present in the oceans, while the banana leaf is an organic and biodegradable 100% material.

Photo: Rimping Supermarket

sustainable practice


The idea, although quite sustainable, is not exactly new. The practice of using banana leaf to package food was already used in some regions of Mexico, Hawaii and even Brazil, where ancient indigenous tribes were also adept at the sustainable resource. In Southeast Asia, the leaf is also widely used to wrap rice pudding.

Photo: Rimping Supermarket

In addition to avoiding plastic disposal from nature, green banana packaging becomes material for composting, serving as fertilizer to nourish the soil and produce new food. This is a practice that could easily be applied in other supermarkets out there and shows that, many times, the solution for a more sustainable world can be simple, cheap and efficient.

Photo: Rimping Supermarket

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