In the search to contribute to the care of the environment, there are those who are constantly looking for materials that can replace plastic. One of the solutions that has gained popularity is jute. Does this option work?
It is a fabric of ecological and sustainable material that has gained extra points compared to plastic bags due to its characteristics of resistance and durability. Next, we tell you what are its advantages and disadvantages.
What is jute?
Jute, also known as “golden fiber“, is a plant whose scientific name is Corchorus Capsularis. It is mainly produced in India, where it also comes from. Still, it can grow in tropical regions.
There are several species, but the most used is white. Although the Corchorus Olitorius or Tossa Jute species is of better quality, it is usually more difficult to grow.
It is likely that you have a purse, carpet, basket or fabric made of this material without knowing it. Due to its advantages in the textile industry – and that it is also economical – it has been used for the manufacture of various articles for at least 5000 years.
- Due to its strength, jute is often used in the manufacture of bags for the storage and transport of agricultural products. It is common to see it as packaging cereals, sugar or potatoes.
- It is not only used to replace shopping bags. It is also being used as an option for silver bags, gift packaging, covers, among others.
- In the automotive industry it is an element used in the manufacture of composite materials.
Advantages of jute: why is it better than plastic bags?
Due to its characteristics, jute is considered a better option compared to plastic. In fact, some advantages have been identified over materials made with cotton. Here is a list of its benefits.