Single-use plastic has been making waves in the news ever since it became apparent just how harmful it can be. In 2016, the world produced more than 35 million metric tons of plastic, and half of that was for single use items like plastics packaging, bottles, and straws. Those items stay in our ecosystem for up to 1,000 years. Scientists estimate that by 2050, there will be more plastic in our ocean than fish.
It might seem like a daunting task, but if everyone makes a small effort, it can change. Check out how one supermarket chain in Asia has done its part.
One Supermarket Has Begun To Package Their Produce In Banana Leaves
Rimping Supermarket in Chiang Mai, Thailand, recently decided to swap out their single-use plastic wrappers for banana leaves. The banana leaves are now used to keep bunches of cucumbers, peppers, and beans together.
On each of the banana leaves is a sticker with the barcode, product, and notice that the leaves and food are pesticide free. While the stickers are still single-use plastic, getting rid of plastic packaging is a step forward for grocery stores.