Rimping Supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand, is testing banana leaves as an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic packaging. The grocer vegetables are wrapped in banana leaves and are held closed with a natural fiber tie instead of the plastic. The bright-green banana leaves are thick, broad, and flexible. They can be folded easily without breaking and can withstand refrigeration.
So far social media has responded positively with a mix of support, enthusiasm, and a few sensible questions. “Little steps make a big difference. Change is coming!”. “Oh yes. Great compost for the garden,” shared another, while a different user commented: “This is actually beautiful”.
This is a smart innovation that has the potential to differentiate retailers and their private brands.