Reducing our plastic use and consumption is a massive problem, one by now I think everyone is well aware of. While many of us recycle, this alone will not solve the problem.
Did you know that in the US in 2013, only 30% of 253 million tons of trash was actually recycled? That’s over 1000 years of toxic trash polluting the earth.
So where do we begin? Well, one awesome idea from Supermarkets in Asia; Use leaves to package vegetables! Not only highly cost effective, but reduces a huge amount of plastic use.
Perfect Homes Chiangmai posted about how they use leaves as packaging in a post that went viral this year.
“We just popped in to get a few items while we were waiting to sign some contracts with our lawyer, who was delayed, so we were not even meant to be there at that time. When I noticed the veg wrapped in banana leaves and simply liked the idea ad showed my wife who picked a few up to buy. I thought I would take a few pictures and just post to the page, and that was it”
“I had no idea it was going to go viral, I was shocked when it hit 20 shares. It was not until the morning while I was in the gym that I started to realized what was happening, I pointed out to Stig my friend that it had now something like a thousand shares ad that this was crazy. Once we had finished the session an hour later it had nearly doubled that is when it really started to go off!”
“I feel it is now up to the shoppers to show the supermarket which they prefer. Because without a doubt if everyone opts for the banana leaf packaging then they will stop stocking the items in plastic and this will also drive other great ideas forward.”