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Fact-check: Can plastic bag be replaced with a biodegradable jute bag?



Rashidat Oladele


Claim: That synthetic plastic bag can be replaced with a biodegradable bag made of jute fibres.


The topic of a YouTube video by BusinessInsider was focused on how jute swamp plant, also known as “Golden fiber,” can be used as a biodegradable substitute for plastic bags (one-use bags) that have been used for millennia to weave cloth.


At the time of writing this report, the video attracted over 8.85 million subscribers.

The post also received 939k views, 2k comments, and 84k likes.


This voiceover discusses switching from using synthetic materials to make plastic bags to the jute swamp plant instead.

The ancient and adaptable fibre crop jute was highlighted; according to Wikipedia, it is still the second most produced crop after cotton. It is ideal for your ecology because it needs standing water. In the past, jute was also used to make clothing, in addition to being used for rope and materials like burlap.

As a result of government support for biodegradable ideas to protect the environment and foster creative thinking, there are rumours that Bangladesh has stopped using plastic to make plastic bags.


The claim was fact-checked by NatureNews, Africa’s leading newspaper on environment, that is dedicated to providing factual insights to prevent the spread of fake news, particularly among users of social media contents.


Findings: NatureFact, NatureNews’ fact-checking division, searched Google for the issue to see if any research or scientific comments regarding the allegation were available.


Mats, garments, bags, and other items appear to be made from plant fibre as well.

You may think of the fibres from these plants as completely biodegradable and renewable.

Jute’s advantages were demonstrated by a few research.


After looking up studies on jute, it’s safe to say that using jute swamp plants is actually better for the environment than using plastic bags made of jute. Although jute takes longer to decompose in water, it is also said that the stored cabin stays in the soil and doesn’t release toxins into the air when it decomposes.


Verdict: It is true that using biodegradable plant materials in place of synthetic material is possible because it protects the environment.

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