A forward-thinking supermarket chain in Thailand is doing its part to save the environment by eliminating single-use plastics flooding into the ocean.
Contrary to most supermarkets way of packing their fruits and vegetables using plastic containers, wraps or trays, this grocer has come up with an ingenious, innovative, eco-friendly idea.
Banana leaves are available in abundance and nearly free to get, except for the cost of collecting them.
In the Asia-Pacific region, banana leaves have been used for centuries as food wrappers and plates and are still used today in some traditional dishes .
They are said to lend a special flavor to food and can even be used as a wrap to steam foods like meat or vegetable.
Not only do the leaves look good when used as a presentation piece, but it is also believed that some enzymes in the leaves released into the food during cooking aids in digestion.
So instead of poisoning our food with dangerous BPA, we could actually be making it more healthy and nutritious.
Now the advantages of the banana leaf are being used beyond fine dining and into the supermarkets. They are large, waterproof and flexible, making it an ideal choice for sturdy packaging.
Curing banana leaves is a popular technique in Sri Lanka, that allow for the banana leaves to be kept it the fridge for more than a month without any change in quality or color.
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