Jute Geotextile

Jute has traditionally been used for packaging, specially sacks. Its unique physical attributes have opened up new avenues for diversification, especially in the light of global concerns for the environment. Jute Geotextiles (JGT) are one such diversified products of jute which have proved to be highly effective in addressing soil-related problems in the field of civil engineering and agriculture.

The popularity of Jute Geotextile in the world market is increasing day by day due to its eco-friendly characteristics. Bangladesh is one of the biggest jute producing country.

Jute Geotextiles comes in two varieties – woven and non-woven fabrics. The distinguishing features that make it more eco-friendly are…..

  • High moisture absorption capacity
  • Flexibility
  • Drainage Properties


GeoJute finds application in…..

  • Erosion Control & Hill Slope Stabilization
  • Road Construction
  • River Bank Protection
  • Railway Sector
  • Agri-Horticulture & Forestry
  • Separation, filtration and drainage in civil engineering works
  • Agricultural Uses
  • Jute Based Consumer Items
  • Food Grade Bags
  • Jute Reinforced Composites


Advantages :

  • Abundant Availability
  • Superior Drapability
  • Greater Moisture
  • Retention Capacity
  • Lower Costs compared to Synthetic Geotextiles
  • Ease of Installation
  • Bio-degradable Properties

Jute Geotextiles are very similar in function to the man-made synthetic Geotextiles (Geosynthetics) – which are made from various petro-chemical derivatives. Various studies both in India and abroad have proved JGT`s efficiency.

Name of observationsEffect on Synthetic GeotextileEffect on Jute Geotextile
BiodegradabilityNon BiodegradableDesigned Biodegradable
Photo degradabilityNot PhotodegradablePhotodegradable
Metal contentMercury, lead, cadmium, coper, nickel, cobalt, zinc, Arsenic etc.None
Stabilizer \ sensitizer \ filler\ pigmentPresentAbsent
Warming effectSoil temperature increasing 1-20CNo effect
CompatibleNormally not compatibleCompatible
BiomassNegative effectFertilizer effect
On burringToxic gas evolvesOnly co evolves
Effect on waterPollution on leachingNo pollution
Effect on fish/ microbes/ eggs etc.HarmfulHarmless
Effect on plantHarmfulHelpful
Effect on agricultural activityIncrease insect growth by increasingsoil temperatureNo effect
ExtensibilityHigh extensibleLow Extensible
Expected design LifeNot possible (if possible, creates other problems)Possible
Application technologySpecial technology and costlySimple and indigenous
AvailabilityImportedLocal and easy

Geotextiles have seen unrivalled growth with a forecast by the United Nations international trade centre (UNITC) of 1,400 million m2 produced by the new millennium. Europe and north American markets each account for 40% with the remaining 20% attributed to Japan, Asia and Australasia. The main applications are separators in earth works, drainage and linings as controlling soil erosion and establishing plant growth.