If you have ever used a gunny sack, rustic- looking bags, curtains and a other types of furniture or accessories that come with a lattice-like weave and a coarse texture, it is possible that these products were made out of jute.
Jute, a natural substance, is derived from plants and has long, soft, and shiny fibres that often get spun into coarse and strong threads that are then suitable for a wide range of uses. Jute is only second to cotton when it comes to production, and is also called as the ‘golden fibre’ because of its colour and cost effectiveness.
Jute is obtained from the Corchorus Olitorius and Corchorus Capsularis plants. They are native to the Indian subcontinent and are often grown throughout the entire year. The jute fibres are mainly concentrated near the woody and central parts of the plant’s stalk. They contain cellulose and lignin. There are also two main types of jute produced; white and brown jute.
What are jute geotextiles?
Jute has conventionally been used in packaging, especially in making sacks. Its unique physical attributes have opened up new avenues for diversified use. In light of global concerns for the environment and amidst measures to adopt eco-friendly methods, jute geotextiles, also known as JGT, has proven itself to be extremely effective in addressing soil related issues. Geotextiles belong to a class of technical textiles that addresses soil erosion, especially in the field of civil engineering. They can either be made of synthetic polymers or of natural fibres, and jute geotextiles are definitely the preferred option over non eco-friendly materials.
Usage and benefits of jute geotextiles
All around the world, jute geotextiles have been looked upon as an acclaimed natural fabric that can provide bio-engineering solutions with regards to soil erosion and other soil-related issues. Jute geotextiles act as a change agent for the soil and helps to greatly improve its behaviour within just one or two cycles. This nature of jute geotextiles has been verified over and over again using laboratory tests conducted by leading researchers and also through extensive field trials. The biodegradable nature of JGT is not a drawback and rather the eco-concordance, flexibility in manufacturing, and drapability excels all of the other types of geotextiles in use that are synthetic.
Some of the benefits of jute geotextiles include;
- Biodegradable jute geotextiles are cheaper than any other type of geotextiles whether they are natural or synthetic
- They are completely eco-friendly and will mix with the soil well, leaving no harmful impact on the environment
- They are easy to install
- Jute geotextiles have been used in converting a wasteland into a useful and fertile piece of land
- Frequent repair of road and railway slopes with problematic soil is reduced significantly.
- It does not cause any water and air pollution
- They help maintain the water storage capacity of dams and reservoirs at minimum cost
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