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Banana plate with a three-year lifespan

The world raises an alert over plastics, and decarbonization is getting promoted. Early in the year, China and India, which have the world’s first and second largest populations, announced that they will ban plastic bags and regulate plastic products, especially to take strict measures against disposable plastic products. This trend will continue in the future, and people will be needed to live with something to replace plastics. What do you think will replace plastics? Some ecoist followers might have come up with something. Yes, it’s banana leaves.

Even though banana leaves are not very familiar in G7 countries, recently, banana leaves that are durable even after three years have been developed. This revolutionary banana leaves “BANANA LEAF TECHNOLOGY” were developed by Tenith Adithy M from India. Now he is 20 years old, but he is a genius guy who had already had 17 inventions at the age of 15 based on his desire that “I do not want to live with problems, I want to solve them.” Today he has several titles: innovator, scientist, software developer, Guinness world record holder, and CEO of social network Altruu.

Generally, banana leaves degrade within three days and are discarded. However, BANANA LEAF TECHNOLOGY is an innovation that preserves leaf cells with eco-friendly technology without the use of any chemicals. With this preservation technology, the leaves have been improved in their durability, stretchability, and crushability, and can resist extreme temperatures. In addition, the green color of the leaves is kept for up to one year and can be used for three years without its green color. Of course, they are 100% eco-friendly, with consideration for safety such as completely organic and chemical free. The low processing cost of only $0.01 is also amazing.

Some time ago, ecoist posted an article about a company making plates with banana leaves, but BANANA LEAF TECHNOLOGY produces various products such as cups, boxes, envelopes, and ice creme spoons in addition to plates. Furthermore, the fact, that it has won seven international awards and two domestic awards, including the prestigious International Environmental Award, International Green Technology Award, Technology for the Future Award, shows that it is drawing attention from all over the world.

In Chiang Mai, Thailand, supermarkets using banana leaves for packaging instead of plastics have launched. It may run up costs and not be practical in countries where banana leaf distribution is not abundant. However, there may be ways to reduce the use of plastics by using local plants.

Photo:Banana Leaf Technology

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