Tawi-Tawi vendors use coconut leaves basket as alternative to plastic

Tawi-Tawi vendors
Fruit and vegetable vendors of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi use baskets made entirely of coconut leaves for their produce. Credits to Jan Darren Guiwan of Kapampangan Traveller.

Vendors from Tawi-Tawi in the southern Philippines have come up with an alternative packaging to eliminate the use of plastics by using baskets made from coconut leaves.

The fruits and vegetable vendors of Bongao use baskets made entirely of coconut leaves locally called “Sulingkat” to transport and to display their farm produce in the market.

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Jan Darren Guiwan, the travel blogger who took and shared the photos of Tawi-Tawi vendors in social media, said that the locals told him it’s their way of reducing the use of single-use plastics.

The innovative woven baskets are products of the ideas of people from Tawi-Tawi to help save the environment.

A woman from Tawi-Tawi and her “sulingkat” filled with vegetables. Credits to Jan Darren Guiwan of Kapampangan Traveller.

Various Filipino organizations and institutions have been advocating sustainability by using alternatives to plastics used in food preparation and packaging.

The Liberty Commercial Center in Albay also went “green” by using banana leaves in wrapping their vegetables instead of using plastics.

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

The Wala Usik school canteen of Bulata National High School in Negros Occidental has been using bamboo mugs, coconut shell bowls, and plates from banana leave instead of those made from plastic materials.

SEND cheers in the comments below to Tawi-Tawi vendors for their sustainable practice using coconut leaves instead of plastic packaging!

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Atom Pornel is a tourism and broadcast journalism major who loves local art and heritage and is passionate about anything good news from the Philippines. Born from a Bicolano-Odionganon father and Waray mother, he has grown appreciation of our diversity as nation.