A beautiful, reusable and environmentally friendly shopping bag.
Made from jute which is a strong natural fibre with significant environmental benefits as it consumes carbon dioxide, is 100% biodegradable, renewable and is sustainably harvested.
Available either plain or in three stunning screen-printed designs. Perfect for gift giving in sustainable wrapping!
Medium: 35 x 30 cm plus handles
Decorative: 40 x 40 cm plus handles
Cheers to the Makers
Material: The body and handles of this bag are made from jute.
What is Jute? Jute is a long, soft, shiny vegetable fibre that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. It is one of the most affordable natural fibres 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 fibres 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.
Fairtrade: This is a fairtrade product which has been handmade at CORR – The Jute Works (CJW) in Bangladesh by skilled artisans. 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.
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 a new opportunity to earn an income.
Trade Aid is a social enterprise creating fairness in trade. They work with small food and craft producers around the world, and support and educate kiwi consumers to join in creating a world where trade is fair for all. Founded right here in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1973.
Disposal: This bag will last a very long time but when it finally comes to the end of its useful life you could reuse or repurpose the material or add to your compost heap.