Natural jute shopper with blue fabric detail and long handles.
Internal view of natural jute bag with blue fabric detail and long handles.
Side view of jute bag with blue fabric detail and long handles.

Jute & Fabric Shopper

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Regular price $42.99 Sale

A natural Jute shopper with blue fabric detailing and handles.

This bag is such a great size, has the perfect length handles to sling over your shoulder for those heavier purchases and has a handy magnetic closure.

These jute bags are changing lives for thousands of rural women in Bangladesh, for whom the money earned from the sale of jute handcrafts provides their only opportunity to earn an income.

57 x 28 cm

What is Jute?
Jute is a long, soft, shiny vegetable fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. It is one of the most affordable natural fibers in existence and is second only to cotton in amount produced and variety of uses. India has the ideal climate for growing jute and as a result is the world's largest producer.

Why Jute?
Jute is a rain-fed crop with little need for fertilizer or pesticides, in contrast to cotton's heavy requirements. Fabrics made with jute fibers are carbon-dioxide neutral and naturally compostable in your home compost system. Jute can be grown in 4–6 months with a huge amount of cellulose being produced from the jute hurd (inner woody core of the jute stem) that can meet most of the wood needs of the world. Jute is the most environmentally friendly fiber and expired fibers can be recycled more than once.

This is a fairtrade product made at CORR – The Jute Works (CJW) in Bangladesh. CJW brings change to over 4,000 artisans’ lives through income generation and social progress. CJW works with rural and indigenous women who face severe poverty by providing training in production skills, environmental protection and rights’ awareness to become self-reliant.