Asian supermarkets have started to use banana leaves to replace plastic packaging

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 17th June 2019

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

The novel idea, which was an instant hit among citizens, soon caught the attention of Vietnamese supermarkets. Big supermarket chains in Vietnam, such as Lotte Mart, Saigon Co.op, and Big C,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.

“When I see vegetables wrapped in these beautiful banana leaves I’m more willing to buy in larger quantities, I think this initiative will help locals be more aware of protecting the environment.” said one of the customers.

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.

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