Publish date : 17 May, 2022

According to Future Market Insights or FMI, the global jute bags market is anticipated to flourish at 4.9% CAGR and touch the US$ 1.2bn mark in 2022. Back home, the Indian jute bags market will undergo a growth opportunity of US$ 148mn by 2032. There will be a 2.1x increase from 2022 to 2032. While the world is increasingly shifting to plastic’s best alternative, why do you think should we join the horde and use jute bags too?

Well, FMI says, this vigorous increase in jute bag use is due to its low cost, biodegradability, sustainability and durability. In fact, India presently boasts the most lucrative market for jute bags. But what’s there in this vegetable fibre that’s making the world, including Eco Bags International, go crazy for it?  

Understanding Jute – What is a Jute Bag Used for?

Regarded as the ‘Golden Fibre’, jute is a soft, shiny, long fibre of its plant that’s spun into strong, coarse threads. It comes after cotton as the most versatile fabric which can be used to make a number of products like bags, rugs, mats, baskets, curtains, cushions, shoes, home decor, etc.

Jute plants require little to no pesticides and fertilisers along with less water compared to cotton. Also, they require a lesser portion of land for cultivation, which preserves a lot of wilderness and natural habitats.

The actual fibre is extracted from the plant’s outer skin and stem. The stalks are tied together and soaked in slow-running water for around 20 days to let the tissues soften and the fibres separate. Interestingly, this cultivation of jute is limited to the Indian subcontinent, Bangladesh and China.

Jute: Its Advantages and Disadvantages

Well, to begin with, the positives, check out below:

  • Cost-effective raw material in the market
  • Satisfactory moisture regain property
  • 100% biodegradable
  • Blends well with other synthetic and natural fibres
  • Low thermal conductivity
  • Excellent antistatic properties
  • Perfectly usable in textile, woven, non-woven and agricultural sectors
  • High tensile strength

Like every good thing has a darker side, jute has its own share of disadvantages.

  • Low crease resistance
  • Excessive wetting leads to loss of jute’s strength
  • Can become yellowish on exposure to sunlight
  • Poor drape property
  • Zero lustre
  • Flexibility of the material is poor