Nine lives of the Paat: 9 reasons why you should opt for jute

Nine lives of the Paat: 9 reasons why you should opt for jute


Author: Reshma Keswani | Contributor
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Date: 19-11-2020 | Time: 15:26 pm
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About the Author

: Reshma Keswani holds an MBA degree from Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster, United Kingdom. Before that she completed the Bachelor of Commerce program from Ness Wadia College of Commerce, Pune. She enjoys writing about the environment.

Introduction

: By protecting trees, we can enjoy a long list of other benefits too. Yes, floods, soil erosion, and global warming are preventable by saving trees. Additionally, wildlife habitats can continue to thrive.

By increasing the use of jute fabrics and reducing our dependency on plastic items, we all can benefit. As such, we can make our surroundings pollution-free by shunning plastic. Also, jute fabrics contribute to sustainable development. More so, jute is fire resistant and easily biodegradable. Jute also retains moisture to a large extent, which is another welcome addition to its growing list of benefits.

Purifies the air around you
Studies indicate 1 hectare of jute cultivation absorbs up to 15 tons of carbon dioxide. Not only that, but jute also releases 10 tons of oxygen during its growth cycle, which extends to 100 days. All this is beneficial for our planet and environment while paving the way for a greener future.

Reduces Environmental Pollution
Plastic bags tend to pollute our environment. This is because plastic does not biodegrade for several decades. In turn, they add to the toxic wastes, which results in harming our environment.
Now, to stop the build-up of toxic wastes, jute is a good alternative.
Owing to the detrimental effects of plastic, several countries have also banned the use of plastic bags. Moreover, Governments around the world are urging people to opt for sustainable fabrics, with jute leading the way due to its eco-friendly properties.

Minimizes our dependence on natural resources
To manufacture jute products, no scarce natural resources are used. On the other hand, to manufacture plastic and poly bags, petroleum resources are utilized. This is draining the available petroleum resources, resulting in higher petroleum prices and inflation.

Provides employment opportunities
Mainly, jute is grown in the impoverished areas of India and Bangladesh, around the periphery of the Bay of Bengal. By developing jute industries in such regions, more employment opportunities become available for people coming from remote areas. Consequently, the workers do not need to migrate to urban areas.

Lowers the need for chemicals
For growing cotton crops, farmers use fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. Conversely, for cultivating jute plants, they do not need to use chemicals extensively. In addition, jute plants require less area for producing the same quantity of vegetable-based fibers.

Improves the condition of the soil
After jute crops are grown, the roots and leaves of jute plants are left in the field. These jute extracts improve the texture and condition of the soil.

Helps to save trees worldwide
To meet the requirements of the paper and furniture industries, a considerable number of trees have to be cut every year. However, if we start using more jute products, we can save trees.
Besides, fortunately, with greater awareness of the hazardous effects of plastic, more people are opting for jute products. So, the demand for jute products seems to be growing over the years. So, nowadays, more people are going for jute-based footwear, bags, decorative items, clothes, carpets, handicrafts, among others.

Maintains the ecological balance of Planet Earth
Saving trees is the need of the hour, with the effects of climate change weighing down heavily on our atmosphere. And by opting for jute products, we can save trees while contributing to maintaining the ecological balance of our planet. By protecting trees, we can enjoy a long list of other benefits too. Yes, floods, soil erosion, and global warming are preventable by saving trees. Additionally, wildlife habitats can continue to thrive.

Benefits the subsequent crops
By rotating jute crops with other crops on the same farms, cultivators can not only improve the productivity of other crops but also reduce the risk of diseases. Since jute crops provide nutriment to the soil, the field becomes fertile for growing other crops. So, to increase the soil fertility of fields, rotating jute plants with other crops is a viable solution.

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