It would be a huge understatement to say that the world is more eco-conscious than it was a few decades ago. Just take a look at shopping bags. The old single-use plastic bags that create so many environmental problems used to be seen everywhere, but they’re quickly becoming a thing of the past. In their place, more eco-friendly bagging materials are rising up, and one of those materials is jute.
If you’re wondering why jute is so good for the environment, simply read on.
Jute is a vegetable fibre, which makes it a completely natural product. Unlike other bagging materials, it doesn’t require a huge amount of fuel during the manufacturing process, and no manmade resources are required to create it.
One of the main problems with plastic bags is that plastic doesn’t biodegrade. As such, plastic bags either sit in landfill or get into the environment to cause problems for local wildlife. Jute is different. When left unused for some time, it will start to biodegrade on its own. As such, your jute bag is never going to become a problem for the environment.
Everyone already knows that plants take in CO2 and give out oxygen, but some plants are better at doing that than others, and jute is one of the top performers. Studies have shown that a single hectare can absorb up to 25 tons of CO2 and release 11 tons of oxygen during a cultivation season of three months.
Some natural materials aren’t considered eco-friendly because they can’t be sustainably grown. Jute grows incredibly fast – in fact, it’s typically grown and harvested in less than 6 months. This makes it a phenomenally sustainable material.
Easy to Farm
Finally, jute is very easy to farm. It creates very little environmental pollution because almost no fertilizer is needed – the same is true for herbicides and pesticides. It doesn’t even require much water.