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You are an eco-conscious superstar. You have mastered being a composting and recycling whiz kid. You eat organic foods. You have your own eco-friendly water bottle, with its own filter. When you check out at your local grocery store and they ask "paper or plastic," you smile with confidence and hand them your own reusable tote bag. Did you know that most reusable bags are made from petroleum? Maybe it's time you got a Jute tote. Made from renewable resources, Jute bags are a stylish way to reduce your carbon footprint.
What The Jute Are You Talking About?
For hundreds of years the people of Bangladesh have been using Jute to make bags, rugs and medicine. Jute is a fibrous vegetable with exciting environmental benefits. Like bamboo it is renewable. Jute is a flowering plant that gives what it gets. According to natural-environment.com, Jute is "carbon dioxide neutral, improves soil quality, and it has a high biological efficiency. Products made from jute are 100% biodegradable, recyclable, and can be easily disposed without causing environmental hazards."
What's Wrong With Your Other Reusable Bag
Everyone has a few reusable bags. You can't avoid them at the grocery store check out. You see everyone proudly sporting them at the Farmers Market. The reusable bag has its roots in a very unfriendly place. Most of the reusable bags that you get from your drugstore or market are actually made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride). PVC is made from petroleum. PVC does not biodegrade. A majority of PVC-based reusable bags have also been found to have high amounts of lead.
Go Ahead And Get Your Jute On
Jute Totes come in a variety of styles and colors. You can get jute totes in hobo, tote, clutch, messenger and speedy styles. Because jute is easy to dye and embroider, there are a variety of colors and patterns to choose from. Totes in plaid, floral and countless other prints have made the jute tote a stylish alternative to the canvas tote or the reusable shopping bag. Face it, would you rather have a tartan, plaid, hobo bag made of jute or a plastic bag that says "ACME Pharmacy"?
Tell a Vegan About Jute
Jute is used for more than just bags. Jute has been used to make rugs for hundreds of years. Jute is used to make clothes, ropes, dog toys, baskets, twine, erosion control nets and countless other items. It is also believed to have many health benefits. Jute is also mostly a fair trade material that helps farmers in impoverished countries have a better life. So go ahead, grab that tote and know you are making a very stylish difference.