The new trend is packing and serving food in Banana leaf and arecanut leaf trays. This is a traditional and century old method that has gained attention due to both health and environmental reasons. These natural products are also a perfect alternative to plastic carry bags. Banana leaves are packed with natural antioxidants namely polyphenols . These compounds are similar to the compounds that are present in green tea. Polyphenols are natural antioxidants that battle free radicals and prevent diseases. Many start up and small scale industries are making use of technology to manufacture trays from areca and dried banana leaves that are easily decomposable and environmentally friendly. Areca leaf plates and cups made out of Areca Leaf are 100% biodegradable and compostable. These hygienic, non-odorous, non-toxic, lightweight plates and cups made out of Areca leaf are environment friendly.
Similarly, foods packed in left over wood boxes are gaining attention as they are easy to dispose. These biodegradable food containers are oil resistant, water resistant, and cause no or less harm!
Foods are packed and served in these leaves does not impose any such health issues. Only the care one should take is washing and removing any dirt or other foreign particles settled on leaf trays.