Known as the “golden fibre” jute is the natural fibre of excellence. It is a highly ecological and sustainable material. A hectare of jute plants consumes about 15 tonnes of carbon dioxide and releases 11 tonnes of oxygen. Jute is fully biodegradable and rots down into soil.
What is jute?
Jute is a natural fibre extracted from the bark of the tropical jute plant, located under the main stem. It is produced from two main plant varieties: Corchorus capsularis (white jute) and Corchorus olitorius (tossa jute). The popular name for jute is “the Golden Fibre” owing to its golden colour and silky shine. It is 100% natural and ecological.
Why do we use jute to make our reusable produce bags?
Jute it is a fantastic natural fibre that meets all the requirements to be considered an ecological and sustainable material. It has been used since ancient times for the production of textile and for the transport and storage of grain, rice and wheat. Jute is one of nature’s strongest vegetable fibres. Silky, soft and smooth and non irritable for your skin. This makes it ideal for the manufacture of reusable cloth produce bags for your zero waste shopping needs.
What are the requirements of an ecological and sustainable material?
Little use of water
Jute is watered by rainwater during the tropical monsoon period. It does not need to be supplied with water from rivers, lakes or aquifers which can bring contaminated water with organic impurities such as algae, sand or leaves. It also uses very little water during the production process.
Biodegradable and recyclable
Jute breaks down into natural chemical elements in a relatively short period of time. This transformation occurs due to the action of living organisms (bacteria, microorganisms, fungi, worms, insects, etc.) that use the fibres to produce energy and create other substances such as amino acids, new tissues or new organisms.
Scarce use of fertilizers or pesticides
Jute is cultivated in the rick alluvial basin of the Ganges Delta. The extraction process is carried out using retting – a natural biological processes of submerging the stalks in water. This property is essential, especially in the case of produce bags that we use to store food.
Strength and durability
Jute is one of the strongest natural vegetable fibres making it idea for the production of bags to hold and carry produce.
Its carbon footprint is minimal: One hectare of jute plant consumes about 15 tons of carbon dioxide and releases 11 tons of oxygen. The assimilation of CO2 is several times greater than that of trees.
Jute cultivation helps the fertility of the soil where it is cultivated, which allows it to be used for other types of crops as well, such as rice.
Helps conserve your food
Anti-static properties, breathability and low moisture retention make jute great for storing your food.