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What is the difference between biodegradable PLA twine, polypropylene twine and jute twine?

Biodegradable twine, PLA twine, polypropylene twine, jute twine and jute Cordenka twine are twine used in horticulture to tie up crops so they grow better. Nowadays there is a varied supply of twine because sustainability is becoming increasingly important in horticulture. In addition to the well-known non-biodegradable polypropylene twine from Valent, there are now several types of biodegradable twine, including PLA twine, jute and jute cordenka. But what is the difference between these four types of twine? Our specialist will explain in this article.
Twine in tomato crop
Martin Meuldijk
Specialist Crop Rotation | 26 June 2023 | 4 min. reading time

Polypropylene twine | Valent Twine 

Polypropylene twine is non-biodegradable. The twine is made of polypropylene, or plastic. Polypropylene twine is perfect for growing tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants and peppers. The twine is strong and does not absorb moist, reducing the risk of twine breakage. In addition: it is flexible, gentle to plants, employees and it is also UV-treated. This way the twine is resistant to UV-radiation for a period of twelve months by default. Polypropylene twine is available at Royal Brinkman under the brand name Valent. Valent is available in various types, sizes and colors.

Biodegradable PLA twine

PLA twine or Polylactic acid twine is a biodegradable product. It is not only used in horticulture, but for example also as a surgical suture and biodegradable garbage bags. PLA twine for horticulture is spun and then twisted, giving it additional strength. PLA twine has a tensile strength of around 29 kg and is not UV-sensitive.

Jute twine

Jute twine is a biodegradable twine and a product that has been used for ages. Jute is obtained from plants of the Corchorus genus. The long, soft bark fibers of jute plants can be spun into strong threads. In general, jute twine is only used in the greenhouse cultivation of beans, melons and cucumbers. Due to the coarse structure, these plants are well capable of growing around the twine. As a result, fewer clips are required, reducing the risk of bending of the cucumber plant. Jute twine is available in 3, 4, 5 and 6-thread twine.

Jute Cordenka twine | Biodegradable twine

Jute Cordenka twine is made of one thread of cordenka and a few jute threads. The cordenka twine is manufactured from a natural viscose, which makes it fully biodegradable. Jute Cordenka has a load capacity of 35kg, reducing by some 38% towards the end of the season.

What makes twine thickness so important?

Some crops require thicker twine, because the fruit of this crop is heavier. In order to determine properly which kind of twine is required, you can consult our diagram or contact one of our product specialists. The choice for the right type of twine is very important to prevent twine breakage in the cultivation process. Our specialist has also written an article on how to pick the right twine for tomato hooks

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Wondering if these products are right for your crop? As a horticultural supplier, we understand that making the right choice can be difficult. We offer free samples of Crop Support products to help you make the right choice.
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What is the difference between biodegradable PLA twine, polypropylene twine and jute twine?

Biodegradable twine, PLA twine, polypropylene twine, jute twine and jute Cordenka twine are twine used in horticulture to tie up crops so they grow better. Nowadays there is a varied supply of twine because sustainability is becoming increasingly important in horticulture. In addition to the well-known non-biodegradable polypropylene twine from Valent, there are now several types of biodegradable twine, including PLA twine, jute and jute cordenka. But what is the difference between these four types of twine? Our specialist will explain in this article.
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Polypropylene twine | Valent Twine 

Polypropylene twine is non-biodegradable. The twine is made of polypropylene, or plastic. Polypropylene twine is perfect for growing tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants and peppers. The twine is strong and does not absorb moist, reducing the risk of twine breakage. In addition: it is flexible, gentle to plants, employees and it is also UV-treated. This way the twine is resistant to UV-radiation for a period of twelve months by default. Polypropylene twine is available at Royal Brinkman under the brand name Valent. Valent is available in different types, sizes and colors.

Biodegradable PLA twine

PLA twine or Polylactic acid twine is a biodegradable product. It is not only used in horticulture, but for example also as a surgical suture and biodegradable garbage bags. PLA twine for horticulture is spun and then twisted, giving it additional strength. PLA twine has a tensile strength of around 29 kg and is not UV-sensitive.

Jute twine

Jute twine is a biodegradable twine and a product that has been used for ages. Jute is obtained from plants of the Corchorus genus. The long, soft bark fibers of jute plants can be spun into strong threads. In general, jute twine is only used in the greenhouse cultivation of beans, melons and cucumbers. Due to the coarse structure, these plants are well capable of growing around the twine. As a result, fewer clips are required, reducing the risk of bending of the cucumber plant. Jute twine is available in 3, 4, 5 and 6-thread twine.

Jute Cordenka twine | Biodegradable twine

Jute Cordenka twine is made of one thread of cordenka and a few jute threads. The cordenka twine is manufactured from a natural viscose, which makes it fully biodegradable. Jute Cordenka has a load capacity of 35kg, reducing by some 38% towards the end of the season.

What makes twine thickness so important?

Some crops require thicker twine, because the fruit of this crop is heavier. In order to determine properly which kind of twine is required, you can consult our diagram or contact one of our product specialists. The choice for the right type of twine is very important to prevent twine breakage in the cultivation process. Our specialist has also written an article on how to pick the right twine for tomato hooks

Free Sample Twine

Wondering if these products are right for your crop? As a horticultural supplier, we understand that making the right choice can be difficult. We offer free samples of Crop Support products to help you make the right choice.
Contact form
Can't find your answer? Fill out the contact form and our specialist Martin Meuldijk will get back to you. On weekdays, even within 24 hours.
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