Plastic is not a second skin
We've been used to seeing food in supermarkets unnecessarily wrapped in plastic since we were little. From the “boom” plastic, for the 1950s polymers came to our lives to stay for a long time. There are several types such as polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride, polyamides, PET, etc. have made our lives more comfortable, but, in the long run, they are leading us to the “black hole” of pollution.
Like “err is human.” and we realized the terrible damage we're doing to our environment we started looking for more sustainable alternatives.
Nature is our best ally
A very used resource is silver leaves. It's the leaves of trees where this delicious fruit grows. Yes! Curious, isn't it? And in reality, the use of silver leaves is used for their practicality, flexibility, wide size and properties that benefit our health. They date years of use among native communities of the Latin American Amazon and populations of India.
These leaves are used as dishes, decorative elements, packaging and even packaging. Here are some examples:
Like dishes and decoratives
In southern cuisine, in India, they are used to serve different types of dishes.
Sustainable and delicious wrappers
In Latin American countries such as Peru, Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia use it to wrap food, as, leaves are believed to maintain antimicrobial properties that prevent food from rotting. However, the main reason is that they are used because they bring taste and dressing, adding to meals a very nice taste. For example, they are used to wrap the Tamales (typical in Mexico, Colombia and Peru) or the juane (one of the main dishes of the Peruvian jungle)This way you don't need any more packaging or bag to move.
Packaging verde in Supermarkets
In Chiang Mai, Thailand, the Rimping supermarket chain has revolutionized the retail market, giving it a return to plastic and completely eliminating its use as a wrapper. He has checked the monsters of the large supermarket chains by opening a hopeful light to a sustainable path. Offers fresh fruits and vegetables in silver leave wrappers, innovating the sector and giving the lesson that you can care for the environment by reducing the use of plastic to the full.
It serves as an example for many other food chains that can make the jump to use a more planet-friendly packaging, as they are biodegradable. Congratulations, what a good idea!
Industrial design: organic packaging
It is not yet a reality, but there are sketches that affirm the intention to create these packaging in the style of a “tetrabrik”. The design by the Israeli Tal Marco and presented in "Cenar en 2015" de Designboom a graphic design exhibition that drew attention and evidenced that the sustainable alternative to typical plastic packaging can become possible.
Disposable dishes echo
A group of young Peruvian entrepreneurs have launched the project “Bio Planta” which are discardable dishes made from banana leaves of the Amazon. The groundbreaking thing about this project is that they are disposable, but 100% biodegradable. They resist high heat temperatures and do not emanate substances that may be harmful to health. This product takes time to return to the land in just 60 days, while those of the type “tecnopor” take until 500 years to break down.
As we have reviewed, there are various ways to use elements that nature offers us for our daily use and that are beneficial to our health and conservation of our planet.
A new ecological paradigm is opening paths to sustainability and environmental improvements.
Campaigns like “Naked the fruit” have made a lot of noise and have been effective in changing some policies from certain supermarket chains.
We believe that more companies must adopt new processes in their production line. Adaptation can be difficult, but not impossible. Join the echo revolution!