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 (Ethen🌵) 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!
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.