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[Ambassador report] Plastic and Plants

by Ida Ayu Mas Amelia Kusumaningtyas | 20-02-2020 16:58 Comments 8 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



Plastic and Plants
In the old days, Indonesians will use leaves as a way to wrap food. The most common leaf to be used is banana leaf. Traditional food
wrapped in this leaf would be tastier. It seems that the leaves had a way in bringing out the flavor of the food. But nowadays, since
food are placed in styrofoam or plastic, the flavor is just normal.
The transition from using leaves to plastic in wrapping up food was due to the amount of resources at hand at the time. Leaves had to
be harvested to be used, and they take time to grow. Furthermore, banana trees will die once they grow fruit for the first time or if their
leaves were to be harvested. The amount of leaf available as well as its increasing price proved to be an issue, thus the option in
using plastic. Everyone can agree that they are cheaper, although in later days it is clear that they cause major environmental issues.
Currently, plastic is massively used in food transaction. Bans have taken place around Indonesia, so the plastic problem has lessen a
bit. Innovations have been made, such as bags from cassava. If the bag is placed in hot water, it'll dissolve immediately. It's amazing
how technology like this takes a part in helping the earth. But we mustn't forget that plastic is also the product of technology that had
harmed the earth. So it can be said that technology has a dual blade, it can either be used to make earth a greater place or to worsen
it.
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8 Comments

Jasmine Karki

  • Jasmine Karki says :
    Greetings
    I do hope everything is going good..

    Thank you so much for sharing your report!!
    Really felt great to go through it!!
    Hope to read more from you..

    Green cheers
    Regards,
    Jasmine Karki
    Posted 25-02-2020 02:13

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Ida

    I agree that the plastic was once an innovative material that is cheap and easy to make, but it is damaging the environment more than ever. Some can say that therefore technology is bad, but I believe that some other technology can make those banana leafs much easier to cultivate and make them in massive amount. If it is made possible, it can partially replace plastic wrappers and contribute in reducing the plastics wastes.

    Thank you for the great report!
    Posted 23-02-2020 15:53

Rachu Khanal

  • Rachu Khanal says :
    Thank you for the report
    Posted 22-02-2020 19:27

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Ida

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Plastic and Plants

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Regards,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 21-02-2020 10:25

Tamaka Tsuji

  • Tamaka Tsuji says :
    Hello, each country's culture is created by the wisdom of its predecessors.
    The traditional culture of your country is suitable for the local culture and is more environmentally-friendly than modern containers.
    Thank you for your great report!
    Posted 20-02-2020 22:26

Theodore  Bechlivanis

  • Theodore Bechlivanis says :
    Looking for alternative solutions in one's tradition is very often a surefire way to innovation. Thanks for sharing!
    Posted 20-02-2020 18:49

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hey Ida!
    It's Lisa your mentor.

    I do think it was very wise for your people to use the leaves in the past and I heard that of cours not as much as in the old days, but still, some of these tropical countries are using the leaves to wrap the food! I think it's really great since it causes no harm to the environment! Yes indeed technology is a dual blade and so we would have to use it wisely! It's not that we have to abandon all usage of plastics and start using the banana leaves for all food wrapping but we should find alternatives that are more environmentally friendly.

    Enjoyed reading your report:)
    Posted 20-02-2020 18:05

Aashutosh Shah

  • Aashutosh Shah says :
    Hello,
    Thank you for your report.

    Posted 20-02-2020 17:47

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