Plastic is piling up in the oceans in the form of unmissable single-use plastic packaging designs and tiny microplastics, which is leading many brands to think about developing natural packaging designs to reduce waste. This natural packaging for natural products was developed out of a vegetable, specifically a member of the gourd family. Dried, the hardshell Lagenaria plant makes a food packaging solutions that's unique in size and patter, eco-friendly, lightweight, water-resistant and durable enough for transportation. The material also boasts the ability to decompose within about a year, making it a much friendlier alternative to plastic, which can stick around for centuries.
For centuries, the gourd has been used for carrying food and water and the demand for sustainable packaging is inspiring a revival of this tradition.