Supermarkets In Asia Have Started Using Banana Leaves Instead Of Plastic Bags

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, World
Published 08.04.19
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I really do try my hardest not to use plastic in my life.

I even bought one of those ridiculously expensive mettle bottles that keep advertising on Facebook and YouTube at the moment. When I go to the supermarket, I use my backpack and I bought a wooden toothbrush.

But then this morning I was really hungover and without thinking, I bought a bottle of some drink that I’ve only been able to have on holiday before now because they didn’t sell it in England. Ruined everything.

The problem is single-use plastics that don’t biodegrade and often end up in the ocean, killing the wildlife and going a long way to polluting the environment.

The obvious way to stop this is by not using them or making paper alternatives, but apparently that’s simply too much hassle for the big supermarkets in Europe and America to implement.

Meanwhile in Vietnam and Thailand, rather ingeniously, many supermarkets have started phasing out plastic bags, instead electing to use banana leaves.

The leaves were first seen being used in Rimping supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand, and since that went viral, supermarkets in Vietnam decided to follow suit.

Speaking about the innovation, a spokesperson for Lotte Market in Ho Chi Minh City said that so far, it’s only a test, but they do plan to roll out the use of alternative packaging nationwide for both meats and vegetables.

Here in the UK, there’s a small charge for plastic bags at supermarkets, which is alright, but not enough. Over in South Korea, single use plastic bags and packaging were recently banned and meanwhile in China, super-thin plastics have been prohibited since 2008.

Let’s hope that more people decide to make a change. It’s not fair to lump environmentalism on the public when it’s the governments and corporations who can make the biggest changes.

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