Towards the end of 2010, the world of media and telecommunications began asking for sustainable packaging solutions. In the search for solutions, PLA (a biobased plastic made from maize and sugar cane, among other things) was the obvious choice because it was the market leader in bioplastics then, as it is now. But PLA was and is more expensive than fossil plastics.
Since mixing with other materials was and is not unknown in the plastics industry and tempting solutions such as mixing PLA with fossil variants were obvious. Good for the overall product performance and good for the cost price, but not good for the environment once the packaging becomes waste.
At that time, an alternative material, namely pure palm leaf, was being tested. A material that has been used in many countries located around the equator, but mainly in India and South-East Asia, for plates and bowls since time immemorial. But as packaging, it was also expensive and not at all suitable for industrial use.