There’s nothing like sinking into a clean comfortable bed. The feel of silk under your head is the definition of luxury. So should you switch to a silky pillow?
The answer is, um solidified insect spit (eewww). The caterpillars of the silk moth eat mulberry leaves, and produce twin threads to make their cocoon. Each cocoon has nearly a kilometre of thread. This is later unwound and twisted into silk yarn.
Bedrooms are supposed to be cool and airy. Great if you can do it, not so great if you have to shut windows due to noise. Sleeping on silk gives a wonderful cool feel, whatever the temperature. That means better sleep, and that’s something all of us need to be on top form. Treat yourself to a new pillow – you could even buy one filled with silk fibre for the ultimate treat.
Smooth silk also means smooth hair and skin. That saves time in the morning for something more interesting than hairstyling. Such as a good breakfast or a pre-work Hussle.
Er, yes. The standard silk production process boils or steams the occupied cocoons – and that’s obviously the end of the line for the silk moths. This is done to stop the insect damaging the cocoon on the way out, which reduces the yield by breaking the thread.
If this process makes you uncomfortable, consider ‘wild peace silk’. This is produced in less intense conditions and allows the moth to leave the cocoon naturally. The good news is that silk production uses far less water and creates far less pollution than the manufacture of other fabrics.
If your sleep isn’t what it should be, try smoothing things out with silk.
ok, silk pillows now on my Christmas list. Although I too didn't realise there was anything to be concerned about ethically.
no silk for vegans, then? I think I did know that the standard process kills the caterpillar. Perhaps I should be more worried about this.
Well I never knew there would be such a things as wild peace silk. Never did I think I would be unethical to purchase standard silk. My conscience is duly reprimanded.