Date:May 31, 2020

Thailand Supermarket Returns to Leaves Packaging Instead of Plastic

Environmental and global changes we are currently facing are leading towards the education of people about these issues and the decrease in plastic consumption everywhere around us.

Even recycling plastic is not a solution, as we still use it, and of the 9 billion tonnes of plastic ever produced, only 9% of that has been recycled. The United Nations Environment Programme has estimated that by the year 2050 there will be 12 billion tonnes everywhere, in the environment, landfills and oceans.

Of all this plastic waste, drinking bottles, food wrappers, cigarette butts, and grocery bags are considered to be the biggest contributors. All this plastic will stay in landfills for up to 1000 years creating toxic gas, polluting the earth and killing numerous innocent creatures in the oceans. Therefore, it should be one of the main goals of society to educate people to understand that a plastic we use for a couple of seconds takes up to 1000 years to decompose.

A Thailand supermarket came up with an idea to play its role in decreasing plastic consumption: wrapping its produce in banana leaves. This type of packaging not only decreases the use of plastic but it is also cost-efficient.

When packaging vegetables, they are simply wrapped in a banana leaf and secured by a piece of bamboo. These leaves are a great alternative to plastic as they are large and thick enough to be folded.
Recently, China is concentrated on recycling their waste and has stopped importing trash from around the world. Before, over 30% of the world’s waste would end up in China causing a belief that Asian countries are creating most of the waste in the world. Therefore, these countries, including Vietnam and Thailand, are looking for new ideas to avoid the use of plastic.

One of these ideas was this new, eco-friendly way to pack goods by avoiding plastic packaging. Whereas, as in more temperate locations the use of banana leaves could be significantly more expensive than plastic, using biodegradable products could be a good alternative in places where bananas don’t grow.

One of the team members of Perfect Homes Chiangmai noticed a new way of reducing plastic which Rimping Supermarket was using, took photos of their shelves and decided to share them. This post had more than 3.5 million views and over 17 thousand shares. This idea became something that people can encourage more supermarkets to use and it already showed that they loved the idea.

Some people noticed that not everything on the shelves was plastic-free. The supermarket responded that this is not easy to achieve as many products come pre-packaged and many companies wrap their products in plastic since it’s the easiest and cheapest option. But they said they are taking one step at a time and trying their best.

If everyone would opt for banana leaf packaging then there would not be any stocking in plastic and this would also drive other great ideas forward!

More info: Perfect Homes Chiangmai

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