hot meals on banana leaves
Quezon National High School students are being served meals on banana leaves as an alternative to plastics and styrofoam. Credits to Peewee Bacuño.

Quezon National High School in Lucena City has started to use banana leaves supported by Manila paper in serving hot meals to students.

The alternative eating plate is part of the school canteen’s measure to comply with the no-plastics rule.

Around 50 food stalls in QNHS switched to the banana leaves plates in serving meals instead of using plastics and styrofoam packaging.

The eco-project using banana leaves is an initiative of teachers from the school’s Technology and Livelihood Department in cooperation with the food stall owners.

The students are still enjoying the same meal price from their favorite stalls since there is no extra cost added to their food because of the banana leaves.

The food stall owners are buying their supply of banana leaves from the local market sellers who also benefit from the sustainability project as the demand for banana leaves increases.

The school is also working on turning the used banana leaves into fertilizer for the gardens.

The eco-project of the Quezon National High School has reached other schools in the province and some have already expressed intent to follow their lead and implement the environmental initiative in their respective campuses.

Similar ways of helping the environment have been explored and implemented by several organizations in the Philippines, as their contribution to lessening the impact of pollution and climate change.

The Wala Usik school canteen of Bulata National High School in Negros Occidental has been championing plastic-free culture through the use of alternative eating utensils such as mugs made of bamboo, bowls from coconut shells, and plates from banana leaves.

The Liberty Commercial Center in Legazpi, Albay also went viral for using banana leaves for vegetable packaging instead of single-use plastics.

Eco Hub Cebu produces and sells biodegradable pencils that can grow into plants once the stub is placed on moist soil.

SEND congratulations in the comments below to Quezon National High School for their initiative to use eco-friendly eating utensils!

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