Employees from Perfect Homes Chiangmai, a real estate company, stopped in a Rimping Supermarket in Chiang Mai Thailand in between business meetings. The produce section caught their eye because vegetables were wrapped in leaves rather than plastic. One of the employees took a picture and posted the interesting find on the company’s Facebook page. More than 17,000 shares later, the innovative eco-friendly wrapping is going viral for all the right reasons.
Too Much Trash
All over the world, trash is becoming a serious issue. For several decades, companies have mass produced non-biodegradable, single-use materials like plastic, cellophane, and styrofoam. Landfills in many countries have already reached capacity. That’s why several Asian countries, which were not producing as much trash as the rest of the world at one time, have created an entire industry of waste management and recycling.
Although many of these countries have profited from dealing with the rest of the world’s waste, the space for trash is becoming very limited in Asia. Up until March 2019, most of the recycling done on the planet happened in China because China imported trash from other countries. China is no longer accepting outside trash.
Initiatives to recycle, reuse items rather than trash them, and stop using plastics altogether are popping up all over Asia. That is exactly why the Rimping Supermarket is wrapping vegetables in leaves. The leaves come from plants that are already in existence, so no energy is wasted on producing extra crops for wrapping. Using leaves allows companies to avoid producing single-use plastic wrap for vegetables. Since the produce is not wrapped in heat producing plastic, it takes longer for it to spoil. This is a very efficient way of conserving natural resources.
Drop In The Bucket
Plastic, in particular, is a worldwide problem within the larger issue of waste management. It takes hundreds of years for plastic to biodegrade, and many companies grossly overuse this material. The production of plastic also causes pollution and increased carbon to be used. The world would be a much cleaner place if all stores copied Rimping Supermarket.
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