S. Sandeep Kumar
Palm leaf products--plates, trays, cups and bowls--are bio-degradable, eco-friendly, hygienic and above all economical
Hyderabad: Palm leave sheaths can be a good alternative for plastic and aluminium plates, generally used for dining in functions or even at homes.
This is what, Deepam Palm Dish, a Kerala-based organisation has proved and has been reaping benefits. Buoyed with success, the organisation is now offering plates, trays, cups, bowls, hand fans, caps, spoons, forks etc, manufactured by using palm leaves sheaths, in the city.
Taking a cue from the age-old custom of palm leaves sheaths being used for preserve food, an idea was mooted to manufacture plates and bowls using these leaves.
Unlike the hazardous plastic plates, these products are bio-degradable, eco-friendly, hygienic and above all economical, said Lonappan Panthallookkaran, Chief Executive Officer of Deepam Palm Dish (99631-18328) on Tuesday.
Aesthetic in appearance, these products are leak proof, strong and are light weight. They come in different sizes and shapes and manufactured following a simple procedure. The dry palm leaves are treated with turmeric and washed in coldwater to cleanse dirt and germs.
Later, the leaves are sterilised at over 100 degree centigrade and are subjected to a pre-heated moulding process where the product acquires the desired shape, he explained. Ideal for buffet lunch, fast food services, catering services, these products reduce after use labour, since no washing is required and can be disposed of easily. The company appointed Palm Leaf Platters, Habsiguda as its authorised distributors in the State and even provides training for interested persons in setting up a palm plates manufacturing unit.
“It requires Rs. 2 lakh as working capital and five employees to set up this unit. Besides production, the company even assists in the sales and promotions,” said Mr. Panthallookkaran.