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Natural fibre consumer bags set to stage a comeback
Mar '10
Vegetable fibres such as jute and mallow, grown on river banks in Brazil's Amazon region are being considered as an alternative for plastic bags, in Brazil.

These two vegetable fibres had much importance in Brazil in the past, but later the consumption of synthetic fibres impacted the utilization of these fibres, leading to a downing of shutters of many companies.

Polypropylene replaced jute, mallow fibers and cotton for use in packaging material for agricultural products. However, increasing consumer awareness is leading to supermarkets looking for replacements for plastic bags. They are now looking for packaging materials made of biodegradable or natural fibres, such as jute and mallow.

According to an expert, these fibres were initially cultivated in Brazil in 1930s, by Japanese immigrants, on river banks in the Amazon region and in different parts of the country.

To produce these fibres, organic additives and vegetable oils are used, and are spun into coarse threads on Irish, Swiss and Spanish looms. These fibres are completely biodegradable that decompose within a year after throwing away and don't leave any toxic residue.

Experts say that to fulfill the domestic requirements of around 22,000 tons of jute, Brazilian companies would need to import around 8,000-10,000 tons of jute from Bangladesh, by also taking domestic raw jute production in to account.

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