Global Traders, Inc. is an importer and distributor of jute products in North and South America. Next to cotton, jute is the most popular natural fiber and is increasingly used in eco-friendly products. Due to the optimal conditions for the cultivation of jute, Bangladesh is not only the world's leading jute producer, but also produces by far the most superior jute fibers.
Mr. Allauddin Keen, president of Global Traders, Inc., has been in the jute trade since the late sixties with more than 40 years experience and has ongoing relationships with several leading jute manufacturers in Bangladesh.
Jute, known as the Golden Fiber, is a long vegetable fiber that can be spun into strong threads. Jute is partially a textile fiber and partially wood. It falls into the bast fiber category; a fiber that is extracted from the bast or skin of the plant. The fibers are off-white to brown, and 3-12 feet long.
The jute plant is an annual plant that thrives best in moist alluvial soil and standing water. The suitable climate for growing jute is a mixture of warm and wet climate, mainly provided by the monsoon season.
An Eco-Friendly Product
In the environmentally conscious world of today, the Golden Fiber has proved to be immensely popular. It is biodegradable, so it is environmentally friendly. It has high tensile strength, low extensibility, and ensures better "breathability" of fabrics.
Burlap/hessian, low-grade twine, and many other products are made from jute. The traditional use remains in packing as sacking, hessian and carpet backing. Geo-jute has been developed to control soil erosion on mountain slopes, canal banks and railway sidings. It also helps vegetation to grow -- naturally.