Thai Supermarket Ditches Plastic Packaging For Eco-Friendly Banana Leaves

A supermarket in Thailand is doing its bit to reduce plastic packaging by wrapping fresh produce in eco-friendly banana leaves instead.

The Rimping supermarket in the city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand has been spotted bundling up veggies such as lettuce, spring onions, chillis and broccoli in bright green banana leaves.

Banana plants are plentiful in the Southeast Asian country and grow all year round thanks to its tropical climes. They're also waterproof, humidity-proof, and free of toxins or dyes.

Most importantly, they're biodegradable, making them an ideal substitute for the plastic packaging typically used in supermarkets.

Image: Facebook/Perfect Homes Chiangmai.

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The store's enviro-friendly packages are tied up with a piece of bamboo -- another renewable resource.

Yes, there's still a small amount of plastic tape involved to attach the product label which bears the price and barcode but it's certainly a step in the right direction.

Pics of the store's genius eco-hack were shared by a real estate company on Facebook and it looks like people are, well ... going bananas -- in the best way possible.

"Little steps make a big difference," wrote one commenter.

"Change is coming!" said another.

Others noted that once the leaves had done their job as packaging they could be popped in the compost bin -- no waste there!

Banana plants are also plentiful in the tropical regions of Australia -- perhaps our local supermarkets need to get on the banana leaf bandwagon, too?

Image: Facebook/Perfect Homes Chiangmai.
Why we should pass on plastic

Plastic is a huge environmental issue. It's reported that plastic items will outnumber fish by 2050, and Greenpeace has even found bits of the stuff in Antarctica.

In 2018, major Aussie supermarket chains including Coles and Woolworths banned single-use plastic shopping bags in favour of reusable alternatives, however, plastic packaging for goods is currently still widespread.

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Single-use plastic straws are also going the way of bags -- and for good reason, too.

According to Greenpeace, straws are one of the top ten items found littered along earth's coastlines and, if ingested, can cause marine animals and birds to die.

Both McDonalds and Starbucks have since vowed to ditch plastic straws nationwide by 2020.

Feature image: Facebook/Perfect Homes Chiangmai.