Jute is a type of vegetable fiber used to make items such as rope, twine, carpet, rugs, hessian cloth, and much more. It’s leaves and roots have also been used as food and medicine in some parts of India and Bangladesh.
Jute plants come in two varieties; White Jute (Corchorus capsularis) and Tossa Jute (Corchorus olitorius). Jute is a flowering plant, and can grow to around 10 feet tall.
Jute fiber is quite strong, and it doesn’t fibrillate or bleach easily. It is one of the cheapest natural fibers available, and has a wide range of applications on top of the aforementioned ones. Jute can be used to make paper, geotextile, a fiberglass alternative, particleboard, and more.
I wrote about some of these uses of jute, as well as the potential it has in these areas.
Environmental Benefits of Jute
Jute has many environmental benefits.
For starters, it’s carbon dioxide neutral, improves soil quality, and it has a high biological efficiency. Products made from jute are 100% biodegradable, recyclable, and can be easily disposed without causing environmental hazards.
Here’s more detail on the environmental benefits of jute.
Where can I buy Jute Products?
You might be able to find jute products at your local organic clothing or homeware store. There are a lot of jute bags around for example.
Online, there many websites offering jute products but it’s hard to find one offering online purchases. Amazon.com do have a range of jute products. You could try their jute bags, or their apparel section (which also has some bags).
If you’re a retailer, you could try the Jute Industry website.