What Are Jute Bags?

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Jute bags are reusable bags made of jute. Our jute bags are fairtrade and screen printed by hand so they are ethical as well as practical. You may be wondering what a jute bag is but you should be asking what is jute.

What is Jute?

Jute is a long and strong vegetable fibre that comes from a couple of different plants, Corchorus capsularis and Corchorus olitorius, with Corchorus capsularis giving the better quality fibres.

Jute has been used for centuries and is becoming more and more popular due to its ready availability and environmental credentials.

The fibres used for making fabric come from the stem of the plant and are manually separated. Jute is one of the most affordable and environmentally friendly natural fabrics. It is the most commonly used vegetable fibre after cotton but unlike cotton, it is grown with very little need for fertilizers or pesticides.

Once the jute fibres are extracted they have many uses and can be woven into rope, fabric for clothing and bags, rugs and jute can be easily blended with other fibres. One of the most common uses for jute is hessian sacks used to package coffee and other commodities.

Why is Jute a good material for bags?

Jute makes a good material for bags as it is:

  • Easy to grow with little chemical intervention required.
  • Very eco-friendly and 100% biodegradable.
  • Strong and durable with a high tensile strength.
  • Sturdy enough to produce free standing bags with a rectangular base perfect for shopping.
  • Widely farmed and so one of the most affordable natural fibres available.
  • Easy to colour.

How Jute bags can be used.

A jute bag is used for everything from packaging bulk commodities to doing your weekly shopping. Our range of jute bags come in a huge variety of patterns and sizes so they can be used for everything from packaging gifts or taking your lunch to work to help you carry the weekly shop.

Larger jute shopping bags make a great alternative to plastic bags for life. They are strong, easy to pack and carry and last really well. They also look much nicer and are fully recyclable or compostable at the end of their life.

The smaller just bags make an excellent reusable gift bag or can be given as part of the gift. They are also the perfect size to take your lunch to work with you or carry your purse and water bottle if you don’t want to take a large handbag.

The medium-sized bags are perfect for a trip to the shops, larger gifts, and all sorts of other uses including keeping a change of clothes in the car, taking a blanket and towel to the beach or even to use as a handbag alternative.

Next up: Are Jute Bags Eco-Friendly?