Americans consume an estimated 380 billion plastic and paper bags per year (that’s more than 1,000 bags per person!) Luckily for us (and the environment), Royal Jute, a minority and woman-owned business, is working to lessen our environmental impact by selling reusable shopping bags at low prices.
The owner, Lakshmi, started Royal Jute as a reaction to the realization of just how much disposable bag waste affects the environment. The company is eco-friendly and strives to eliminate waste in any way possible. As they say on their website:
"We might not be able to change the world and how it functions, but if we can stop a few hundred thousand plastic bags from ending up in landfills or in the digestive tracts of innocent animals and can reduce pollution as well as global warming, we will consider our mission accomplished."
Here at the Co-op, we are so excited to bring in some Co-op branded bags in from Royal Jute! These beautiful bags are hand-made in India, are lead-free, and are fair trade compliant. Lakshmi runs her business like a non-profit – donating all profits to charities that help women around the world by offering micro-loans so that they can empower themselves. Since 2013, she has also provided educational opportunities to 30 orphaned girls in India.
Our Co-op bags are made of jute – a natural fiber plant that grows in tropical lowlands. It is a very sustainable plant, being 100% bio-degradable, recyclable, and nourishing to the soil it is grown in. Unlike plastic, it doesn’t take oil to produce. Jute takes less acreage to cultivate than cotton or other common alternatives and has higher production efficiency.
If you want to make your shopping trips more sustainable, pick up one (or two) of our branded jute bags today! We’re selling them for the amazing price of $5.99!