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Is Organic Peace Silk vegan, vegan-friendly or cruelty-free?

There is a question. Last year, vegan actor, Benedict Cumberbatch brought cruelty-free fashion to the Met Gala wearing a vegan bamboo suit with a "peace silk" shirt. And to our delight, vegan actress, Izabella Miko shared on her Instagram feed the "New morning uncomfortable habits" wearing our very own Organic Peace Silk camisole PJ set, so funny you must watch! So personally, I am inclined to say Organic Peace Silk is vegan-friendly.

Nonetheless, at Ethical Kind, we say Organic Peace Silk is cruelty-free, eco-friendly and ethical. As by wiki definition, veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. Silk is a natural protein fibre composed mainly of fibroin produced by silkworm larvae to form cocoons, and in its strictest term, it is not vegan.

However, just with many beliefs, practices and philosophies, the form all varies significantly between individuals. As much as we love this fine fabric, in the age of conscious fashion, we feel it's essential to understand the production practices behind the choices we make:

Silk is made by spinning and weaving the strong fibers from the chrysalis of silkworms.

At Ethical Kind, the Organic Peace Silk is primarily Tussar silk extracted from silkworms living in the wild that feed on leaves of organic Asan trees. The cocoons are only collected after the silkworm completed its metamorphosis into a butterfly. These are essential species, like bees in preserving biodiversity. To protect these silkworms, the silk farmers patrol the farm area to warn off predators like snakes and spiders, and mosquito nets protect young silkworms, and no harmful fertiliser, pesticides or chemicals are used in the production. The resulting threads are spun to yarn and weaved into textiles; it's very different to the making of conventional silk.

Conventional silk uses domestic mulberry silkworms that are fed with crops packed with pesticides and fertilisers before the cocoons are cruelly boiled with the silkworm chrysalis still inside. The fibres are then extracted and refined by their strength, spun, washed with highly toxic chemicals, and then weaved into textiles.

While the silk's organic nature makes it fully biodegradable, Organic Peace Silk is the alternative for people who care about the lives of animals and the environment, and for the people who appreciate the queen of luxurious silk fibers feminine grace and beauty.  Organic Peace Silk clothing works with nature and solves the cruelty problem associate with conventional silk production, hence many vegans are comfortable wearing peace silk for these reasons.  

Check out the Organic Peace Silk Collection here.   If you have any questions or comments, please drop us a message at hello@ethicalkind.com

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