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Processed banana leafs, an eco-friendly packaging solution
In Asia, banana leaves have always been used for food packaging. But they quickly deteriorate. They have been overtaken by plastics, that now often clog the waterways and pollute the oceans. An young Indian inventor has managed to process banana leaves to a packaging material that keeps it properties for three years. And it is perfectly biodegradable. (source)
Banana Leaf Preservation Technology
Naturally, leaves and most biomaterials degrade within a shelf lifespan of three days and are discarded as waste. Banana leaf technology is a cellular eco-friendly technology that preserves leaves and organic biomaterials for a year without the use of any chemicals. This technology enhances the leaves’ physical properties thus making a viable biodegradable material alternative to both plastic and paper. Read more on the official site
Europa.is originally wanted to offer just one or two videos to illustrate the actual use of banana-leafs as packaging in some asian supermarkets. But then we also found videos about harvesting them, how to fold them, how to preserve them and then we went bananas! 😉 Anway, you can skip to any video with the slider below.
We included the messages of Sir David Attenborough, Harrison Ford, Greta Thunberg and Polly Higgins (StopEcocide), just to remember what this is all about: the reduction of non-degradable plastic for healthy oceans, climate, nature and planet.
Banana leaves in Europa
- Tapari (UK)
In november 2019 Tapari seems the only company (left) in Europa that sells banana leaves products,
- Leaf Republic (DE)
They looked promising when they started in 2016 but apparently have disappeared in 2018 with a last post on their FB page in june. According to their Kickstarter page, updated for the last time 9 june 2017, Leaf Republic’s aproach was beautiful:
We focus on food packaging and one-way dishes. Our claim: outdoor tableware has to be fully renewable and fully biodegradable. After years of designing, prototyping and testing, we’ve succeeded.
Our disposable tableware is made of nothing but leaves – leaves that regrow three times a year and degrade in every household’s compost.
More banana 😉
Banana peels for bio-plastic?