Is silk vegan and cruelty free?
Silk is a beautiful material that has a unique texture and weight. Traditionally, designers have loved using silk. It’s strong, natural and biodegradable. It also feels beautiful against the skin and has an elegant flow to the material. However, these silk pieces come at a cost.
Aside from being dry clean only, they’re not vegan.
How is traditional silk made?
The silk threads come from silkworm cocoons - this is where the worm lives before emerging as a moth. In order to unravel each cocoon, while preserving the long threads, the silk worms are boiled alive.
Billions of them.
It takes around 2 - 3 thousand cocoons to make just 1 pound of silk. And it takes nearly 10 billion cocoons to serve the silk industry every year, killing billions of worms in the process.
What about Peace silk?
Many brands have turned to Peace silk in their attempt to circumnavigate this cruel step in production. Peace silk is taken from the cocoon after the silk worm has finished with its former habitat. This takes the cruelty from the process and is certainly a reasonable alternative.
However, the feel of the final product isn’t the same. It doesn’t drape across the body in the same way, and lacks that special sheen synonymous with the real thing.
And that’s where we come in.
Why you should opt for vegan silk
At Ensoi, we’re not interested in making compromises. Compromises are the reason why most fashion brands aren’t prioritising sustainability. They’re the reason why fast fashion supply chains are so problematic, and why our industry is rightly under such scrutiny.
We’re over settling. That’s why we’re no longer stocking traditional silk. Rather, we’ll be producing 100% of our collection using a vegan silk alternative. After months of research, we’re proud to be working with a totally cruelty-free fabric that has been developed just for us.
A vegan, cruelty free silk alternative
After working with silk in the past, we knew this couldn’t be a sustainable part of our brand. We had to do better. So we got to work.
Months later, we’ve developed the ultimate cruelty-free, vegan fabric - with all the beautifully luxurious, soft and breathable qualities of traditional silk.
Often, brands position polyester materials as a vegan silk substitute. This leads customers into believing that they are buying something ethically sourced. However, these polyester fabrics (though technically cruelty free) are much more harmful to the planet as they are made from petroleum.
We’ve made our vegan silk from cupro. Cupro comes from cotton linter, which is wrapped around the cotton seeds in the cotton plant. The linter is a by-product of the cotton fabric trade, as it comes from a part of the plant which is usually discarded as waste.
We salvage this linter and process it in a closed-loop system, where it's woven into a stunning satin weave. This weave is undeniably similar to classic silk with its look, feel and drape. Oh and did we mention it’s machine washable?
The ultimate zero-compromise fabric.
Our summer silk collection
If you’re intrigued, make sure to sign up for our newsletter. We’ll let you know as soon as our cruelty-free silk collection is ready to launch this summer.
As well as our classic colourways, look out for our brighter shades that’ll last a lifetime of summer nights.