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Caring For Natural Rope -Jute

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Jute 'The Golden Fibre'

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Jute is a fantastic fibre, sustainable, 100% bio-degradable and recyclable.

No pesticides or fertilisers necessary, which means it is possible to be grown by small family concerns in Bangladesh and India. It can be planted quickly in flooded areas, such as the Bengal and Ganges deltas, and harvested in 4 to 6 months.

The coarse outer fibres can be used for firewood, the leaves for food and the stems for fibres that are used to make rope, hessian or burlap cloth and many yet to be discovered uses.

Being a natural plant fibre, Jute is affected by its environment. It will shrink a little when damp or wet conditions and will loosen when dry.

Jute is best kept clean by vacuuming. It is possible to wash gently by hand with a mild soap in cool water. Rinse well and air dry naturally. 

Our mats should be reshaped gently and left to dry flat.

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