Most people are aware that materials such as leather, fur and suede are not cruelty free but did you know that silk production also causes suffering and death to animals? Traditionally the process of harvesting silk from a silkworm’s cocoon kills the larvae inside. According to Fiber Organics:
After a silkworm matures, it spins a cocoon around itself, wrapping one single filament from the outside in. At this point, in traditional sericulture, the cocoons are steamed or heated, killing the worm inside. This way the silk strand is unbroken, and can be unreeled in one single length.
The good news is that you don’t have to give up silk in order to remain a cruelty free fashionista! Peace silk, also known as Ahimsa Silk, is produced in an eco-friendly and non-violent way that spares the life of the silkworm. There is however some controversy in terms of whether any form of silk could be considered vegan….feel free to write in and let me know what you think!
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