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Why Is Silk Unethical?

TRADITIONAL SILK MANUFACTURE: The Worms: Silk fibre is the fibres of silkworm cocoons.  Only the healthiest silk moths are used for breeding. Their eggs are categorised, graded, and meticulously tested for infection.  Unhealthy eggs are burned. The healthiest eggs may be placed in cold storage until they are ready to be hatched. Once the eggs are incubated, they usually hatch within seven days. They emerge at a mere one-eighth of an inch (3.2 mm) long and must be maintained in a carefully controlled environment.       Under normal conditions, the eggs would hatch once a year in the spring when mulberry trees begin to leaf (silkworms feed only on mulberry tree leaves, hence the seemingly out-of-place mention of mulberry...

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What Does Green Mean? By Vanessa Friedman

Good question. And here’s the truth: having spent two days in Copenhagen immersed in the concept, having thought about it over the weeks since then, and having canvassed a wide variety of fashion figures, I can honestly answer ... no one knows. And the more you try to figure it out, the more confusing it becomes. Consider the following responses to the same, straightforward, question: “How would you define sustainable fashion?” Frida Giannini, Gucci creative director: “Quality items that stand the test of time – it is this concept of sustainability, symbolised by a timeless handbag that you wear again and again, and can pass on, that I am always thinking of when I design.” Oscar de la Renta, designer,...

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