Faculty from Naresuan University research team has found a creative way to make disposable food container from environmentally friendly material. The bowls shown above were made from the leaves of bastard teak, teak, and banyan trees. The plates were then layered with starch to add the glossy look. They are watertight and can hold hot water without leakage, and then naturally degrade after discarded.
This is a brilliant alternative to styrofoam containers which are bad for the environment, and even worse for your health. Styrofoam is made from the plastic polystyrene, which is based on building blocks called styrene monomers. Styrene has also been linked to nerve damage and hormonal disruption. When you drink your steaming cup of coffee or spoon your chicken noodle soup or chili out of a Styrofoam cup, you also take in small doses of chemicals that leach from it. “Trace amounts of styrene as well as various chemical additives in polystyrene migrate into food, which increases significantly in hot liquids,” explains Olga Naidenko, PhD, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org).