ASIAN SUPERMARKETS ADOPT INGENIOUS PACKAGING FOR PERISHABLES

Supermarkets in Southeast Asia have adopted an ingenious new strategy to wrap perishables like bananas, spring onions, and vegetables, opting to use banana leaves instead of plastic wrapping.

Rimping supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand, has been credited with starting the trend, after users on Facebook praised the store for its initiative.

Now, the trend has spread to Vietnamese supermarkets, with large chains such as Lotte Mart, Saigon Co Op, and Big C all embracing the approach.

Vietnam currently disposes of about 2,500 tons of plastic waste every day, according to a recent report.

Single-use plastic is increasingly discouraged in Asia. Recently, South Korea banned the use of disposable plastic bags, whilst Singapore has launched an educational campaign informing consumers on the need to reduce plastic bag usage. Meanwhile, Taiwan has started charging customers for single-use plastic bags, whilst China has seen a 66 per cent drop in plastic bag use in 11 years since banning the use of ultra-thin plastic bags in 2008.