For centuries, the natural fiber jute has been known for its suitability for making stuff like rope, twine, carpet, rugs, and hessian cloth. But, recently it’s been making a name for itself for another purpose.
Jute is emerging as a great, environmentally friendly ingredient in the footwear footwear industry.
Renotex Jute Board
According to Fibre2Fashion.com, Texon International and APL Polyfab will market and further develop Renotex jute board for footwear and other applications.
According to Mr Mani Almal, Managing Director, APL Polyfab:
It was during 2000, I started to focus on natural and environmental products and Jute was found as one of the best natural crop fibre with surplus production in our state of Bengal with potential in diversified applications due to its properties.
Other applications for Renotex jute will include use in automobiles, helmet, others with fire retardant properties.
Also, the article says the following about Renotex jute:
Renotex jute natural is not only environmental friendly product but also has most of the features required by footwear insoles and footbeds which are met in just one product. It thus helps in saving huge inventory of varieties of materials.
Renotex flexible range is resistant to water absorption with faster de-absorption, apart from excellent tensile /tear strength, bonding, breathable, stroble, anti-skid, electrical resistance, insulation properties to suit insoles.
Renotex – R is a flexible range suitable for insoles, strobel for safety shoes and matting whereas RENOTEX – P is mouldable with eco-friendly resin & rubbers suitable for foot beds and some premium ranges of expensive footwear.
Existing Applications of Jute Footwear
Jute is already being used in various types of footwear. For example you can buy jute shoes, jute slippers, jute mojari, jute juttis and more.
Here are some websites offering jute footwear:
Hopefully jute becomes more popular in footwear in the years ahead.