I found this article very interesting but it isn’t very much about design in terms of fashion or interior design, but i found it very interesting.
Indian Textile Ministry to promote jute fabrics for rural roads
6th January 2014, Kolkata
The Union Ministry of Textile is planning to promote use of jute geo textiles for construction of rural roads across India.
Geo textiles are permeable fabrics used as an agent to strengthen the road foundations and prevent soil erosion along the banks. Jute geo textiles are said to be about 25% cheaper than other fabrics. However, this bio-degradable material is low on longevity and is best used in rural or arterial roads, which do not attract heavy traffic.
According to a National Jute Board (NJB) official, jute-based textiles are currently in use in constructing 35 ongoing rural roads, under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, across the country.
While majority of the projects are in Karnataka, in South West India, the practice is gaining popularity in at least three other states, including Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.
Subrata Gupta, Jute Commissioner, said that the use of jute geo textiles is likely to move up substantially in the next two years. According to Gupta, project reports for nine roads spread across five states such as Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Assam and West Bengal have also been prepared.
Jute geo textiles production
Rough estimates available with NJB suggest that consumption of the fabric increased by about 10% a year since 2010.
In 2010, approximately 60 lakh square metres of jute geo textile were used in road development, a top official of the cell added. Out of the 80 odd jute mills operating across the country, 13 mills manufacture jute geo textile.
Despite efforts to promote the natural fibre, absence of a regulation for mandatory use of jute instead of synthetic textiles and lack of support from local administration pose challenges before the industry, it has been reported.
“It is an uphill task to convince various agencies and engineers the benefits of jute geo textile unless there is a mandate,” the top official said.
According to him, it will also be difficult to involve more jute mill owners in production of the fibre until the demand situation improves.
Author: Billy Hunter
Things to do with sustainability really interest me because it forces you to think about how you can make something last or how you can use it effectively. The fact that it decays naturally only enhances its capabilities for me because in this article it is talking about using the Jute Geo Textiles products to help sustain the integrity of the road bankings so that roads are passable. They will have to keep looking after them, but with this material, they are allowed to make the roads work, whereas they may not be able to in the future with the plastics and synthetics that they are using now. It will also mean that they aren’t damaging the environment, they are helping it instead.