Atrileaf ~ A Journey Through Nature
Can we change the way we consume?
It was precisely this thought that struck me when I got the chance to visit a tribal forest village deep inside a national park in South East India. Out there during lunch, we sat on the ground and ate food served in plates and cups that were created with leaves by the tribal villagers. The feel of simple, warm, earthy existence struck a chord deep within. Post a sumptuous meal we disposed our plates and cups under a tree in a small open ditch.
At some point when I noticed an entire pile of used leaf plates and cups of varied sizes collected in that ditch somehow did not appear like garbage, it got me thinking about just how we choose to consume especially in urbanized cities. The same cities we chose to make our homes, earn a living, settle down and make a life
I returned with a strong resolve to do something that could effect even a small yet meaningful change. I wondered aloud, thought a lot and finally found my calling when I
Once again witnessed a pile of plastic disposables at a friend’s house party. The sight of that pile gave me the answer I was looking for.
And that’s how the dream of starting Atri-Leaf began with this strong belief that slowly but surely we need to change our habits and lifestyle to suit the bigger needs of our ecology.
After spending months looking around and researching many leaf options, I zeroed down on a combination of leaves ideal to handle dry, solid, semi liquid and liquid states in food. As day passed it became increasingly clear that all the elements in the product and the process itself had to be 100% natural
The final product is a result of compressing layers of leaves on semi automatic machines and stitching them up with natural palm fiber.
The layers of leaves provide strength and natural palm fiber stich provides durability to our products to handle tough liquid sate in dishes.
India possesses rich floristic wealth and diversified genetic resources of medicinal plants. The Forest in India is a source of livelihood to numerous people. Several of its plant species have very large applications in the traditional folk medicine and modern medicinal technology has confirmed many botanical constituents for their anti bacterial activity.
Ayurveda too endorses eating in leaf plate as beneficial due to the presence of polyphenols in the leaves which act as natural anti-oxidants.
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Credit : Vinay Subramanian