Eco Friendly Packaging: Asia Sets Example

Supermarkets in Asia are Now Using Banana Leaves Instead of Plastic Packaging to wrap and package most of their fruits and vegetables.

Reports say supermarkets in Vietnam have adopted an initiative from Thailand that makes use of banana leaves instead of plastic as a packaging alternative.

For example, Rimping supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand reportedly earned accolades on Facebook for coming up with the eco-friendly packaging after a local firm featured it on their page last week.

The new idea, which was an instant hit among netizens, soon caught the attention of Vietnamese supermarkets.

In an interview with VnExpress, a representative from the Lotte Mart chain shared that they are still in the testing phase but are planning to replace plastic with leaves nationwide very soon.

Big supermarket chains in Vietnam, such as Lotte Mart, Saigon Co.op, and Big C,have have all started to follow in the Thai store’s footsteps by experimenting with banana leaves as a packaging alternative in their stores as well.

Aside from wrapping vegetables and fruits, the grocery chain intends to also use the leaves for fresh meat products.

Customers have since been applauding the effort.

…cucumbers wrapped in leaves

“When I see vegetables wrapped in these beautiful banana leaves I’m more willing to buy in larger quantities,” a local customer named Hoa was quoted as saying. “I think this initiative will help locals be more aware of protecting the environment.”

Well, Vietnam has set the ball rolling. The use of the leaves as packaging is a welcome addition to the numerous other efforts establishments in Vietnam are experimenting with to reduce plastic waste.

A recent report highlighted the incredible amount of plastic waste generated by Vietnamese people, disposing of about 2,500 tons of plastic waste per day.

With this effort, the banning or reduction of single-use plastic bags in supermarkets is therefore becoming a growing trend in Asia.

In a related development, just recently, South Korea banned the use of disposable plastic bags, requiring supermarkets and other commercial establishments to provide recyclable containers to customers.

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