Over the next three years, PFGHL said it will manufacture the silk using an organic growing and production process with certified eco-friendly practices.
Bombyx silk will be sold in U.S. markets starting in August, and products will include 100 percent silk and silk blended with cotton, linen or Tencel. Finished fabric will be available in woven and knit varieties, for both designers and garment manufacturers to access.
Founded in 2017, Bombyx invested in a production facility in Sichuan Province’s Yilong County in China. Silkworms are raised and harvested at an eco-friendly organic sericulture base. The establishment of the silk cultivation and production bases in Yilong County initially created more than 600 jobs for local farmers, the company said.
In the coming three years, Bombyx said it plans to build three new facilities to allow direct control of the entire manufacturing process, from mulberry tree to finished fabric. Plans for future facilities include a reeling silk facility, a weaving and knitting facility, and a degumming and dyeing facility.
“Bombyx is committed to improving the local communities that house these facilities by utilizing local talent and contributing to poverty alleviation, particularly in rural counties, through job placement and fair wages,” Hilmond Hui, president of Bombyx, said. “Our facilities will also provide a place for local sericulturalists to improve their skills by learning the latest techniques.”
The company said each step of the manufacturing process incorporates sustainability practices, like water conservation efforts, and efficient use of non-renewable and renewable energy. This approach reflects PFGHL Group’s 23-year legacy of innovation and technology advancements that incorporate best practices in sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
“We are committed to producing a high-end product while resetting the bar for the industry by radically shifting the perception and approach to silk production, free trade and consumption,” Hiu said.