How does silk fair environmentally
and socially as a material?
- Information on the environmental impacts of silk production is difficult
- Silk worms are easily affected by agrochemicals, so it would seem likely
that few pesticides are used in both the cultivation of worms, or in their
diet (predominately mulberry bushes).
- The process of degumming the silk
has traditionally used detergent and hot water which have implications for
the environment if discharged untreated in large enough quantities. (Source: Kate Fletcher, 1999