- Less Pesticide used to harvest Jute crops as compared to Cotton and other materials.
- High Production level as compared to Cotton as it can be harvested every 4 to 6 months
- Cleans the air – According to studies, 1 hectare of Jute cultivation can release up to 11 tons of oxygen and absorb up to 15 tons of carbon dioxide.
- Reduces burden on Petroleum resources – Jute can be a direct replacement for plastic bags and other related products. Plastic bags are made of Petroleum which is depleting at an alarming pace.
- By Opting for bags and furnitures made of Jute, we can save millions of trees.
- Saves Water – Jute crops need very little water as compared to Cotton, which can consume up to 80% more water.
- Jute is Bio-Degradable – Unlike plastic, which may take up to 400 – 1000 years to break down, the natural fibres of Jute can be composed or breaks down quickly.
- Reduces the effects of plastic pollution – It is a well know fact about the effect of plastic on our planet. By using Jute we can reduce this to a very lower extent.
|PRODUCTION CYCLE||Can be harvested every 4-6 months||Perennial plant grown commercially as an annual crop||---|
|TENSILE STRENGTH||Jute bags are strong, retain their shape & texture||Cotton bags are softer, stretch out of shape, tear and stain easily||---|
|USE OF CHEMICALS||Grown without the use of chemicals or Fertilizers||Need to use Chemicals & Fertilizers to control insects||Petroleum & natural gas are used to make plastic|
|UV||Jute is naturally UV-protected and can safeguard products from UV rays||No UV-protection, which can damage the stored products||---|
|HEAT / TEMPERATURE RESISTANT||Heat sensitive products such as vegetables & fruits remain fresh||Limited heat resistance||---|
|LIFE SPAN||Jute is durable and stronger, maintaining its beauty for longer period of time||Cotton can also maintain its beauty and looks good||A plastic bag is usually used only once or twice making it a short life span product, which in turn overburdens the environment & depletes natural resources like petrochemicals.|
|EFFECT ON ENVIRONMENT||No harmful effect on the environment||With high level of chemicals and pesticides used in its production, cotton releases harmful chemicals from land fills||Plastic bags harm wild life, clog sewage systems, destroys marine life, make soil toxic and so on.|
|BIO DEGRADABILITY||Jute is bio-degradable and breaks down easily in landfills||Cotton is also bio-degradable but takes longer time than Jute to break down||Plastic is Non-biodegradable|
|USE AS COMPOST||Jute can be used for composting in Gardening||Generally not suitable for composting||Can not be used as compost|
|NATURAL SYSTEM||Jute crops rely on natural rainfalls and uses almost 80% less water than others||May consume huge irrigation system to fulfil its water needs||Plastic is not a natural material|
|SOIL FERTILITY||Jute crop Enhances fertility of the soil for future crops||Cotton uses a lot of water through irrigation which causes salinization of soil, and eventually it may become wasteland||Plastic can cause serious soil pollution and toxicity|
|SOCIAL OBLIGATION||Jute production is labor intensive and not suitable for mechanical harvesting, therefore it supports a large number of small farming communities||Cotton production is suitable for mechanical harvesting||Plastic manufacturing process is mostly mechanised|
The following videos show the harmful effects of plastic and why we should look at using Jute and other bio-degradable alternatives to plastic: