More than just paper bags: what is jute?

More than just paper bags: what is jute?

Here at Paper Bag Co, we don’t just make tonnes of paper bags, we have plenty of other options available too. We have a whole range of eco bags made from materials such as cotton and jute.

A common question we’ve had over the years is “what is jute?” So, in this blog we are going to explain what jute is and why we think it makes such a great material for eco bags.

What is jute?

Jute material is a natural vegetable fibre which is made from the outer stem and skin of a jute plant. Jute is an incredibly versatile material which also makes up hessian cloth, however, it is most commonly used now for making durable items such as eco-friendly jute bags.

It is one of the most commonly used vegetable fibres after cotton, with a coarser feel and added strength compared to cotton. Jute cloth is mainly produced in South and East Asia, and here at Paper Bag Co, we source our jute from sustainable and ethical jute mills.

To make bags and other cloth items, the jute fibre is taken from the stem and outer skin of the jute plant. After immersing the stems in slow running water, the non-fibrous material can be scraped off, allowing workers to pull the fibres from the jute stem.

These fibres can then be weaved and turned in to jute cloth which can be used for a variety of projects.


Why is jute a good material for bags?

Jute has become extremely popular in recent years as an alternative to plastic bags. Whilst bespoke paper bags are great for shops to give to their customers, jute are more durable and long-lasting, making them ideal for gifting or promotional purposes.

Take a look at some of the reasons that jute makes excellent bag material:

  • Eco-friendly

Jute is bio-degradable and compostable, as well as being recyclable, which makes it the perfect choice for those who are trying to be more conscious of the items they are using.

  • Hard-wearing material

One bonus of jute bags is that they last so long, making them an attractive option for customers who are wanting to get a lot of use out of their reusable bags on a daily basis.

  • Durable

Similarly to being hard-wearing, jute bags are considered to be very durable and can take quite a lot of weight. Jute bags are great for carrying heavier items in as they can have thicker handles and the material is strong. Jute is a great material for shopping bags and will stand up easily against items such as milk.

  • Easily customisable

As jute bags come in a natural colour, they are easy to print on to and customise. They are an ideal material for companies wanting to showcase their brand on a sturdy bag that customers will want to keep on using.


Promotional Jute Bags

Jute bags printed with your logo are the perfect promotional tool. Sturdy and affordable, a promotional jute bag will be used again and again by its owner, resulting in your brand being seen all over the place.

To find out more about our bespoke printed bags, get in touch with the team at Paper Bag Co today to discuss your needs.