More than eight billion tonnes is the amount of plastic we have produced since the 1950s, according to a report published in 2017. And production has only increased in recent years. While it was 2 million tonnes in 1950, annual plastic production rose to about 400 million tonnes in 2015, turning the material into a plague for the planet .

With recycling remaining largely insufficient, the UN suggests that by 2050, nearly 12 billion tonnes of plastic waste will fill landfills and pollute the environment, including the oceans. Around the world, this is a real war against plastic that begins to engage. And some do not wait to make their contribution to the building.

This is the case of a supermarket in Chiangmai City, Thailand. To reduce plastic packaging on its shelves, the Rimping supermarket launched an original initiative: a large part of these vegetables and fruits are now wrapped in banana leaves sandwiched with natural fiber ties.

Goodbye plastic, hello banana

The initiative was highlighted on Facebook by the real estate company of Chiang Mai, Perfect Homes and published photos were quick to go around the social networks. While some Internet users have raised some questions, the change has prompted many enthusiastic reactions. ” Small steps make a big difference, change is on! “, Wrote one user on Facebook.

The Rimping supermarket initiative highlights a good alternative to plastic packaging: the use of local biodegradable products. Banana leaves have the advantage not only of being flexible but also of being resistant and protective. They are also easily accessible and at a reduced cost in Thailand where plantations are numerous.

Moreover, the use of banana leaves is far from unpublished in Thailand as in other countries where they are regularly used to pack food, cook or present it. Even though banana trees do not run the streets all over the world, the initiative has something to inspire to find more natural alternatives to plastic and just as practical.

Some Internet users have noticed on the photos posted on Facebook that plastic was still present around some products in the supermarket Thai shelves. ” Yes, it’s not 100% perfect but it’s a step in the right direction! ” Acknowledged Perfect Homes .