Supermarkets in Asia are Now Using Banana Leaves Instead of Plastic Packaging
Supermarkets in Vietnam have adopted an initiative from Thailand that makes use of banana leaves instead of plastic as a packaging alternative.
Rimping supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand earned praise on Facebook for coming up with the eco-friendly packaging after a local firm featured it on their page last week.
The novel idea, which was an instant hit among netizens, 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.
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.
Aside from wrapping vegetables and fruits, the grocery chain intends to also use the leaves for fresh meat products.