Banana leaves are 100% environmentally-friendly and sustainable—they degrade just like any other plant matter once they’ve been discarded—and they’re a by-product that is continuously produced.
Could Banana Leaves Replace Traditional Plastic Packaging?
For many it’s a cool new trend, but actually it’s a practice that spans back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Companies today are turning to banana leaves to replace plastic packaging for foods, and they’re getting great results and positive feedback. Here are some examples from around the web.
The Benefits of Banana Leaves Over Plastic Packaging
As many companies are now moving away from single use plastics, they’re seeking biodegradable alternatives as packaging for food. Banana leaves are 100% environmentally-friendly and sustainable. They will degrade just like any other plant product once they’ve been discarded, and they’re a by-product that is continuously produced.
- They’re cheap. Because banana leaves are everywhere that bananas are, they’re readily available. They don’t cost anything to grow, and they’re already growing on existing distribution channels.
- They’re large. Banana leaves are often used as serving vessels because of their size. A banana leaf can be used to wrap fairly large food items.
- They’re clean. The slick nature of banana leaves means that they’re water proof and easy to clean. Other leaves may not be clean enough to use for food service.
- They’re attractive. Banana leaves grow in a bright color, and they retain that bright color, making them look fresh and new even days after they have been cut.
- They’re guilt-free and compostable. There are no special processes required for getting rid of banana leaves; they can be thrown in the trash or composted outside.
- They’re natural. Banana leaves don’t need additional treatments to remain fresh-looking or water-resistant. Consequently, they’re perfect for those who are interested in natural foods.
Banana leaves are lightweight, healthy, and attractive. Many people who are uncomfortable with plastics may be comfortable with the use of banana leaves, as they won’t pass unusual chemicals to food.
10 BITS OF PLASTIC YOU CAN QUIT TODAY
Here at Bright Vibes we are passionate about the environment, and we're keen to promote anything that can help improve the world we live in for ourselves and for future generations. Here are 10 suggestions of everyday plastic items we can all easily live without, and by quitting them we are doing our bit to reduce demand and production, further reducing the risk of more plastic finding its way into our oceans and food chain.