Thai supermarket Rimping is now using banana leaves as packaging instead of plastic.
The leaves are used to hold together bunches of chillies, spring onions, and peppers, with a flexible piece of bamboo tied to keep everything in place.
In tropical countries, banana leaves are a perfect alternative to plastic wraps as they’re readily available, and often get discarded otherwise.
The Chiang Mai-based supermarket – which is primarily aimed at non-Thai customers who live, work or stay in Thailand for extended periods – has found a biodegradable packaging that can be composted afterwards. Although Rimping still use some plastic for the label, they have significantly reduced the need for single-use plastic with the banana leaves packaging.
News of the banana leaf packaging was posted on Facebook by a local real estate company in the city, Perfect Homes, where it garnered widespread attention globally, with over 16,500 shares.
Images Credit: Perfect Homes Facebook page
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