Continuing from where I left off in 2018. I am starting the year by listing down the facts about another animal derived alternative. Not everyone knows that silk is an animal product.
For a while, even as someone who is trying to transition to vegan, I was thinking what is wrong with taking silk for a silkworm? Is it not like finding an uninhabited spider web and make material from it? It seems that it’s not so let me point out some facts about silk.
- Silkworm cocoon is the source of silk
- Cocoons containing living silkworms are boiled
- To produce around 450g of silk, one needs to kill about 3000 worms
- Silkworm farms are breeding blind silkworms that have the inability to fly
- Rayon, Nylon, Polyester, Bamboo and Cotton are vegan alternatives to silk
- Eco-friendly vegan alternatives include Lyocell, Silk Cotton, Ceiba Tree Filaments and Milkweed Seed Pod Fibers
These are the facts I found about silk. Do you know of others? Your input could help others in choosing animal-free.