Eco-friendly and employment aspects
Rama Lakshmi explains the eco-friendly issues that come into play in silk production. “Silk waste consists of cooking waste that comes out as fibre at the time of boiling the cocoons in hot water to get true end of the silk fibre. Such a silk waste fetches more price to reelers. Pupa which is a by-product of Silk reeling is sold as either fish /poultry feed and also for oil extraction used in cosmetics and medicines. Thus the entire process of silk reeling is eco-friendly and zero waste process besides generating 10% additional income to the reeler.”
Sadly, sericulture and weaving are dying occupations today. In order to keep the tradition alive and to promote the Silk Industry, the Government of Andhra Pradesh is providing a lot of incentives to farmers, reelers and weavers.
Driven by the health and environmental concerns associated with traditional dry cleaning solvents, recent advances in textile manufacturing have resulted in the emergence of commercial wet cleaning as a viable and environmentally-preferable clothes cleaning technology. Trained professional cleaners are now able to wetclean many garments that typically have been drycleaned, such as silks, woollens and linens.