Jute bag is one of the most affordable natural fibers and second only to cotton in the amount produced and variety of uses. Jute fibers are composed primarily of the plant materials cellulose and lignin. It falls into the bast fiber category (fiber collected from bast, the phloem of the plant, sometimes called the “skin”) along with kenaf, industrial hemp, flax (linen), ramie, etc. The industrial term for jute fiber is raw jute. The fibers are off-white to brown and 1–4 meters (3–13 feet) long. Jute is also called the “golden fiber” for its color and high cash value.
Jute was used in traditional textile machinery as fibers having cellulose (vegetable fiber content) and lignin (wood fiber content). But, the major breakthrough came when the automobile, pulp and paper, and the furniture and bedding industries started to use jute and its allied fibers with their nonwoven and composite technology to manufacture nonwoven, technical textiles, and composites. Therefore, jute has changed its textile fiber outlook and steadily heading towards its newer identity, i.e., wood fiber. As a textile fiber, jute has reached its peak from where there is no hope of progress, but as wood fiber, jute has many promising features.
Every year, around 500 billion (500,000,000,000) plastic bags are used worldwide. So many that over one million bags are being every minute, and they’re damaging our environment. As poly bags are made from petroleum and are non-biodegradable, and manufacturing paper bags requires large quantities of wood, it is advisable to use jute and cloth bags, which are made from renewable natural fibers.
Benefits of using jute and cloth bags
- Environmentally friendly.
- It does not require maintenance.
- 100% bio-degradable and sustainable
- Cost-effective and cheaper than plastic and paper bags.
- Strong and can carry more weight as compared to promotional carry bags.
- Durable and long-lasting, not easy to tear like Plastic and Paper bags do.
- Jute has good insulating and antistatic properties, low thermal conductivity, and moderate moisture regain.
5 Benefits of Eco-friendly Jute Bags
- Jute is a 100% biodegradable and eco-friendly material and does not pollute our environments like plastic and poly, and we should encourage the usage of jute bags so that we can also contribute to our environment to make our planet a clean and healthy place to live in.
- Jute is a vegetable plant whose fibers are dried in long strips, and it’s one of the cheapest natural materials available; the plants from which jute is obtained grow mainly in warm and humid regions, such as Bangladesh, China, and India.
- Jute can be grown year-round and is harvested every six months. It can take decades to produce the same volume of wood fiber, and it requires much larger tracts of land to cultivate.
- Jute is very strong and highly durable, 100% biodegradable (it degrades biologically in 1 to 2 years), low-energy recyclable, and causes no threat to the environment. Carrying products in a Jute bag has no threat to hygiene.
- Jute bags can be used multiple times. Plastic bags are made to use once only. Thus, it is seen that lots of such things are dumped in the face of waterways, sewage, parks, beaches, or streets. Jute bags are seen to maintain their gloss and glaze for a longer time. They are made from natural fiber and thus are able to keep their strength for a rather long period.