Growing is what silkworms do best—they grow to about 70 times their original size and shed their skin four times during a process called “molting.” And their cocoons are made from a single thread of silk that ranges from 900 to 3,000 feet long—that’s the length of three to ten football fields. After all of that, silkworms change into moths.
But worms who are used to make silk are boiled alive in their cocoons because the silk industry believes the silk becomes damaged when the moths hatch out. Sometimes they steam them or gas them to death, most are boiled alive. 1 pound of silk = 3,000 boiled alive silkworms!
Silk worms are easily startled, and they feel pain—as all animals do.
So if you’re into silk, buy ethical silk instead: This manufacturing method entails no silkworms are harmed or killed in the production process.
“With our animal friendly silk (Ahimsa silk) the silk is extracted after the silkworm has completed metamorphosis and emerged from the cocoon as a moth. Each cocoon is checked individually to ensure the moth has left the cocoon before the silk thread is spun. The silk fabric is then produced on an auto loom. This specialised production is a laborious process but the result is the quality of our silk is softer and finer in comparison to regular silk and it has a soft pearl natural finish instead of a satin look with a momme weight of 18.
This process of silk production ensures there is no killing, no cruelty, and at the same time the eco friendly fabric quality is totally protected.”
Check this company out– they sell absolutely gorgeous ethical silk fine items
Just a few of their products: