Jute material cares for environment and animal welfare
Credits: Maya Vishwakarma (Content Writer)
What is jute?
Jute is a natural vegetable fibre also known as the Golden Fibre for its color. Jute is one of the most affordable fibre and occupies place next to cotton as an important fibre crop of India. It is produced primarily from plants in the genus Corchorus, made from outer stem and skin of the plant. Due to its inherent high tensile strength, low extensibility, moderate moisture retention, cheapness, lustre and uniformity of its fibre Jute is in great demand.
History and Origin
The jute plant originated from the Indian subcontinent which provides favorable warm and wet climatic conditions for its cultivation. India and Bangladesh account for about 95% of global jute production with India being the largest jute producing country in the world.
For centuries, jute, grown in the Ganges Delta, has been an integral part of India. The importance and use of jute spread to different parts of the world, where it is called hessian fibre. Jute is being used for diversified applications due to its techno-commercial cost competitiveness as well as eco-friendly, biodegradable characteristics.
Applications of Jute
Diversified jute products are becoming more and more valuable to the consumer today. The various end-use applications of jute are:
Apparel - its lustre, softness and uniformity make it ideal for the production of comfort wear clothes
Home textiles - this fibre is traditionally used for floor covering mats, curtains, chair coverings and carpets
Industrial/Technical - owing to its long length and tensile strength, jute is widely used in making rope and twine for industrial use and making baskets and bags for storing grain and agricultural products
Why is jute eco-friendly?
Cast your eyes over the facts below that makes jute an eco-friendly alternative to plastic products:
Growth efficiency- Jute offers large crop yield for the area of land it’s grown upon, meaning it requires less land compared to other crops and therefore reducing the need to encroach upon wilderness and natural habitats.
Biodegradable and compostable- Jute fibers are composed primarily of the cellulose (the major component of plant fiber) and lignin (major components of wood fiber), which are compostable and can also act as raw material for the production of ethanol (alternative combustible)
Recyclable-Jute products are hard-wearing and can be used repeatedly.
Oxygen Release- Jute absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releases oxygen at a rate much higher than most trees
Organic supply- Jute can be grown without the need to use pesticide or fertilizer, promoting organic farming.
Improve soil Fertility- Jute cultivation actually enhances soil fertility for future crops
Reduction in deforestation- The woody core of the jute plant (called Hurd) has the potential to meet the majority of the world’s wood need
How to clean Jute Material?
Dry cleaning is recommended for any structured burlap garment or home accessory. Jute items must be hand washed separately in cool water using a mild soap. Jute fabrics can be brittle so it must be handled gently. It is recommended not to wring or twist the wet fabric. If the piece needs ironing, it should be done while it is still damp. Use a low heat temperature for the iron and iron the piece on the back side to prevent any pressing marks and preserve the natural weave. For best results, air dry or line dry away from direct sunlight.
Jute is a fiber with undeniable eco credentials and offers the great alternative for plastic products. We at ANIMAL MARK emphasize on articles made from jute. We have dedicated space in our store for jute products (click here) to make it easily available to you. If you take an interest in the environmental impact of your lifestyle and also in animal welfare, then buy eco-friendly products.
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