Banana leaves – they serve as more than just undies for Adam and Eve.
In fact, Israeli designer and packaging innovator Tal Marco of Eco Way proposes that banana leaves can be used as an eco-friendly alternative to modern day to-go packaging.
Unlike many of today’s plastic take away containers that are petrol based and non-biodegradable, banana leaves are 100 percent natural and easily compostable. They’re ubiquitous in many countries, meaning they’re cheap and easy to come by. And because banana leaves are highly flexible and have a naturally waxy composition, they’re a low-tech solution to sealing anything from a greasy burrito to a bag of cheddar cheese popcorn.
Borrowing from ancient food preservation techniques found in India and South East Asia, Marco’s design is far from revolutionary. But his vision of adapting old world concepts to modern day design is laudable.
It may be a while before this practice goes mainstream, so do your part to cut down on your plastic consumption. Package your food in reusable containers, buy snacks sold in biodegradable bags and dream about a world in which one day banana leaves, much like they did for Adam and Eve, will have you covered in more ways than one.