Silk

In keeping with our do no harm animal welfare policy, we do not use silk

Routinely used by luxury fashion houses, silk requires killing the silkworm before its transformation into a moth. Whilst “Peace Silks” (“ahimsa”) do exist on the market, we were unable to source one that also met our quality standards and therefore chose to forgo silk entirely.

Why We Choose Not To Use Silk

  • The natural life cycle of a silkworm would be, once it has spun its cocoon and transformed into a chrysalis, for the chrysalis to break through the protective cocoon and emerge as a moth. However, to prevent the silk filament being broken, seri culturists must destroy the chrysalis. This is done by stoving, or stifling, the chrysalis with heat. 1

  • For a silk to be considered “Peace Silk” (or “ahimsa”), silkworms must be allowed to live their full life cycle. Following this method, the silk cocoons are not taken until the metamorphosis is complete and the moth breaks free. 2

  • The Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI), which ranks the environmental impact of a fiber from raw fiber production to fabric, positions silk higher than almost all other fibers. This is mainly due to its global warming potential and use of fossil fuels, chiefly in the reeling and processing stages. 3

Footnotes

1. https://www.offsetwarehouse.com/blogs/resources/why-is-silk-unethical
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