Plastic is replaced by banana leaves in a supermarket chain in in Chiangmai, Thailand. Doing its part to stem the tide of single-use plastics flooding into the ocean.

While most supermarkets bundle their strawberries in plastic boxes, their corn in plastic shrink wrap and their mushrooms in plastic produce bags, this grocer has come up with an innovative, eco-friendly solution.

Banana leaves are a plentiful and nearly free resource, except for the cost of gathering them.

They’ve been used for millennia as plates and food wrappers and are still used as stylish serving dishes today in Indian and Filipino restaurants.

Banana leaves are said to lend a special flavor to a dish and can even be used to steam foods like Vietnamese sausage.

Not only do the leaves make for a lovely presentation, but it is believed that an enzyme on the leaf, which is released into the food, aids in digestion.

This, while plastic only sent chemicals to the food which are not good for the human health.

There are lots of benefits to be found in using banana leaves as a material to pack products. It’s organic, better for our health and better for our environment.

We have to switch to other ways of packing our products in order to save our planet.

So instead of contaminating our produce with hormone-disrupting BPA, we could actually be making it more nutritious.

Now the benefits of the banana leaf are being expanded beyond fine dining and into the grocery store. They’re large, flexible and waterproof, making for sturdy packaging.

Lettuce packed in Banana leaves

Researchers in Sri Lanka have also perfected a technique for curing banana leaves so they can be kept for more than a month under refrigerated conditions without any change in color or quality.

Replacing plastic with banana leaves is the future.

Source: Mothership

Credits images: Perfect Homes Chiang Mai