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Silkworms Munch Mulberries & Dye to Produce Naturally Flourescent Silk

Posted By Jessica Dailey On March 27, 2011 @ 10:45 am In Design,Eco Textiles | 2 Comments

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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 [1] (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] Institute of Materials Research and Engineering: http://www.imre.a-star.edu.sg/

[2] READ MORE >: http://www.ecouterre.com/new-silkworm-diet-naturally-dyes-silk-reduces-water-consumption/

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