(NEW DELHI, India.) Jute Fortune Report: The country is desperate to capitalise on this consumer shift and seize the opportunity to revive its flagging industry, expanding it from sacks and gunny bags to fashion #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.08: Also known as sack cloth, hessian, or burlap, the fibre is hailed by environmentalists because growing it can help with carbon capture, and it uses less natural resources than cotton.

#AceDailyNews says that according to a report by AFP News India’s battle to rebrand jute: From the boutiques of Christian Dior to royal wedding favours, jute is growing in popularity worldwide as demand for alternatives to plastic soars, with experts predicting the bag industry alone will be worth more than $3 billion by 2024.

From the boutiques of Christian Dior to royal wedding favours, jute is growing in popularity worldwide as demand for alternatives to plastic soars, with experts predicting the bag industry alone will be worth more than $3 billion by 2024
Jagatdal (India) (AFP) From the boutiques of Christian Dior to royal wedding favours, jute is growing in popularity worldwide as demand for alternatives to plastic soars, with experts predicting the bag industry alone will be worth more than $3 billion by 2024 Dibyangshu SARKAR AFP:

“One hectare of jute plant can soak up to nearly 15 tonnes of carbon-dioxide and discharge 11 tonnes of oxygen during a season, thereby reducing greenhouse effects,” estimated Swati Singh Sambyal, a sustainability and circular economy expert based in New Delhi.

She added that production takes about only four months and requires “minimal water and fertiliser” compared to cotton.

During British rule, the jute industry was a key part of India’s economy and the fabric was exported worldwide but by the 1990s it was struggling, unable to compete with cheaper synthetic substitutes and lower production costs of farmers in neighbouring Bangladesh. Today, India is trying to promote jute as a fabric for a sustainable future, with the government issuing a mandate that all foodgrains and 20 percent of sugar should be packed in jute sacks  Dibyangshu SARKAR AFP

Today India is trying to promote jute as a fabric for a sustainable future, with the government issuing a mandate that all grains and 20 percent of sugar should be packed in jute sacks.

Leading homegrown designers such as Ashish Soni and Pawan Aswani also use jute blends for their fashion lines.

But critics warn the country’s rundown mills and outdated farming practices do not match up with such grand ambitions. 

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“India can cater to global demand but for that two things are needed: upgrading the skills of the people…to produce different types of products and upgrading the machinery,” said Gouranga Kar, who heads the Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres.

At Meghna Jute Mills hundreds of barefoot workers labour in a vast dingy hall covered in fine, fibrous dust across eight-hour shifts, 24 hours a day. 

“Jute has a potentially huge international market” said company president Supriya Das, as noisy machines rolled out long strands of shimmery yarn behind him. Also known as sack cloth, hessian, or burlap, jute is hailed by environmentalists because growing it can help with carbon capture, and it uses less natural resources than cotton  Dibyangshu SARKAR AFP

“If the machines are high-tech we can produce good yarn. For diversified end use, the quality of the fibre has to improve. The industry won’t be viable unless we introduce value-added products like decorative items and rugs.”

Nearly all of the world’s jute is grown in this region or in Bangladesh, because of the conducive humid climate and availability of cheap labour.

According to a recent report by Research and Markets, the global jute bag market reached a value of $2.07 billion in 2020 and is projected to touch $3.1 billion by 2024 as consumers look for alternatives to single use plastic. 

The material’s appeal has been boosted by brands such as Dior making jute sandals and stars such as the Duchess of Sussex wearing jute footwear and using hessian gift bags for guests attending her wedding to Prince Harry. 

#AceNewsDesk report ……………….Published: Oct.08: 2021:

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(LONDON) Plastic Waste Report: Greenpeace says U.K. is dumping waste in Turkey and rather than being recycled, investigators saw some of it dumped by roads, in fields and in waterways #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.17: UK plastic waste is being exported to Turkey and then illegally dumped and burned, according to a report.

LONDON: UK plastic waste being dumped and burned in Turkey, says Greenpeace: Last year, the dumping of plastic waste in Turkey was the subject of a BBC investigation. So where does the UK’s recycling really goes

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By Kathryn Snowdon
BBC News

Plastic waste dumped and burned in Adana province in Turkey
BBC INVESTIGATION REPORT

The UK is a “global leader in tackling plastic pollution”, the government said – after Greenpeace called for it to “take control” of the problem

Greenpeace said about 40% – or 210,000 tonnes – of the UK’s plastic waste exports were sent to Turkey last year.

But rather than being recycled, investigators saw some of it dumped by roads, in fields and in waterways.

Greenpeace’s report warned Turkey was becoming Europe’s “largest plastic waste dump”.

