Recently we had the immense privilege of talking to the year 7 students at Cowandilla Primary school about the process of cultivating and weaving jute. We are so grateful for the experience and it has certainly been a highlight of Living Jute’s journey so far! Some of the key topics we touched on are where jute is grown, how long it takes to be cultivated, the environmental benefits of jute and how we can use it to benefit vulnerable communities.
We were so impressed to see the children so engaged and responsive to our questions! Cowandilla is a climate change focus school, meaning that the curriculum is largely centered around climate education. The school has made a commitment to ensure that students are able to form their own appropriate opinions and ethics based on science. As purveyors of eco-friendly and biodegradable products, we are huge supporters of this goal.
What’s in the future?
From here, we are working on an exciting project that involves the students of Cowandilla. They will have the opportunity to create their own designs to be printed on drawstring jute bags manufactured by Living Jute. This will create the chance to embody and apply the information we presented to them about our jute-making process.
When we connect with the younger generation, we truly have the chance to make an impact on the future of the planet.
Our founder, Rashed Kabir, had these words of reflection:
“I have never been so grateful in my life. It’s a day where I have represented my home of Bangladesh to the country I have lived in most of my life, Australia… What excites me the most is we get to present our vision to our future nation, who will become the leaders of the community, state, country and the world.”
We would like to extend a huge thankyou to Michael Cannavan for making the presentation possible and for supporting our vision to involve and inform the younger generation on alternative solutions to help the planet.