German Company Sells ‘Tapari’ for Rs 1300 a Piece Calling It High-Tech Biodegradable Plate

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A German company is selling the common Nepali household item ‘tapari’ rebranding it as a high-tech biodegradable plate.

But in Nepal, it’s not just about what you eat but how you eat as well. For instance, eating ‘prasad’ in a plastic or street bowl is never satisfying in a plastic or steel bowl as it is in the traditional ‘Tapari’.

Called by a variety of names like Duna, Tapari, etc, the practice of eating on a plate made out of leaves is a very common practice in Nepal.

The practice of eating in ‘tapari’ with hands encourages sparsh(touch), which is responsible for awakening all the sensory organs in the mind, making the food consumption experience wholesome, according to Acharya Charaka, who was a principal contributor to Ayurveda.  

From community feasts, jatras, weddings, and funerals, to roadside snack shops, tapari are everywhere and are intrinsically a part of Nepali culture.

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The Leaf Republic launched its ‘innovative’ collection of tableware made out of leaves back in 2016, and they pretended it was new and amazing.

The Leaf Republic offered a variety of leaf tableware which included bowls, plates, and trays.

These products were made up of four layers of leaves stitched together with palm fibers, a waterproof leaf-based layer in the middle, and a bioplastic lid on top. With their completely automatic process, the company claimed it was completely organic, free from any plastic, oil, glue, or chemicals.

Despite its impressive designs and marketing, Leaf Republic was shut down in 2018, as its raw materials from India were contaminated en route.

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However, Leaf Republic is not the only German company on this path. A similar company, named ‘Leaf’ has also been selling biodegradable tableware and claims itself to have ‘Europe’s broadest palm leaf product portfolio.’

The company also advertises itself as a ‘worldwide specialist’ and continues to operate as one of the leading suppliers of palm leaf tableware in the catering sector in Germany.

However, it’s not just a case of copied ‘innovation’, they also sold it for a whopping price. The Leaf Republic sold them for 8.50 pounds per piece which is about Rs 1300.

Similarly, natural shower scrub ‘Jalo’ is also being sold on the Amazon with a massive price of NRs. 500.

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