What is Jute?
Jute is a long, soft, shiny plant fibre that can be spun into course strong threads.  Jute is one of the most abundant natural fibres, and is second only to cotton in the amount produced and variety of uses.

In the cultivation process, no chemical fertilisers are used, as the crop is grown in alluvial soil which is sufficiently fertile, nor is any pesticide required.  In the spinning process, nothing is used in the case of natural-coloured jute other than batching oil (mineral oil).  The same goes for the weaving and sewing process.  The bottom line is that in the case of natural jute, we understand the process is organic although not certified as such.

The following is sourced from the website of the Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI) - “Jute is very important to the economy of Bangladesh. It is a leading cash crop and still a major source of foreign exchange. Jute provides employment to a considerable labour force; at least 30% of the population is involved in raising the crop. The government earns much revenue from the jute sector. The crop itself improves soil fertility, and its sticks are indispensable to the farmers for fuel, fencing and thatching. Jute is used to manufacture traditional products and packaging materials. The industrial products based on jute are environment friendly and have a world-wide popularity. The use of jute for paper pulp and geo-textile has improved the possibilities for extensive global use.

Nevertheless, jute in Bangladesh has started to suffer. Due to uncertain weather conditions, land scarcity, high input cost and an unfavourable jute-rice price ratio, jute is being pushed to less productive land. Low output prices and insufficient marketing support and extension services affect the jute cultivation and the export earnings.”