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Silk Scarves and Shawls – The Natural Alternative

Updated on August 25, 2015

One of today’s top concerns is the environment. While we deplete the Earth’s natural resources at a disturbing pace, we still continue to spew chemical toxins into the atmosphere and manufacture products that are not biodegradable. Yet, there is some small ray of hope. More and more people are starting to use environmentally friendly substitutes. It is all part of a movement to play a small part in the battle for Planet Earth. Some opt for bicycles over the gas-guzzling car while others turn away from synthetic products to their less detrimental natural counterpart.

Nylon and acrylic fibers come from fossil fuels. Silk does not. The silk responsible for the creation of magnificent silk scarves and shawls stems from a renewable source. This is the silk moth. The moth lays eggs that produce larvae that spin the cocoon resulting in protein fibers. Some of the moths from the production process remain alive for further production.

Silk is an alternative to landfill garbage. It is a natural substance and biodegradable.  When this fabric comes to the end of its lifespan, it quickly becomes mulch. This is in direct contrast to the oil-based fabrics who take human life spans to dissipate.

If you prefer silk, consider the hand-made, hand dyed silk scarves and shawls. The process is more environmentally friendly than that of other comparable mass-produced or even designer scarves. The source for these beautifully designed scarves and shawls is not a toxin-producing factory. The process involves pain staking manual work relying on ancient techniques proven to have little to no negative impact on the environment.

Today’s consumer driven world is based on the principle of the most goods in variety and amounts available when we want them. This is slowly changing. There is a growing interest in the future and not the immediate present. This does not mean, however, a consumer need restrict his choices and sacrifice quality. Individuals are finding stunning, enduring and practical options that produce little ill effects on the natural environment.

Take silk shawls and scarves, for example. Any purchaser obtains a unique product that is not only highly practical, durable and versatile, but is also environmentally friendly. This product in source material and production is fossil fuel free and biodegradable. You can proudly wear this stunning item aware you are doing your part for the environment, yet sacrificing neither elegance nor grace. Does it get any better than this?

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    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Absolute beautiful and class.

    • Pinkchic18 profile image

      Sarah Carlsley 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      Oh these are adorable. I've quite taken to pashmina's myself, but it's generally the same concept. These are one of my favorite fashion accessories, they make any outfit look fab. Great hub!


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