Military Grade Sandbags

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Military Specification SandbagsSandbags have been a staple for military engineers since the late 18th century. Military sandbags are commonly made out of woven polypropylene and are important because of their wide range of uses. When filled with sand or soil, sandbags play important roles in military fortification and flood control. Because they are relatively inexpensive, military sandbags are still widely used today. Read the rest of this entry »

The History and Uses of Burlap

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Tough and durable, burlap is known globally by many names (e.g. hessian or jute). The ancient people of India are credited with discovering the many uses of the jute plant. While the Indians used small amounts of the plant to make rope and paper, upon its discovery in the 1790s by English traders, the plant had not yet seen massive exportation. By 1793, Britain received 100 tons of the plant, and continued shipping the plant home for use.

The plant also made its way into Dundee, Scotland where the jute earned royal treatment, and by the 1830s, it was discovered how to make this tough material spin into yarn. Due to the hard-earned spinning discovery, Dundee Scotland was able to begin spinning large quantities of the material and he thrived.

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Using Sandbags for Flood Protection

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Flood ProtectionMother Nature can be completely unpredictable, and although modern science has unlocked ways to predict oncoming natural disasters, response programs and protection systems in even the most developed still aren’t perfect.Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the damage that these environmental conditions cause. Floods are one of the most common natural disasters around the world, so common that the news doesn’t even cover every flood. Floods are common for cities near the coast, as well as cities and towns that make their homes around rivers or in areas with unusually high rainfall.

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