Remember having weekly langar in your neighborhood as a kid? We were always served food in leaf plates a.k.a ‘pattal’ or ‘donnai’, right? We Indians have grown up eating food at temples in such “leaf plates” since ever. In some Indian villages, the traditional wedding feast is also served in such leaf plates. This is nothing less than a part of our centuries-old culture, isn’t it?
Leaf Republic, a German company manufactures plates and tableware made up of leaves. These plates are 100% biodegradable.
Indians, like always, were left baffled at this out of the box invention by the West! After all, we have been aware of the idea of eco-friendly leaf plates for ages.
Desi Twitterati took no time to school them on the basics and roots of their latest discovery. Here’s how they welcomed the idea:
😂😂😂 scientific breakthrough that is sold in india markets for few cents
— P. ভট্টাচার্য (@hungrybengali) February 22, 2019
Indians have been using these since like last 3000 years but then foreign Invaders started propaganda that Bone-China crockery is posh.
Costs only 4-5 cents. The native name is "Pattal" – where patta means leaves.
Can be made of a wide variety of leaves. pic.twitter.com/s7guaARaK3
— Raj (@rajneeshk) February 23, 2019
You guys just be joking. It must be new to you. It's an everyday story in India. pic.twitter.com/a9N1plKrWi
— Aunty Indian 🇮🇳 (@deepakjoze) February 22, 2019
The whites have discovered pattals https://t.co/nJon0BRSax
— Mitali (@Just_Screams) February 22, 2019
Have you tried the leaf-spoons yet?
DIY spoon made from jackfruit tree's leaves & tiny sticks (usually from the midrib pulled out from coconut tree's leaflets)
-Easy to make & ecofriendly.
-will make your porridge taste better😉
(Pics taken from google images) pic.twitter.com/Y5Wm3nWsdz
— lavanya neliath (@NeliathLavanya) February 22, 2019
In India we have been eating on these since BC.. lol..try hard..the west can catch us😂
— AabraKaDabra (@KidOnJoint) February 22, 2019
Phew.🙄🙄🙄 Come to India and visit temples. Ull get this donnai. What have u exactly invented ? We have been using leaf plates for centuries. pic.twitter.com/SDcb0BYvW1
— krithika sivaswamy (@krithikasivasw) February 23, 2019
Do some research, in India we have been using this for centuries if not thousands of years.
— Sudip 🇮🇳 (@iam_Sudip) February 22, 2019
Ironically, even the tagline of the company reads “I am Like You. I am Different”. For they are certainly trying to be like ‘us’ living on our wisdom still calling their so-called “innovation” different (just saying).