The Textiles and Jute Ministry has launched a pilot project to manufacture biodegradable poly bags from jute as an alternative to polythene.
Textiles and Jute Minister Emaz Uddin Pramanik inaugurated a pilot plant for producing such bags at Latif Bawani Jute Mills in Demra of the capital on Friday morning.
Dr Mobarak Ahmed, Chief Scientific Adviser of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) and former Director General of Atomic Energy Research Establishment of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) invented the jute-made poly bags under the supervision of BJMC.
Speaking on the occasion, the jute minister said the government is taking various steps to increase and popularise the diversified use of the golden fibre in the country to replace polythene.
"To fulfill the dreams of our farmers, the government is also taking effective steps to increase the production of raw jute and jute-made products, and avoid the use of polythene bags to save the environment," he said.
State Minister for Textiles and Jute Mirza Azam, local MP Habibur Rahman Molla, Textiles and Jute Secretary Faizur Rahman Chowdhury and BJMC Chairman Dr Mahmudul Hasa were also present.
Made of processed celluloses of jute fabric, the freshly invented bags will look and weigh same as the polythene bags..