Banana is an important part of Indian cuisine and even our culture. From its leaves to the fruit itself, humble banana has proved itself to be immensely useful for multiple reasons. Banana leaves are popularly used to serve food in southern Indian states such as Kerala and Tamil Nadu. A typical Sadya feast served on Onam is always placed on a banana leaf in the traditional style. The leaf is then disposed off after a single-use, without having to worry about environmental impacts. Can you imagine if banana leaves were used as an eco-friendly packaging alternative too? Industrialist Harsh Goenka took to Twitter to share this very idea with his followers. Take a look at his post:
Harsh Goenka took to Twitter to share a picture of food produce being wrapped in banana leaves, rather than the usual plastic packaging. This would help reduce the amount of plastic waste generated by us, especially single-use plastic which is immediately disposed of. "Supermarkets are using banana leaves instead of plastic packaging. Great idea! Need for the future," he wrote in his tweet.
The idea of using banana leaves instead of plastic was applauded and appreciated by Twitter users. Harsh Goenka's tweet received 3.2k likes and hundreds of retweets too. "Much needed solution," said one user while another called the eco-friendly packaging, "Innovative, sustainable and cost-effective!"
Take a look at the best reactions:
And looks super stylish...buyers will be ready to even pay a premium for this— HumanWithoutTags (@vg31011976) March 29, 2022
We have rediscovered our traditional way of living.— Dinesh Joshi (@dnjoshispeaks) March 28, 2022
Thailand supermarket uses banana leaves to avoid excessive plastic packaging.. (South Indian cuisine & Bengali cuisine is traditionally served on a banana leaf especially in the states of AP,Telangana,TN, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, WB & Sri Lanka )..— Kaushik A.Sejpal (@kaushiksejpal1) March 28, 2022
The use of banana leaves instead of plastic for packaging is a great way to reduce single use plastic. It's a biodegradable alternative to plastic use. It's a eco-friendly packaging technique. Banana leaves help to keep the product fresh, readily available and r antibacterial— Raj (@Raj_bhy) March 29, 2022
Question is why did we switch to plastic and other western propagated ideas when our own practices were environment friendly from the start ?— Sajag Gupta (@SajagGupta) March 29, 2022
Or the lessons from the past? Rural India used leaves for plates, bowls, packaging...and then use and throw paper and plastic became the norm only to realise past was so eco-friendly.— HariOm Agrawal (@hari_oa) March 30, 2022
Yes sir . The only problem is Banana leaves are not available everywhere. So we could use what is locally available . Like they use the stem cord to tie dhaniya leaves ????— Anand ????Hi ????????♂️Anand???? (@whatamiforyouto) March 28, 2022
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