Freeset - What is Jute?

An Environmentally Friendly Fiber

Jute plant
The natural fiber used in the fabric of our jute bags comes from the stem and outer skin of the jute plant.

Jute is a rain-fed crop that doesn't need much in the way of fertilizer or pesticides. Production is concentrated around the Ganges delta region of India and Bangladesh where the warm, wet climate during the monsoon season provides ideal growing conditions. It takes between four and six months for the plants reach a height of around 12 feet (3.5m) when they are harvested. The harvested stems are then tied together and soaked in water to soften before being stripped of their fibers.

Jute plant

Jute Facts


  • Jute fabric is commonly known as hessian or burlap.
  • India produces around two thirds of the world's jute.
  • Environmentally friendly, jute fiber can be recycled.
  • You can eat it! Apparently the leaves taste a bit like spinach.