In addition to coffee, we love the charming jute bags that are already part of Brazilian history, since the 18th century they have been used to transport this bean that we love so much. They are recognized around the world for their “Cafés do Brasil” print.
At times when jute sustainability is widely debated and publicized, the choice of jute for transporting coffee is correct because it does not harm the environment: planting does not require burning and deforestation, the farmer does not even have to worry about fertilizer, as it already comes from the rivers, and the final product is biodegradable.
Because it is a strong and durable plant material, its reuse is more than recommended. With that in mind, DO BRASIL Coffee, through a special partnership with women from the Minas Gerais, created its own line of bags and accessories that reuse the material of the coffee bags.
This partnership is the result of our commitment not only to the environment, but also to social responsibility in the coffee production chain in Minas Gerais, since the production of these grants offers extra income to the women involved in this process.
The final product is biodegradable. There is no environmental deterioration. Jute is planted in Brazil on the banks of the Solimões and Amazon Rivers at the beginning of the low season and generates work for more than 200 families.
Jute is a vegetable textile fiber that today is one of the main economic activities of the riverside populations of the Amazon region, being a fundamental factor in the establishment of more than 200 thousand families in the countryside. The jute is planted in Brazil on the banks of the Solimões and Amazon Rivers at the beginning of the low season. It is not necessary to use fires or any other technique to clean the land because the flooding of the river itself takes care of that. The sludge left after the ebb serves as a natural fertilizer, making the use of chemical fertilizers unnecessary.
Four months after being sown, the plant reaches a height of three to four meters and a 2 cm thick stalk and immediately begins harvesting. The useful fiber is contained between the bark and the internal stem and the extraction is done by the maceration process. The trees are cut close to the ground by means of sickles, are cleaned from the leaves and dipped in bundles into the rivers for a few days.
After this process, the bundles are removed from inside the river, the fiber is separated from the stem and placed to dry on clotheslines. After harvesting, new plants quickly grow. In the process of transforming fiber into fabric, only organic additives and vegetable oils are used. This, associated with the natural characteristics of the plant, makes the jute products fully biodegradable. That is, when the jute product loses its usefulness and is discarded, it disintegrates completely in less than a year without leaving any residue or environmental damage.