Supermarkets around the world continue to use plastic bags, plastic boxes, carry bags to sell their fruits and vegetables. In various stores you will see a new trend, fruits and vegetables are pre-weighed and bundled in plastic bags which later on sold to customers. On one hand, it seems that it will save the time of the customer and the crowds in the stores are also getting reduced because they don’t need to spend their time on choosing fresh fruits and vegetables.
Corns sold in plastic-wrapped trays, strawberries in plastic boxes, fruits, and vegetables in plastic bags, Later these plastic bags and boxes will be found on the sea-side, which will pollute the environment.
Isn’t it scary?
Many new initiatives and efforts are underway to reduce and stop the use of plastic bags, and many new ideas are also on the way and “Banana leaves for packaging food” is one among those ideas that we’ve applied to save our mother earth from pollution and to serve healthy food to our customers.
We all know about the benefits of eating food on banana leaves as south Indians always prefer banana leaves over food utensils, but have you ever heard of banana leaves as packaging materials?
Yes, we’ve started this revolution at our store freshji.in. There are lots of benefits of packaging food into banana leaves, both economically and naturally. They are biodegradable, cheaper, and easily available, and do not require much effort to remove from the banana tree.
Freshji: Plastic out, Banana leaf in
At Freshji, we love to grow and sell organic fruits and vegetables, so we have decided to move completely in the organic direction, as the biggest wholesaler of organic fruits and vegetables in Kolkata we choose to use something biodegradable for our products’ packaging. And our research has ended when the idea of using the banana leaf for packaging clicks in our minds.
Instead of plastic, we are now using the banana leaf for Packaging our farm fresh organic fruits and vegetables, which is biodegradable, non-toxic, humidity resistant, waterproof, and much cheaper and healthier preserver than that plastic. We bundle our organic fruits and vegetables with banana leaves and our customers or even end users are loving them.
Since banana leaves are available free of cost and are massive in the tropics, they save the expenses of plastic for store owners too.
Let’s move towards the benefits of using banana leaves for packaging.
Benefits of Banana Leaves
Banana leaves are 100% environment friendly and sustainable and they are best for 100% organic fruits and vegetables. So many companies are now moving away from single-use plastic, they are looking for perishable and eco-friendly packaging. Banana leaves are one of the best substitutions of plastic for food packaging. Here are the winning sides of banana leaves.
- They are cheap
Because banana leaves are easily available everywhere and are easily accessible too. They cost nothing to grow, and they are already growing in existing distribution channels.
- They are bigger
Because of their bigger size, Banana leaves are often used for serving dishes. A banana leaf can be used to wrap large food items.
- They are clean
The rapid form of banana leaves means they are easy to clean and waterproof. If we talk about other leaves, they may not be clean enough to be used for food.
- They are attractive
Banana leaves are brightly colored, and they retain that bright color for a longer time, so if fruits and vegetables are packed in banana leaves they look fresh and new for few days.
- They are compostable
No special procedures are required to throw out or remove the banana leaves; they can be thrown in the trash or you can easily compost them outside.
- They are naturally fresh
Banana leaves are naturally grown, they do not need any additional treatment to stay fresh. For those who love natural organic food, banana leaves are the perfect packaging material.
It is an excellent step in creating a green and plastic-free environment. Banana leaves are light, healthy, and attractive. Many people who do not feel comfortable with plastic can be relieved by the use of banana leaves.
The use of banana leaves as an alternative to plastic bags is one of the solutions to plastic packaging because it will not transmit abnormal chemicals to food. Using banana leaves for packaging fresh fruits and vegetables has a great deal of value too. It encourages the consumer to care for the environment.
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