Why Silk Is A Superior Eco-Friendly Material + How To Shop For It

According to a Chinese legend, silk was discovered by an empress who was sipping her tea under a mulberry tree when a cocoon fell into her cup. The cocoon began to unravel itself and the empress admired the beauty of the shimmering threads. As the legend goes, the young royal invented the reel and loom and began to teach the ladies of her court how to weave silk fabric. This truly natural material has been a sign of luxury ever since -- and is now more accessible than ever, appearing in every form from pajamas to pillowcases.

The beautiful, natural material feels amazing to wear, it's biodegradable, non-toxic and even has anti-bacterial properties. While silk is not a good choice for vegans, for others, silk can be a very ethical, sustainable fabric, due to the fairly low impact of the silk-creation and production process. When done well, silk manufacturing can be a harmonious and low waste process.

Silk is spun from the long threads which make up the inner cocoon of a silkworm. These little critters keep a raw, gluten-free, dairy-free diet which consists entirely of mulberry leaves - the product of a hardy tree that is resistant to pollution and easy to cultivate. The tree bark has medicinal properties and the fruit can be used as a natural dye or to fill a pie. The leaves of the mulberry will feed the worms and the worms, in turn, can feed the farmers.

Looking for some easy and elegant ways to integrate more silk into your life? Populate your wardrobe, your bedroom and your online shopping carts with these luxe silk picks...

Everlane The Clean Silk Notch Shirt | This breezy button-down is like your favorite PJ shirt, gone luxe. It has an elegant notched collar and straight hemline to keep things modern—perfect for a half-tuck. Plus—it’s made of eco-conscious Clean Silk, for more beauty and less waste. CHECK OUT

Ozma of California 1930's Bandana | This oversized vintage-inspired bandana scarf is made with 100% silk and is hand-printed and dyed in Los Angeles. CHECK OUT

Cuyana Silk Cami | An enduring essential, this sophisticated silk cami is exquisitely crafted from premium 25mm silk crepe de chine. It is destined for day-to-night, work-to-weekend, big city or beachside. CHECK OUT

Helena Quinn Silk Robe | This luxurious silk robe will melt when it drapes over your skin after a long day. It's the perfect addition to your skincare regime, bringing a bit of decadence into everyday life. Wear it for evenings at home to lounge in, or out on the town over jeans and heels for a glamorous evening look. CHECK OUT

Manner Market The Western Bandana | This scarf is truly the wear-with-anything accessory. Inspired by Americana style and classic denim, this collection was inspired by deadstock bandanas collected throughout the 90’s in Los Angeles flea markets. CHECK OUT

Lunya Washable Silk PJ set | There's a reason why Lunya's Washable Silk Robe is their #1 seller -- and forever a go-to for our holiday shopping Light and sexy paired with the washable factor makes this set simply irresistible. CHECK OUT 

Shhh Silk Pillowcase | A silk pillowcase is a miracle tool for improving your hair and skin, preventing frizz and reducing sleep wrinkles caused by traditional cotton pillow cases. CHECK OUT

Cuyana Slip dress | This silk slip dress is crafted from 25mm silk crepe de chine, and its fluid silhouette is cut to flatter the figure. This piece is ideal paired with minimalist heels for evening affairs, yet will read demure for day with simple sandals and a crisp blazer.CHECK OUT

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