Phu Yen (VNA) – Nguyen Van Tuyen, a 38-year-old man from Phu Yen, has successfully designed and produced eco-friendly plates made from the leaves of sea grape, a tropical tree.
Sea grape (scientific name coccoloba uvifera) are common in Phu Yen and central localities. Recognizing their potential, Tuyen, a graduate of Ho Chi Minh City Transport University, came up with the idea of using sea vine leaves to make dishes to replace single-use plastic and foam plates. .
Tuyen, who also started a project to make cups, dishes and spoons from areca palm leaves in Quang Ngai province in 2020, buys the leaves for 200 VND each.
Tuyen said that in early 2021, he brought sea vine leaves to Quang Ngai for trial production and found that it only takes 30 seconds to make a good plate from the shaped leaves. triangle or heart. Each plate, which sells for 2,000 VND (0.086 USD), can be used 10 times before being thrown away. They are practical for restaurants and tourist activities, replacing those made from environmentally harmful materials.
Tuyen said 7,000 plates made from sea vine leaves were exported to Poland and the product was introduced to the Singapore market.
“I try to make square cups and plates with a size of 12-15cm, or graft two sheets together to make larger products with better durability,” Tuyen said.
With its creative product, Tuyen won first prize in a plastic waste reduction innovation competition organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Vietnam’s South Central Province.
Nguyen Duc Thang, head of the rural development sub-department of the Phu Yen agriculture and rural development department, said plates made from sea grape the sheets are new and environmentally friendly.
Sea grapes grow widely in Phu Yen. This will spur the expansion of sea grape tree planting, helping to prevent erosion and promote tourism in the locality, Thang said.