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WHAT IS JUTE
Needs just 3-4 months to grow to its 10-12 feet.
Provides farmers with a source of income.
Every part of this plant is useful. Primarily used to get fibre, its roots nourish the earth when left in the ground, parts of it are used as fire wood. Its leaves (which I have seen available in the frozen food section of our grocery store) are edible too.
Jute plants absorb about 15 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere and releases 11 tons of oxygen during its short growth period.
Jute has been used as packaging for centuries. Coffee beans, cocao, potatoes and many other products are packaged in jute.
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Cotton is one of the oldest known fibres that we know of. Unfortunately, with the demand for cotton grows, so does the plunder of the land to grow more. The land is fertilized, sprayed with pesticides and constantly tilled to make it grow more to meet our demands. Pesticides used on cotton-- even when used according to instructions-- harm people, wildlife and the environment. These pesticides can poison farm workers, drift into neighboring communities, contaminate ground and surface water and kill beneficial insects and soil micro-organisms.
To counter the effects of this, a number of NGO's are trying to educate farmes on the benefits of organic growing process without the use of pesticides. The process is more labour intensive but in the end it is our environment and farmers and people who benefit from the organic process.
Hemp again is one of the oldest fabrics that has been used. Because of its reputation and uses as a narcotic, the useful qualities of this plant were ignored for a long time. Hemp like jute grows in 2-3 months. It uses the minimum use of pesticides in its growth. Every part of the plant is used. It is worth investing in sustainable products that are renewable resources.
We use leather that has been processed from farm animals like cows, camels, goats, buffalo. They are recycled into artisanal quality vintage totes and briefcases and bags. Nothing is wasted and this industry provides employment to a large section with varying skills needed for tanning, embossing, stitching the various products like books, bags, hats etc.
This is a skill that has been passed down from families for generation. Entire villages have been involved in making paper from remnants from the garment industry. All cotton, denim scraps are carefully cut up and loosened in water and the fibres are then spread to make paper. A fascinating process. The paper is embellished with petals, leaves, threads. This is 100% natural and does not cause the destruction of trees. The paper is long lasting and is the kind of texture that artists find it a pleasure to work with.
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