Is silk sustainable?
As you may know, we create most of our garments using our favorite fibre : Italian silk. We love silk for its beautiful shine, transparency and flow but also for its sustainability.
Lombardy (where Milan is located) has produced silk since the 19th Century. Today, Como and its Province are worldwide known for their prestigious and refined silk.
Silk is made by silkworms, which feed exclusively on white mulberry trees and spin themselves into a cocoon of a long and silky thread. These cocoons are then bathed in warm water, which loosens the threads and allows silk producers to extract the silk. It is therefore not a suitable option if you are vegan.
Silk is however one of the most sustainable and eco-friendly natural fibres. While cotton requires pesticides, fertilisers and accrued water use for irrigation, silk has a much smaller impact on the land and water and doesn't need chemical products.
The carbon footprint is relatively marginal, as little energy is needed to grow the mulberry trees, which actually provide a carbon sink – sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. By using local silk, we also cut the carbon emissions caused by long airplane travels and use low-impact dying techniques, which considerably lowers our environmental footprint.
Silk represents a really small percentage of the overall fabric production and therefore has limited repercussions on the environment. It is an extremely durable material that can last for decades in your wardrobe if it is properly cared for. We advise using an eco-friendly dry-cleaning service or hand-washing your garments in order to limit your environmental impact.
No material is perfect and we are always looking to improve. But on top of being long-lasting and relatively sustainable, Italian silk creates job locally and allows artisans to sustain a beautiful tradition. We are proud to use this gorgeous material to create our pieces.