An Indian innovation called Banana Leaf Preservation Technology has a sustainable solution to the global challenge of overabundant single use plastic waste. Banana leaf technology is an environmentally friendly cellular system that preserves leaves and natural biomaterials for a year without any chemicals being used. In the natural world, leaves and most biomaterials decay and are discarded as waste after a shelf life of three days. This engineering improves the physical properties of the plants, allowing a viable and biodegradeable alternative to paper and plastic.
Banana Leaf Preservation Technology has received over 7 international and 2 national awards, including the prestigious International Environmental Award, International Green Technology Award, Technology for the Future Award among other esteemed recognitions.
According to vegconomist.com/society¸ the company increased durability, stretchability and crushability of the banana leaves, so the preserved leaves can resist extreme temperatures and hold more weight than their original nature, and have an extended shelf lifespan of three years.
The technology was developed by Tenith Adithyaa, a young Indian innovation scholar and commercialized and licensed by his company. He currently serves as the CEO of a social network called Altruu, the global track-free discovery engine that allows connection with crucial global matters.