Silk Made Sustainably
Did you know that silk production emits 814x less carbon vs cotton?A tonne of cotton emits 27,680 kg CO2 into the atmosphere, whereas a tonne of silk emits only 34 kg of CO2. This just one of the many factors that make silk a truly sustainable textile. It’s also bio-degradable and production is free from pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, formaldehyde and toxic bleaches and chemicals.
Leading silk production companies use silk from Mulberry trees where the trees sequester carbon from the atmosphere and the Mulberry fruits are consumed by the local community. The silkworm consumes the mulberry leaves to produce the silk. Organic matter is used as foraging and feed for aquaculture fish farms and organic material from these ponds are used as fertiliser for cultivating mulberry trees. It is a fascinating process and in parts of Asia, silkworms are eaten as a form of delicacy (shall we say it’s comparable to what snails are to France, frog legs to China or caviar to Russia). This makes the process environmentally friendly, and the term ‘Mulberry Silk’ arises from silk produced from Mulberry trees.
To further their sustainability initiatives, Mayfairsilk have partnered with The Eden Reforestation Projects to plant a tree on behalf of the consumer with every order.
The Eden Reforestation Projects is a non-profit that plants millions of trees each year and provide consistent income for more than 25,000 people living in extreme poverty. Their aim is to alleviate these people through environmental stewardship. Darshana Ubl, the co-founder of Mayfairsilk mentions “We encourage more companies followed this approach of planting trees on behalf of the consumer, which in turn reverses the pollution and companies can give back what we take from the environment and maintain a balanced eco-system”.
Initiatives like these in the world of textiles shows Mayfairsilk as a pioneer in what could very well be one of the most sustainable fabrics in the world - Mulberry Silk.
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Very informative article. Been a customer of MayfairSilk for over a year and it has really opened my eyes to just how great this sustainable fabric (silk) is.