Jute products are environmentally friendly.
Jute is one of the strongest natural fibers.
Jute fibers are 100% bio-degradable and recyclable.
Jute is a rain-fed crop with little need for fertilizer or pesticides.
The jute fiber comes from the stem and ribbon (outer skin) of the jute plant.
Jute is made of long, soft, shiny vegetable fibers that are be spun into coarse, strong threads.
Jut is produced primarily in Bangladesh, India and Thailand.
Jute, a natural fiber with a golden and silky shine, is often called the "Golden Fiber".
- Advantage: fruits like apricots and plums, apples and even tomatoes (though whether this is a fruit or not depends on which set of criteria you are using - there are lots to choose from) ripen and rot much faster when they are not exposed to the air. For example, when they are in a plastic bag - once you get the tomato home, it's shelf life while sitting on the counter is about 48 hours, tops. The reason for this involves chemistry and botany and gasses, and really would make this blog entry intolerably long; so please, just trust me on this one. After all, food science is an area of great intrest to me. If you place the tomato in a non-plastic mesh bag, it doubles the shelf life.
- Advantage: each time you use it, you place one less plastic bag in the land fill.
- Disadvantage: it weighs slightly more than a plastic bag and we shop for produce mostly by weight.
- Disadvantage: some foods, like spinach, celery, beans, and broccoli, keep longer when in an airtight container like a plastic bag. Using these mesh bags to store foods like these for more than 24 hours, causes them to degrade faster (again I cite complicated chemistry).
- Advantage: we can use the disadvantage above to improve our health. The longer the food substance is away from the plant - be it an apple or leave of spinach - that is, the longer the time between harvest of the fruit or vegetable and the entry of said item into your mouth, the less nutrients the fruit or vegetable has to offer us. So, if you pick two beans and eat one of them immediately and the other other you leave in the bottom of your fridge for a week before eating it, the nutritional value of the first bean vastly outweighs that of the second. Why? The thing about fresh food is that it is FRESH. As food ages, many of the chemicals change into other chemicals - some of these new chemicals are good for you or fun to imbibe (alcohol for example) and others are not so good for you (mold). Again, I'm oversimplifying. The moral is that food is better for you fresh. It's got more of what your body needs when it's fresh. Shopping once a week for everything, a common practice these days, means that by the time you get around to eating your broccoli, it's lost much of the goodness it had when you first bought it. Instead, shopping every second day on your way home from work and buying only enough of what you need for those two days, ensures that you give your body fresh, good things to eat. Using these mesh bags would force you into a habit that is beneficial to your health.