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University develops leak-proof food bowls from leaves  RSS feed

 
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Concern over the rising use of polluting styrofoam containers has encouraged a research team at Naresuan University to develop a process to make watertight, degradable food bowls from leaves

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Through trial and error, the team found that leaves of the thong kwao (bastard teak), sak (teak) and sai (banyan) trees are the best to use for the containers.


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These are beautiful! Reminds me of Guatemalan tamales, which are steamed in plantain or other large tropical leaves. The leaves are unfolded and become the plate!
 
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Bowls made of leaves, very siilar to there, are very common in India. Unfortunately, styrofoam bowls and paper plates with a silvery layer are becoming more common as they look more modern and fancy.
 
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