Silk is a natural protein fibre produced by silkworms whilst spinning themselves into a cocoon. The silkworms feed on the leaves of mulberry trees for approximately 30 days before spinning their silken cocoons on a nearby twig. This process requires very little land and far less energy and chemicals than synthetic fabrics. This is due to the mulberry trees being mostly grown without the use of pesticides (pesticide can harm the silk worms) on marginal lands that can’t be used for crops. These ultra-soft fibres are then harvested from the cocoon by being boiled in hot water and stirred until unravelled.

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Once the silk is used to craft the garment it’s environmental benefits do not stop there. Unlike silk, synthetic fabrics release tiny pieces of micro plastics into the air and waste water systems, and from there into our rivers and oceans. Washing just one load of synthetic clothes results in the shedding of millions of micro plastics into our environment. In order to best care for your BIA & ZELUS Helios Shirt as well as the environment we highly recommend going to an organic dry cleaners, otherwise known as a chemical free dry cleaner.

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As for the end of silks useful life it has significantly lower environment impacts due to being a natural fibre. It takes approximately 1-5 years for 100% silk to decompose in comparison to polyester which can take up to 200 years.

The Helios Shirt

The Helios Shirt collection utilises 100% silk sheer fabrications to embrace a feminine silhouette...