Supermarkets In Asia Are Now Using Banana Leaves In Place Of Plastic Packaging

Supermarkets In Asia Are Now Using Banana Leaves In Place Of Plastic Packaging

Rimping supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand used banana leaves instead of plastic to pack their produce and their post was filled with a lot of interesting comments. Countries like Taiwan and South Korea to follow suit.

Banana leaves have always kind of been in use for a while in different parts of Asia. Some places, like India, use it to cook food, while other places like Thailand also use it to serve food in. The use of banana leaves are endless and now, a supermarket in Thailand has used banana leaves for packaging instead of their usual plastic packing. According to Epoch Times, Rimping supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand is probably one of the first stores to use them on such a large scale. The use of plastic might be beneficial to us, but have you thought about the consequences? First off, it is poisoning the surface of the Earth, including the sea. HUGE whales are washing up to the shore, dead, with huge amounts of plastic in their system. 


If plastic is poisoning the sea, then it is highly likely it is poisoning us, too. We consume seafood items, which means, we are indirectly poisoning ourselves, too. According to the UN Environment, nearly one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, while up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. That is a LOT of plastic, and sadly, most of it is designed for single use, so the waste just keeps piling up. 


A Facebook page decided to share how Rimping supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand used banana leaves instead of plastic to pack their produce and their post was filled with a lot of interesting comments about how people appreciated the gesture as this was one step towards the right direction to eliminate the use of plastic. Lita Go Tjandra recalled: When I was small (in the '60s) when we went to the wet market, the vendors would use large leaves (of a particular type of tree) and/or banana leaves. Hooray if we go back to that! And we would bring our own basket to put our shopping in.


Virgie Panga Watts Tropical pointed out a valid concern: places can use banana leaves as a wrapper but in other places banana leaves are expensive. Deveni Temu said: Our people have used banana leaf wrappers since time immemorial. Corrine Create asked: How about people have just grown food in their own garden then we don't need to buy it from a supermarket! Well, not everyone has that kind of time or patience to grow veggies and fruits. 


Since the early 1950s, more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced, according to researchers. Also, since then, the rate of plastic production has grown faster than that of any other material. There's also been a very visible shift from durable plastic to single-use stuff that just ends up in a landfill after being used. More than 99% of plastics are produced from chemicals derived from oil, natural gas, and coal. If the current trend continues, it's been estimated that nearly 20% of the world's oil consumption could be made by the plastic industry around 2050. 


Every time you smoke, not only are you killing yourself and polluting the environment with smoke, but you're also adding to plastic pollution. Each cigarette butt contains tiny plastic fibers and they are the most common type of plastic waste found in the environment in a recent global survey. It's not just cigarettes. Drink bottles, bottle caps, food wrappers, grocery bags, drink lids, straws, and stirrers were the next most common items. We use all of this on a daily basis without really knowing just where they might end up. 


Since plastic is such a durable material, it makes it very difficult for nature to break it down. Plastic can disintegrate and become smaller in size, and it is then ingested by farm animals or fish who mistake them for food and thus, can find their way onto our dinner plates. Several places across the world are now trying to reduce the use of plastic and Vietnam, which is currently fourth on the global list of ocean plastic polluting nations, is trying their bit to reduce plastic consumption. 


South Korea recently banned single-use plastic bags and packaging, which means shops need to provide their customers with an alternative method.  Taiwan has started charging people for using plastic bags and Singapore is running several campaigns to get people to completely stop using plastic items. The biggest change was done by China that banned the use of super thin plastic bags since 2008. Since then, the use of plastic bags has dropped 66 percent and they've kept more than 40 billion bags out of the ocean. If all of us take one small step to reduce the use of plastic in our daily lives, we might be able to turn this thing around and actually save our planet. 


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