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Frequently Asked Questions


1. Is printing on jute the same as printing on other materials?

Due to the nature of the material, printing onto jute is slightly different to printing on most other materials due to its open weave. Fine detail will not print well.

For finer detail we recommend printing onto juco or cotton.


2. Can I see a visual of my bag before I place an order?

Our creative design team have many years of experience and are able to advise and also produce visuals for you to see how your finished bags will look.


3. Can I print edge-to-edge?

Bags which are being ordered from our overseas SEDEX-audited factory can be printed up to the edge, this is made possible because the panels are printed before being sewn together. Bags which are being ordered from stock can only be printed to a certain size, the size will depend on the style of bag.


4. How can I supply you with artwork? What format works best?

Artwork needs to be as high resolution as possible and for best results in vector-based format. Low resolution artwork becomes pixelated and not usually possible to use. Minimum resolution is 300 dpi at 100% print size, although we would prefer 600 dpi.

File formats are usually best provided in the following :
Vector Image (Adobe eps, pdf or illustrator)
Bitmap Image (Adobe photoshop, tif, jpg, png)

If you’re unsure, the best thing to do is to give us a call and we can assist you. We can create original artwork if needed, for an origination fee.


5. What size are your bags?

We have the largest range of bag sizes and styles available in our UK stock, also we can manufacture any size of bag to meet your needs (subject to minimum order quantities).

Stock sizes  rangefrom our mini jute bags which measure 22cm wide by 20cm high and 13cm deep to the large jute bag which is 46cm wide by 32cm high and 18cm deep. But there are different sizes in juco and cotton and, actually, an infinite number of size options if you go for a fully bespoke bag. All standard bag sizes are clearly marked on the product pages. Find out more.


6. What’s the lead time on your bags?

This is probably one of the most common questions and it really does depend on your needs. If you are looking for a fully bespoke bag with your own Pantone colour on handles or panels, edge-to-edge printing and other customisations you will need our overseas process. With bespoke orders, all manufacturing and printing are carried out in our overseas SEDEX-audited factory. This means you get the product you want and the best value on price but it also means a minimum order quantity of 1,000 and a lead time of around 12 weeks. If you choose air freight we can usually get high volume orders to you within six weeks.

If you want your bags quickly and don’t need a fully customised product – there are still plenty of options open to you – you can get them much more quickly, within 48-hours is possible. But the unit price will be a little higher. Minimum order is 100.

Find out more about lead times and delivery.


7. What is a jute bag?

Jute is a material that comes from the hessian family. Both are natural fibres and can be used to make multiple products. Jute has long, soft vegetable fibres which are spun to make strong coarse threads. Jute can also be called burlap.

Jute bags are tightly woven and firmly sewn to reinforce their structure to allow them to be free-standing usually with a strong rectangular base.


8. What is a juco bag?

Juco is a combination fabric made by weaving cotton (70%) and jute (30%) together. It gives a smoother more refined finish and allows finer detail to be printed, with brighter colours and a more premium bag overall.

Juco can be manufactured into many products and an infinite variety of shapes and sizes.


9. What is a cotton bag?

Our cotton bags are made from pure cotton. Our standard stock is a premium 5oz cotton. We can also offer organic cotton, Fair Trade cotton and heavier weights for an even longer-lasting, premium product.

If you need a lighter bag, we can do that too!


10. How are jute bags made?

The crops which are used to make jute usually reach maturity at six months old. No fertilizers or pesticides are used in the growing of jute.

Firstly, the jute is harvested and then soaked. It’s then processed by ‘retting’ to remove the fibres from the plant – we only use the best quality golden fibres for our bags. The fibres are slowly washed with running water by hand and then the clean fibres are spun into bundles.

Once the jute has been washed it is prepared for the looms which involves detangling and cleaning the jute fibres, using rice oil, adding to their strength. After this, it is drawn out into a yarn and then woven on looms. The fabric can then be dyed and printed before being cut and sewn together into the final bag (for bespoke orders).


11. How do you print onto jute?

We print our jute, juco and cotton bags using a popular technique called screen printing. Your artwork is created as a negative ready for the screen and using water-based dyes it is then pressed onto the jute. In some cases, we use other techniques depending entirely on the customer’s needs.


12. Are jute bags biodegradable?

It all depends on the lining as jute itself is completely natural and biodegradeable. At GoJute we use a soil neutral lining in some of our bags which makes them fully biodegradable. We also produce some bags with no lining at all. These are slightly less durable and not suitable for food packaging but they can be a good option if environmental credentials are key for you.


13. Is jute eco-friendly?

Yes!

Jute is 100% biodegradable and recyclable making it environmentally friendly. Jute plants absorb 15 tonnes of carbon dioxide and release 11 tonnes of oxygen over their six-month lifespan and they are grown with no pesticides or fertilisers. We use shipping rather than air-freight (although carbon-offset air-freight is possible) and we ensure our containers are full, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of getting your bags to you.