In the spirit of zero-waste, using less or no packaging for our products, I thought I'd highlight one material I absolutely love to use in place of conventional packaging/wrapping: Jute.
I use Jute for all sorts of applications in the shop. Sometimes products need to be held together. Sometimes equipment need to be supported or suspended. I've learned Jute can do all that.
Here are a few examples of how I like to use Jute (with soap).
What exactly is Jute?
Jute is a natural fibre that comes from plants. It is extremely strong and is 100% biodegradable. Jute is extracted from the bark of the white jute plant (Corchorus Capsularis). It is quite inexpensive to produce and is widely used to make burlap, gunny cloth and Hessian. Various products are made with Jute, including shoes, bags/backpacks, packaging goods, curtains, sacks, furniture, rugs/carpets, and more. Furthermore, Jute plants have little need for fertilizers and pesticides. This eco-friendly material is second to cotton in terms of production.
As well as using this wonderful material for packaging a selection of our soap, I also like using Jute to hold a few other things in the shop. Our wall monitor is suspended by Jute. Our Open/Closed sign is held by Jute. As well, our special cactus tree (Ethan) likes to accessorize with Jute! :)
I absolutely love using Jute -- and I would love to hear how you use Jute. Look around your house and workplace and see if you spot Jute. Share it in the comments section below.
Ps. Thank you in advance to everyone for commenting. It seems I can not respond to your comment and will see if I can figure it out. I have read all the comments so far and am delighted by your response! Thank You! Thank You!
Ah Jute. It is wonderful. I use it as well, mostly to hold things together . Thank you for being such an inspiration and showing business how to become ‘zero waste’. I’ve been doing my best in this regard and notice that small change can have a massive impact. Keep being awesome!
I love the dedication to zero waste! I also find the jute and paper tags to be so cute. The main reason I first tried the soap from saaboon was that I hated how much packaging there was for my hand soap, body wash, shaving gel, etc. I wanted to reduce my impact a little and this was a great way to do it. Now I’m completely in love with all of the bars I’ve tried and have a storage container specifically for them. Thank you for all that you do!
Another fantastic perk of shopping at Saaboon: the amount of waste I don’t create. I also love jute and use it for crafts at home (flower plants, hangers…). I actually also recently donated a whole bunch to Penny Lane Farm Sanctuary so that they can fix the holes in the nets that hold the hay. I will also fix my cat’s tree with jute so that he still has a decent sratching post (cheaper and more eco-friendly than buying a new one). Thanks for everything!
It is wonderful that you have discovered so many creative ways to utilize this natural material. It complements your minimal approach to all things Saaboon. When creating greeting cards, I use jute to add an understated effect. Looking forward to more blogs in the future! Loving the visual layout!
I love companies that promote using less waste and being more minimalistic!! Definitely a bonus to enjoying your soaps.
I use jute twine/rope to hang, hold, and decorate! It’s functional and fashionable! Cheers!
Great info on jute, thanks. I love that Ethan likes to accessorize with it! 💜
Love your use of jute! Our “style” is more maximalist/chaotic but we are working on it – lol! Love the minimalist aesthetic style of your shop!
Not enough merchants worry about the impact of their products and their packaging. I see all these organic products wrapped up in layers of plastic and I walk away. So happy I found your products and that you keep developing sustainable practices. And thank you for the tips!
I have a jute rug which a love so natural and rustic looking. I also use jute twine instead of tape to wrap Christmas presents which makes recycling of my newspaper wrapping paper easier.
Thanks for sharing! Everything adds up and helps. Your products are amazing!!
Thanks for all you do
There are so many creative ways to get more eco-friendly! With the wind in Ottawa this week Jute would be great to keep all of your recyclables in their proper bin instead of flying everywhere. One of my plants is near the point where it needs a little support and I plan on using Jute to help it bounce back.
Love that you create such neat eco friendly packaging and all without having to compromise style! Jute is wonderful and so versatile! I also use it around the house to hang items. My favourite is by far a large set of miniature paintings I’ve collected over time from an artist that I hung on a piece of jute horizontally on my wall. It looks stunning and gives such a nice rustic feel to the display. Reading your article about jute makes me want to use it even more! So glad I read this, thanks for sharing!
This was a really nice post, and now I know about Jute! I came here from your Facebook and it’s nice to see a small company doing so much for the zero-waste, cruelty free thing. I’m going to keep an eye out for jute, I wonder if it goes fuzzy like string after a little while…
Love jute and love the way it looks. I’ve used it for as long as I can remember around the holidays to wrap gifts. We’ve always used towels of sorts to wrap gifts instead of wasting wrapping paper and I use jute to tie it all together and knot it into a bow! I love the continuous drive towards a waste free, package free lifestyle and am so thankful you continue to incorporate it into the shop!
Love that you use jute in your packaging and store. I use it to help plants stay upright (indoor and out); to act as “ribbon” for simplified gift wrapping; and as “yarn”, to knit into sturdy (if scratchy) small and medium-sized hanging baskets for the front hall, in which to store gloves and mitts in winter and sunglasses and sunblock in summer.
Jute is also very pretty. My preference is to purchase products with minimal packaging.
Jute is great! Our carpet is made from jute and I’ve bought goods from the market that had jute.
Whats great about it is I can keep reusing it after its cut. Mostly use it at home for tying up plants or to hang herbs and flowers to dry. Thank you so much for sharing how you use this versatile thread around your workspace!
i love the rustic look of jute – I like it to wrap gifts with a bow :D
We use jute to hang Christmas decorations. I also use jute to tie back curtains in our home. I love your products and I love the drive toward zero waste. Thank you, Jenn
I use it to hang things, and prop up plants mostly! Anytime I need to use string I prefer to use a naturally derived version.
SO COOL, thanks for the lesson! And thanks for the amazing customer service in your shop and for making such a wonderful plant-based product.