Ecological Take Away Packaging
Using banana leaves as a new material to create new ecological packages
for take away. Banana leaves are a product which exists in many regions
around the world. This material has a wax-like surface which is ideal
for wet and greasy foods. It is flexible and therefore can be adapted to
many types of packaging. The leaves last long after they are cut off the
trees. The packages are cut to form using die cutting technology. No
glue is used. The unique qualities of this material allow packages to
be opened simply by tearing the banana leaf along its natural
Today the majority of disposable goods are wrapped in
man-made, often petro-based materials that usually last far longer than
the items they protect. With many companies spending millions on
R&D searching for more sustainable alternatives, an Israeli
designer named Tal Marco has taken a decidedly low-tech and refreshing
approach to package design with his use of natural banana leaves.
Banana leaves are highly flexible, easy to open and have a naturally
waxy surface that is ideal for food applications. Although not a
completely novel idea, Marco's design uses die-cut leaves that can be
folded into numerous forms and lend themselves well to many retail
applications. His design was showcased in Designboom's "Dining in 2015"
design competition and the concept puts many of the most
"environmentally friendly" packages on the market today to shame.