Banana is one of the most important foods in Indian cuisine and culture. Not only are the leaves of banana used for religious purposes during pujas, but the fruit itself is filled with a lot of nutritional value. The humble banana is immensely useful for multiple reasons. Banana leaves, for instance, are popularly used to serve food in South India. A typical Sadya feast on Onam is served on a banana leaf, in the traditional style. After a meal, the leaf is simply disposed of, without having to worry about environmental impacts. Yes, banana leaf is always a sustainable option as compared to other alternatives, such as plastic. Can you imagine if banana leaves were used as an eco-friendly packaging alternative too? Industrialist Harsh Goenka took to Twitter to share this very idea with his followers as well. Take a look at his post:

Sharing a picture of vegetables wrapped in banana leaves instead of plastic packaging, Harsh Goenka wrote, "Supermarkets are using banana leaves instead of plastic packaging. Great idea! Need for the future." Isn’t that a great idea? Not only does it reduce the amount of plastic waste generated by us, it also looks super pretty.  

Twitter users were all praise for Goenka’s idea of banana leaves packaging instead of plastic as many people commented, applauding and appreciating the industrialist. The tweet received over 3.2k likes and hundreds of retweets too. "Much needed solution," said one user while another called the eco-friendly packaging, "Innovative, sustainable and cost-effective!" 

Take a look at some of the best reactions:

While banana leaves are used for multiple things, we love to cook with them. Besides having cultural significance, did you know there are many health benefits of eating on a banana leaf? Enriched with several nutrients, banana leaves contain large amounts of polyphenols that are natural antioxidants. These help prevent many lifestyle diseases. So, the next time you are cooking an elaborate meal, try serving them in a banana leaf.