Silkworms Munch Mulberries & Dye to Produce Naturally Flourescent Silk

by , 03/27/11
filed under: Design, Eco Textiles

silkworm diet, special silkworm diet, naturally dyed silk, eco friendly dyes, eco friendly textiles

Current water-intensive practices for dyeing silk involve harsh toxic chemicals that can poison workers and the environment, but a group of scientists have created a method that could eliminate the dyeing process all together. Researchers from the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) in Singapore found that by feeding silkworms a diet of mulberry leaves mixed with dye, the little buggers produce naturally colored silk. Not only is the method eco-friendly, but it drastically reduces the amount of water needed.


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  1. chrisburgan06 March 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    unless this silk work came across mulberry’s and dye and decided to consume them both….you cannot call this “natural”

  2. AllForTheGreen March 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    You are what you eat..

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