Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FAQs and Facts About Jute and Jute Products

Q. What is Jute?

A. Jute is a vegetable fiber made from stem of a plant which is mostly found in humid regions of tropical areas. Jute is also known as Burlap, Hemp, Mesta, Hessian and Bimli. This jute fiber is used to make ropes, sacks, and many other jute products.

Q. How Many Types of Jute Fibers are There?

Although there are many varieties of jute worldwide, but some common of them are obtained from Corchorus Capsularis plant species which yields White Jute while C. Olitorius species yields Tossa Jute. Apart from jute fiber there are also some jute look alike fibers which are also used in place of jute or are mixed with jute fiber, e.g. Mesta Fibers and Bimli Fibers(inferior in quality). Mesta fibers are taken from Hibiscus sabdariffa Var. altissima and H. cannabinus plant species.

Q. Which Countries are the Major Producer of Jute?

A. Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, China are the major jute producer countries of the world.

Q. Is Jute Environment Friendly?

A. Yes jute is 100% degradable, thus it does not create any pollution. It is totally safe for our environment. I have also written a wonderful blog post on different types of eco friendly benefits of jute.

Q. How Many Types of Products are Made From Jute?

A. Manufacturers of jute products produce a varieties of jute products from jute fiber e.g. different types of bags, carpets, rugs, mats, durries, furniture, furnishing products, stationery products, apparels, footwear, handicrafts, and lot more.

Q. Does Jute Products Come in Fancy Look?

A. Yes all of the jute products are available in fancy designs and lovely colors which can compete with other contemporary products.

Q. Are Jute Products Durable?

A. Yes they are durable. If proper care is taken then jute products can last for long time.

Q. Are Jute Products Costly?

A. No jute products are not costly but are available at very reasonable prices.

Q. Why Jute Bags are Better than Bags Made from Polythene, Canvas and Cotton?

A. Because bags made from these stuff are not eco friendly, but jute bags are totally safe for our environment. As well as jute bags are stronger and more durable than these bags. Jute bags are also available in fancy designs and can also be customized as per the requirement.

Q. How to Take Care of Jute Products?

A. Although there is not so much care is associated with the jute products but we should protect the jute products from long contact with water. For example we should not use the jute rugs, jute carpets and jute mats in near washroom, kitchen or other moist areas. Also jute rugs and carpets are not fit for the areas where number of footfall is very high. To know more information on cleaning jute fabric you can also read my post on how to clean jute rugs and jute carpets.

Q. Is There any Difference Between Jute Sacks and Gunny Bags?

A. No they are same. In European and some other countries jute sacks are also called as gunny bags.

Q. What is Hessian?

A. Jute is also called as hessian; and jute cloth as hessian cloth. Both are same.

Q. What is the difference between Jute and Coir?

A. Jute is fiber made from the stem of jute plant. While the coir is fiber found on the outer layer of the mature coconut. Both are made from cellulose. Coir is strong, water proof, abrasion resistant fiber and is mostly used for filling and stuffing in seats, mattresses, statues, etc. Apart from this coir is also used to make ropes, brushes, etc.

Q. What is Burlap?

A. In US and Canada the cloth made from jute, flax or hemp is called as Burlap.

Q. How to Dispose Jute Bags, Carpets and Other Products?

A. You can dispose jute products anywhere. Jute is 100% biodegradable so it is totally environment friendly, so there is no need of any special way to dispose them. You can dump them at any municipal bin.

Q. Can We Paint and Print on Jute Fabric?

A. Yes we can paint and print on jute fabric, in fact there are plethora of custom printed and painted jute bags, promotional bags, and other products are available in the market. To know more on this visit my other blog post on how to paint jute bags.

Q. Is Jute Fire Resistant?

A. Yes naturally jute has fire resistant properties and this property can also be further amplified by adding some fire resistant agents such as ammonia, etc. Thus jute fabric can help in fire prevention and fire safety.

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Other Useful Resources:

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