Silk is produced from the cocoon of silkworms, with an extremely low environmental impact: Silkworms feed only on natural food, mainly the Mulberry tree. Mulberry tree plantations allow a sustainable use of territory, and are never sprayed with fertilizers or pesticides as these damage the silkworms and the filaments they produce.
The processing of silk fibres has very low carbon emissions, and silk never releases any harmful or polluting substances during its entire lifecycle.
Lifecycle analyses have found silk to be 1000 times more efficient in energy concumption than polyethylene (used to make polyester fibre)
Silk is a natural fibre, the combination of two natural proteins, and therefore leaves no residue whatsoever at the end of product life. It is easily biodegradable. However due to its high re-useablity and recyclability, before we get to that point, there is so much more we can do with this beautiful and noble material.
Customers are encouraged to return the scarves they no longer want direct to Louis Jane, and receive a credit to use against a future purchase. The old scarves are upcycled into new products like hair scrunchies, bags, purses and necklaces, to name a few.