Photo via Pixabay It wasn’t too long ago that Rimping supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand implemented a very crafty alternative to single-use plastic by using banana leaves instead . Supermarkets all over Vietnam has since done the same thing, much to the enthusiasm of their customers and Facebook users across the globe who quickly spread the news. And it appears that their Southeast Asian neighbor the Philippines is following suit. Why banana leaves? Bananas are native to tropical countries like the Philippines and Vietnam, and their leaves can grow to nine feet in length. The leaves are sturdy enough for wrapping and are ideal for wrapping fresh produce since the two have a similar shelf life. Despite being more expensive than its nylon and plastic counterparts, the difference is negligible. LCC (Liberty Commercial Center) Mall in Legazpi City, Albay has started to wrap products from their produce section in banana leaves, including chilis, cabbages, and beans. Meanwhile, Dizon Farms, a local produce supplier for huge supermarket chains in the Philippines, also started to introduce changes in their packaging for select supermarket chains like Robinsons. The Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam are all countries that have been tagged by Greenpeace for plastic […]

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