To Fight Plastic Menace Super Markets Using Banana Leaves for Packaging

Author : OdishaTodayBureau | Posted on: 2019-06-01

In today’s society, the main goal should be to reduce plastic consumption and to educate people on the environmental and global changes and problems that we are currently facing.


While a lot of us believe that recycling will solve the problem, and they continue using plastic, it is actually the complete opposite.


In 2013 trash of 254 million tonnes was produced in the U.S. alone, and only around 30% was recycled. This means that the rest ended up in a landfill and will stay there for up to 1000 years creating toxic gas, polluting the earth and even ending up in the oceans killing many innocent creatures.

Since most of us don’t get to see the reality, which is often hidden from us, there is an important task to educate people and to open their eyes to understand that the plastic packaging that we use for a couple of seconds will take up to 1000 years to decompose.


One supermarket chain in Vietnam and Thailand is doing its part by replacing all of its plastic packaging material with a more eco-friendly option. They are opting banana leaves.


Rimping supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand earned praise on Facebook for coming up with the eco-friendly packaging after a local firm featured it on their page last week.


The novel idea, which was an instant hit among netizens, soon caught the attention of Vietnamese supermarkets.


Large 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.


In an interview with media, a representative from the Lotte Mart chain shared that they are still in the testing phase but are planning to replace plastic with leaves nationwide very soon.


Aside from wrapping vegetables and fruits, the grocery chain intends to also use the leaves for fresh meat products.


Customers have since been applauding the effort worldwide.


“When I see vegetables wrapped in these beautiful banana leaves I’m more willing to buy in larger quantities,” a local customer named Hoa was quoted as saying. “I think this initiative will help locals be more aware of protecting the environment.”


The use of the leaves as packaging is a welcome addition to the numerous other efforts establishments in Vietnam are experimenting with to reduce plastic waste, according to media.


There are other plans in place, too. Big C supermarket has already started using biodegradable bags made from corn.

With Vietnam ranking number 4 in the world for the most amount of plastic waste dumped into the ocean, such efforts are of the utmost importance.


According to recent report it states the incredible amount of plastic waste generated by Vietnamese people, disposing of about 2,500 tons of plastic waste per day. As a Vice report noted, banning or reducing single-use plastic bags in supermarkets is a growing trend in Asia.


South Korea recently banned the use of disposable plastic bags, requiring supermarkets and other commercial establishments to provide recyclable containers to customers


Singapore supermarkets have also been launching campaigns informing the public on the need to reduce plastic bag use. Meanwhile, Taiwanese shops have started charging for single-use plastic bags to discourage customers from using them.

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