What is Jute?
Jute is a natural plant fiber made from the outer stem and skin of the jute plant. It is a long, soft, shiny fiber. This plant requires up to eight cm of rainfall per week. It takes six months to mature. The fibers are first extracted by a process called retting. Retting consists of bundling stems along and immersing them in slow running water. After retting, the non-fibrous material is scraped off and workers pull the crucial fibers from the jute stem. This laborious job is known as stripping and must be done by hand. Collected fiber is long, soft, and shiny. Because of the strength of the fibers, it can be spun into coarse, strong, durable yarn or thread. This yarn is then used to make the sturdy hessian or burlap and gunny cloth. We produce tote bag, gunny bag, bed sheet, sandal, etc. with this eco-friendly product.
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Echo-friendly qualities of Jute:
- Jute bags are durable and reusable, an excellent replacement for plastic bags
- Does not require pesticide or fertilizer, even if used it requires significantly less amount compared to other crops
- Maturity in less than 6 months and less land is required compared to other crops reducing and therefore reduces the need to impact wilderness and natural habitats
- Absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releases oxygen at a rate much higher than most plants
- Jute cultivation enhances soil fertility for future crops
- The woody core of the jute plant (called hurd) has the potential to meet the majority of the world’s wood needs. Currently underutilized, jute hurd could play a key role in the reduction of deforestation.
- Jute fiber is entirely bio-degradable and compostable (it degrades biologically in 1 to 2 years) and recyclable