Big supermarket chains in Vietnam, such as Lotte Mart, Saigon Co.op, and Big C, have all started to
follow in the Thai store’s footsteps by experimenting with banana leaves as a packaging alternative in their stores as well. A representative from the Lotte Mart chain shared that they are still in the testing phase but are planning to replace plastic with leaves nationwide very soon. Aside from wrapping vegetables and fruits, the grocery chain intends to also use the leaves for fresh meat products.
Customers have since been applauding the effort.
“When I see vegetables wrapped in these beautiful banana leaves I’m more willing to buy in larger quantities. I think this initiative will help locals be more aware of protecting the environment.”
The use of leaves as packaging is a welcome addition to the numerous other efforts establishments in Vietnam are experimenting with to reduce plastic waste. Big C, for instance, already offers biodegradable bags made with corn powder in its stores. With Vietnam ranking number four in the world for the biggest amount of plastic waste dumped into the ocean, such efforts are of the utmost importance.