The charity said it had investigated 10 sites across southern Turkey and found plastic bags and packaging from UK supermarkets and retailers at all of them.

Packaging for a coronavirus antigen test was also found, indicating the waste was less than a year old, the report said.

The UK generates more plastic waste per person than any other country apart from the US, the report added.

Turkey, Malaysia and Poland received the largest amounts of plastic waste exports from the UK in 2020.

Correspondent Angus Crawford sorted through piles of plastic bags, bottles and packaging left by the roadside.The UK sends more plastic waste to Turkey than to any other country, but not all of it gets recycled

‘Waste dump’

Turkey received nearly 40% of the UK’s plastic waste exports in 2020 – an increase by a factor of 18 since 2016, when 12,000 tonnes were sent.

European Union member states also sent 20 times more plastic waste to Turkey last year compared to 2016. 

Nihan Temiz Atas, biodiversity projects lead from Greenpeace Mediterranean, based in Turkey, said: “Around 241 truckloads of plastic waste come to Turkey every day from across Europe and it overwhelms us.

“As far as we can see from the data and the field, we continue to be Europe’s largest plastic waste dump.”

Nina Schrank, senior plastics campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said the crux of the problem was overproduction, and urged the government to ban plastic waste exports and reduce single-use plastic by 50% by 2025.

The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “We are clear that the UK should handle more of its waste at home, and that’s why we are committed to banning the export of plastic waste to non-OECD countries and clamping down on illegal waste exports – including to countries such as Turkey – through tougher controls.

“The UK is a global leader in tackling plastic pollution and our proposals for extended producer responsibility for packaging, a plastic packaging tax and mandatory electronic waste tracking will boost recycling rates, reduce waste and cut crime.”

Many wealthy countries send recyclable waste overseas as it is financially cheap, reduces domestic landfill and can help areas achieve recycling targets.

Last year, Malaysia’s environment minister said the government had sent back 150 shipping containers of illegally imported plastic waste to their country of origin – 42 of which belonged to the UK.

Yeo Bee Yin said the move was to ensure the South East Asia nation did not become “the garbage dump of the world”.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.17: 2021:

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‘ Why Does Soda Bottled in Glass and Cans Taste Better Than Soda Bottled in Plastic? ‘

‘ Why Does Soda Bottled in Glass and Cans Taste Better Than Soda Bottled in Plastic? ‘.

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` Scientists Create a Self-Healing Skin Inspired by the Human Vascular System ‘

#AceNewsServices – ILLINOIS – May 09 – Developed by researchers at the University of Illinois, the new polymer is 100 times stronger then previously designed self-repairing plastics, making it capable of fixing holes as wide as 3 cm.

According to BBC News, researchers were inspired by the veins and arteries found in the human body, and moved to recreate a synthetic vascular system capable of delivering the liquid healing agent needed to patch holes that occur.

“Although self-healing of microscopic defects has been demonstrated, the re-growth of material lost through catastrophic damage requires a regenerative-like approach,” Professor Scott White, one of the lead researchers at the University of Illinois, told the news outlet.

Previously, scientists filled polymers with a capsule containing a specific chemical capable of making repairs. When the polymer was penetrated, the liquid was released and “bridged” the newly created gaps.

By recreating a network similar to the human vascular system, scientists developed a much faster way to distribute the healing chemicals, which now arrive in two different streams and combine to spread a gel-like substance over the affected area. When the gel hardens, the plastic regains roughly 62 percent of its original strength.

“We filled regions exceeding 35mm within 20 minutes, and restored mechanical function within three hours,” the researchers wrote in an article for Science.

“Vascular systems can potentially eliminate fracture in materials by preventing small, noncritical cracks from propagating to critical sizes,” they added.

While the breakthrough is impressive, White and his fellow researchers stated that further research would be needed, and an even more effective distribution system would be required before the plastic would be able to repair itself after more devastating ruptures. In the future, scientists would like products to be able to repair themselves after suffering from bullet strikes and even bomb damage.

“When damage is unpredictable and uncontrolled, more complex and interconnected vascular networks will be necessary to provide sufficient vascular coverage and redundancy to circumvent channel blockage,” Prof White and his co-authors wrote.

Until then, let’s just hope they figure out a way to fix all these broken smartphone screens.

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Paying to Carry your Shopping Home Gets a Price Tag – But How Much Will You Pay

#AceConsumerNews says call for evidence: “Plastic Bag Charge” for England

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Plastic Bag Charges just 5pThis Call for Evidence is an opportunity for you to provide evidence on key aspects of how the plastic bag charge in England will work.

Some decisions about how the charge will work have already been made, such as the size of the charge (5p) and what it applies to (single-use plastic bags).  We would like you to focus your responses on the areas where we are still considering the evidence.

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