How is a BANG consortium bag recyclable?
BANG consortium’s jute shopping bags do not need mechanical recycling.  They are naturally recyclable by virtue of jute being 100% naturally biodegradable.

Moisture, water and soil contact and prolonged exposure to sunlight are catalysts for degradation of raw jute fibre, which in appropriate conditions will degrade quickly (within 2-3 months).  Degraded jute products have a fertilising effect through increasing soil nutrient and biomass, so its impact on wet or dry landfill is negligible and beneficial. 

Except in strong winds or water current, an empty jute shopping bag is unlikely to fly or float away to clog drains or pollute waterways.  In that event, its quick degradation when in contact with water means that its impact will be minimal and short term, and its degradation does not leach any dangerous chemicals into waterways, rather is has a fertilising effect through increasing soil nutrients.  Jute fibre is commonly applied as a geotextile, used as natural mulch around newly planted seedlings or to provide soil stability for new plantings in eroded or unstable areas.

Accordingly, jute is ideal for commercial or domestic composting or mulching, and an expired jute shopping bag that is no longer useful for carrying goods can be used around the garden and planted with new plantings.

Handy tips for consumers to recycle their bags include using them in or around the garden, disposal in compost bins, as a layer of mulch matting on their garden, or as a “geotextile” to contain tree and shrub roots and soil during planting, as the entire bag can be planted into the soil with the tree.