Banana leaf lunch in Slave Island
The Dev World actually has pretty environmental packaging. Short eats will be wrapped in recycled paper and rice served on a banana leaf. Sadly, as we ‘develop’, everything gets boxed in paper, then wrapped in plastic. McDonald’s is probably the end of that continuum, almost more packaging than food. Design website Inhabitat, however, is going the other way and saying that banana leaf could be the packaging of the future. I don’t know if it scales up to industrial levels, however. Banana leaves are non-standard sizes, degrade fast, can’t be kept in a storeroom for months, etc. Interesting idea though.