What is Peace Silk?

You may already be familiar with the benefits of silk itself, either in the form of silk pillowcases at night, or silk scrunchies during the day. But not all silk is created equal, and most people are unaware of the shockingly cruel methods used to create this luxurious fabric. We believe the highest form of luxury is one that is ethical – one that not only feels good to use, but also makes us feel good within ourselves.

This priority informs every aspect of what we do, from the vegetable dyes on our packaging to the solar power of our factory, and you can find out more about how we practice these values every day in our commitment to ethics and sustainability.

But what about the silk itself? Despite being a natural product, conventional silk production can be very damaging to the environment, resulting in huge volumes of water usage from chemical dyes and processing, as well as the death by boiling of thousands of silkworms.

We only use organic peace silk (also known as Ahimsa silk) in all our products, which is made completely differently. This process allows these precious creatures to continue their lives unharmed, while producing a beautifully luxurious fabric with minimal impact on the environment. 

What is Ahimsa or peace silk?

In conventional industrial silk production, 3,000-15,000 silkworms are boiled alive in their cocoons to create one metre of finished silk.

Ahimsa (from the Sanskrit word for “non-violence”) silk, or peace silk, allows the silkworms to continue their lifecycle to become moths. Silk is then produced from their remaining cocoons after they have emerged, without inflicting harm upon the living creatures.

Is peace silk vegan?

For those looking for an ethical, cruelty-free choice that is still natural and does not harm animals, peace silk makes an excellent option. The amazing silkworms still create the silk though, so it is not vegan by definition.
However “vegan silk” products are often in fact simply polyester satin, which is derived from oil, takes hundreds of years to decompose, and sheds microplastics into our oceans every time it is washed.
All choices about the products we use are a delicate ethical balance, but we believe peace silk can provide a solution that is both cruelty-free, and environmentally sustainable.

Is mulberry silk the same as peace silk?

Mulberry silk is a form of silk with long fibres, made from a particular species of moth, which creates high sheen and smoothness. Often touted as a premium product, it is in fact made through extremely strictly controlled environments and feeding for the silkworms, and unless specifically produced as a peace silk, still requires the cocoons to be boiled alive on an industrial scale.

Our peace silk is still exquisitely soft, smooth and luxurious, yet without this unnecessary cruelty in the production of it.

Why choose organic silk?

What goes into a natural product at the very beginning of its lifecycle affects every part of it, as well as the ecosystem all around it. We use only organic peace silk to avoid the use of harsh pesticides and fertilisers that strip away the natural biology of the soil, and work with clean, solar-powered factories for production. It’s important to us to minimise our the impact on the world around us, and to avoid unnecessary chemicals in the products closest to our hair and skin.

The advantages of both luxury and ethics

By choosing a silk pillowcase to be next to your hair and skin as you sleep, or a silk hair tie to wear throughout your day, you’re already making a commitment to a more sustainable, natural approach. However, without considering the type of silk used, these choices can be limited in their impact. 

Opting for an organic, non-toxic, and cruelty-free peace silk over an intensively mass-produced version, often involving harsh chemical dyes and opaque supply chains, ensures you can make the most of those advantages, and enjoy all of the luxuries of silk without compromising your conscience.

Woman sleeping on white peace silk pillowcase with pink silk scrunchie ponytail

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