The banana leaf is used in some Latin American countries for medicinal purposes such as healing wounds, providing nutrients or even improving the immune system...until now.
A Peruvian company markets disposable plates and trays made from banana leaves. These plates made from banana leaves are completely biodegradable and will dissolve in only 100 days!
The banana leaf can become a resource. An alternative to other materials used for disposable cutlery which normally takes 500 to 1,000 years to decompose.
The banana leaf is a compostable material, which is a natural fertilizer.
This Peruvian project, Chuwa Plant, is a Startup with the mission to provide Peru and the rest of the world with innovative biodegradable disposable plates made from natural materials.
Its first plate design is rectangular, widely used in take-away food.
The banana-stem rind is waterproof, which allows fat from food not to leak or wrinkle the plate. Also, after use, it is discarded and decomposes in 16 to 18 weeks depending on environmental conditions.