Jute - The Golden Fibre
Jute, also known as the golden fibre, is one of the most abundant, natural, versatile, and eco-friendly fibre and is biodegradable and recyclable. It is produced from plants of the genus Corchorus olitorius (tossa jute) and Corchorus capsularis(white jute).
Heralded as the Fibre of the Future, Jute is making its way into the fashion arena. A bag you can carry with pride, knowing Mother Earth loves Jute! Jute is a natural air cleanser – One hectare of Jute plants can absorb up to 15 tons of carbon dioxide and release 11 tons of oxygen, much more than any other fibre. During their growth they assimilate three times more CO2 than the average tree, converting the CO2 into oxygen.
Jute crops increase soil fertility as the remnants and wastes of the jute crop replenish many nutrients making the field beneficial for the next crop. Jute also has a very low requirement for fertilizers or pesticides, making it highly organic. Most importantly, jute is 100% biodegradable. Compare that with plastics that we use everyday, which can take 20-1000 years to decompose!
Jute bags VS Polypropylene (PP) non-woven bags
Most non-woven bags offered in the market are made of Polypropylene (commonly referred to in the industry as PP). PP non-woven bags are recyclable but they are NOT biodegradable (i.e., they do not decompose completely). Therefore, at the end of their useful life span, they leave a non-biodegradable footprint when the bags are discarded. Jute, on the other hand, is 100% biodegradable since it is a natural fibre. At the end of their long lifespan, jute bags may be either recycled or disposed of along with other refuse and it will biodegrade. Jute also has a very tensile strength and are usually longer lasting as compared to PP non-woven bags.
Jute bags typically have a cost premium compared to PP non-woven bags. However, the natural nature of Jute, its unique biodegradable property and higher durability justifies the cost and many environmentally-responsible organizations from around the world have chosen to use bags made from Jute for their requirements.
The versatility of jute allows it to be used in fashion, geo-textiles, packaging industrial and agricultural commodities, flood embankment procedures, jewelries, home and decor, handicrafts and many more.
Hydrocarbon free jute bags, also called food bags are widely used for packaging food products like rice, wheat, coffee and tea. They are treated with vegetable oil that prevents off-flavours and off-tastes of the food products
In a nutshell
- 100% biodegradable and reusable
- Highly durable and strong
- Natural air-purifier
- Organic and has low or no requirement for fertilizers and pesticides
- Increases soil fertility
- Fashionable and eco-friendly