Innovative modern handmade products made using Palmyra leaf could be a good solution for the overuse of plastics in daily life says Mumbai based Palmyra conservationist Rev Godson Samuel, even as the world community recently deliberated ways to combat climate change in Glasgow.
46 year old Rev Samuel, who originally hails from Tamil Nadu’s Nagercoil, also showcases an incredible range of contemporary palm products to woo communities to switch to this alternative to plastic, which would work well from what he calls “cradle to coffin”.
The impressive collection include aesthetically hand woven palm leaf made cradle, backpack, rain coat, umbrella, shoes, caps, sweet box, vanity and multi utility bags, jewellery box, umbrella, decorative items, greeting cards, portraits and even palm leaf coffin.
He has explored and given shape to these possibilities after working with lots of artisans across South India. If made popular, this lifestyle “would replace lot of plastic, wood and leather” Rev Samuel adds.
The produce from the tree including the fruit, sprout, tender fruit, palm jaggery and neera are popular besides the range of utilities for palm leaf and the trunk of the tree, however its potential to drastically cut use of plastic, Rev Samuel says “ought to be made popular”. “A change in mindset among consumers to turn eco-friendly in things widely used daily would give a good impetus” he adds.