Jute Bags: An alternative to Plastic Bags
For an ample duration now, numerous activists have been raising their voice against the usage of plastic bags and stressing over the urge to find an alternative. Campaigns such as, Say NO to Plastics, Planet or Plastics, Be Plastic Clever and others have been sanguinely doing the rounds on various social media platforms for years.
One of the main reasons why Polypropylene bags or Plastic bags are still widely used is due to its low “cost”. But ultimately, we are putting our and the future generation lives at stake as plastic enters our food chains leading its way into our body. PP bags are not easily degradable, which means they do not decompose easily causing a threat to the environmental balance. It takes upto 1,000 years for plastic items to disintegrate. Every year, an estimated 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enter the oceans, thus becoming a major constituent of the floating waste (Great Pacific Garbage patch). What makes matters worse is that aquatic animals absorb them, mistaking it as jellyfish.
On the other hand, Jute is a natural fibre that is obtained from plants. These plants are mainly found in warm and humid regions of South-East Asia, in countries like India and Bangladesh. That explains why these two countries produce the best quality of Jute bags, an ideal alternative to Plastic Bags. The versatility of jute has churned innovative bags such as Shopping Bags, Wine Bottle Bags, Corporate Bags, Fashion Bags and plenty more.
Advantages of Jute Bags
- Natural Fibre: Jute is a vegetable fiber and one of the most important in terms of usage, global consumption and production.
- Biodegradable: They cause no threat to the environment and are entirely recyclable. It saves 5.4 million tons fossil fuels and forest wood per year.
- Long Lasting: It has high tensile strength, low extensibility and ensures better breathability.
- Reusability: Unlike plastic bags, Jute bags can be used multiple times for multiple purposes like carrying or storing various items.
- The UNESCO has strongly recommended the use of jute and natural fibre for packaging of food materials, particularly.
In a time, when a 16-year old girl Greta Thunberg and the youth is raising its voice to switch to an alternative that can lead to a greener future, it’s about time that we all do our bit to fight against this threat looming on us.