Before single-use plastic was popularized by multinational corporations based in the global north, food and produce in Asia were traditionally packaged in organic materials.
“In the Philippines, meat vendors wrapped meat in banana leaves or strung them using bamboo twine. Vendors also used tree leaves to wrap other goods such as fruits, vegetables, fish etc. This is still being done in some provinces these days.” according to the report of #breakfreefromplastic member, GAIA Asia Pacific
Source: Sachet Economy: Big Problems In Small Packets, 2020