Switch To Jute Bags To Save The Environment

They are eco-friendly and durable

Aindrisha Mitra Published Sep 29, 2020 19:30:45 IST
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It’s high time you ditched that plastic bag to carry things around. There’s a far better, eco-friendly and reusable alternative—jute bags.

Over the decades, the jute fibre has increasingly been used to make bags, not just because of its eco-friendly nature but also due to its widespread availability in warm, fertile and humid areas, such as the Indian subcontinent.

There are variants too. For instance, burlap, a finer quality of the fabric, is used for industrial and packaging purposes. They are popularly used as sacks to carry and transport food items and perishables such as vegetables. With jute’s growing popularity, more customizable, feasible and efficient forms have come into existence, ranging from beach bags to tote bags.

Additionally, jute is also used to make various decorative items, from carpets to upholstery and other furnishings.

How are jute bags made?

After harvesting, the jute fibres are cut into strips and then woven in a loom. They are then sewn together to produce jute bags. While the bags are usually brown or beige, you can choose to have it coloured with a shade of your choice.

Why use jute bags?

A biodegradable fibre, jute can also be composted. It poses no harm to the environment and doesn’t contaminate it either, which makes it a far safer option than some other fabrics out there.

Jute bags are mostly lightweight yet sturdy. They are more resistant to wear and tear, compared to fabrics like cotton, which makes them suitable for storing rice or sugar. They are also easy to carry around.

Jute bags are reusable and also fairly simple to wash and clean. There are also waterproof variants of jute bags available.

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