Frequently Asked Questions
Is jute eco-friendly?
Jute is 100% biodegradable and recyclable making it environmentally friendly. Jute plants absorb 15 tonnes of carbon dioxide and release 11 tonnes of oxygen over their six-month lifespan and they are grown with no pesticides or fertilisers. We use shipping rather than air-freight (although carbon-offset air-freight is possible) and we ensure our containers are full, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of getting your bags to you.
How do you print onto jute?
We print our jute, juco and cotton bags using a popular technique called screen printing. Your artwork is created as a negative ready for the screen and using water-based dyes it is then pressed onto the jute. In some cases, we use other techniques depending entirely on the customer’s needs.
What’s the lead time on your bags?
This is probably one of the most common questions and it really does depend on your needs. If you are looking for a fully bespoke bag with your own Pantone colour on handles or panels, edge-to-edge printing and other customisations you will need our overseas process. With bespoke orders, all manufacturing and printing are carried out in our overseas SEDEX-audited factory. This means you get the product you want and the best value on price but it also means a minimum order quantity of 1,000 and a lead time of around 12 weeks. If you choose air freight we can usually get high volume orders to you within six weeks.
If you want your bags quickly and don’t need a fully customised product – there are still plenty of options open to you – you can get them much more quickly, within 48-hours is possible. But the unit price will be a little higher. Minimum order is 100.
How are jute bags made?
The crops which are used to make jute usually reach maturity at six months old. No fertilizers or pesticides are used in the growing of jute.
Firstly, the jute is harvested and then soaked. It’s then processed by ‘retting’ to remove the fibres from the plant – we only use the best quality golden fibres for our bags. The fibres are slowly washed with running water by hand and then the clean fibres are spun into bundles.
Once the jute has been washed it is prepared for the looms which involves detangling and cleaning the jute fibres, using rice oil, adding to their strength. After this, it is drawn out into a yarn and then woven on looms. The fabric can then be dyed and printed before being cut and sewn together into the final bag.
Speak to our experienced team for more information