1000 Flowers for the Planet - #597 Buy Peace Silk
Many people know that silk comes from the silk worm but are you aware that the silk worm is boiled alive inside its cocoon before the single strand of beautiful fibre is then wound onto a reel? It makes silk a little less beautiful, doesn’t it? Animal cruelty isn’t just about the fluffy creatures we find appealing, it’s about any living creature.
Peace silk comes from the practice of allowing the silk worm to emerge from the cocoon before taking the silk and winding it onto reels. Obviously it really isn’t as simple as all that, but you can search the Internet for yourself to gain a fuller picture. The practices for growing silk vary from place to place, with a combination of boiling the insect and allowing it to escape the cocoon often being the way of production.
If we demand silk production to be as organic and natural as possible, then we create better practices for the insects involved. It’s not about saving every single egg laid by every single moth, because that would be quite ridiculous and not at all truth in nature. It’s about returning to the natural order of things and if we can find a way to do this, we can use natural fibres instead of chemically produced and plastic fibres, which is also better for the environment.