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Peace Silk: What Is It?

Last year, while I was shooting the film Gods Behaving Badly, we needed a wedding dress for one of the scenes in the movie. Eco-friendly, vegan designer Lucy Tammam created this beautiful dress pictured above. It is so pretty and romantic. Sadly, Lucy’s dress didn’t make it into the film, but I hope to go to her shop next time I’m in London.

A Conscious Couturier

Traditional silk is made from the cocoons of silkworms. The cocoons are harvested before the silkworms emerge from them, so silk manufacturers gas or steam the silkworms to kill them before collecting the cocoons. According to PETA, 3,000 silkworms are killed to make every pound of silk.

Lucy has found a kind, cruelty-free alternative. At her atelier in London, she creates handcrafted couture made from various vintage fabrics and consciously sourced materials. One of the fabrics she uses is called “Peace Silk.”

Peace silk is woven by hand by fair trade producers in India. This cruelty-free silk is sourced from the cocoons of the wild Eri moth. The process does not involve touching or harming the moths, nor does it require keeping them in captivity. Rather their cocoons are collected from the forest after the moths emerge and fly away.


Give Peace Silk A Try

Lucy is offering a free cotton scarf to anyone who makes a purchase of £100 or more from Atelier Tammam. To receive your free scarf, note that you are a Kind Lifer in your payment details or email her to let her know that you found out about her through The Kind Life. She ships internationally and you can order online here, or if you live in London, visit her atelier at:

Atelier Tammam
5 Hastings Street


What do you think of Peace Silk?
Let’s dicuss in the comments below.



  • njc

    I’m not sure about this issue. I know that studies have shown that plants know on some level when they are in danger. I don’t think that means that we’re not supposed to eat them.

    • JD Mumma

      njc – As a critical thinking skeptic*, I prefer to review the claim with the supportive evidence. I also prefer to not make claims I can not back up.
      Q1.) Are you able to provide the “studies” that you are referring to?
      Q2.) Have you investigated the study design and reviewed the study interpretation?
      Q3.) Have you looked at the the peer reviews or any of these studies?

      *sufficient evidence before acceptance or belief

      • njc

        No, JD, in answer to 1, 2, 3. The things I have read are too far in the past to recall names, etc. May I say that I have believed in communication among species for many many years, and that my belief is backed up by life experience and wide associations with others, young and old, who also believe in their own experiences. When I was growing up I was taught that the human brain was the only thing that could be trusted, I had to fight that notion within myself in order to fully access a much broader sense of “what is”. I do appreciate your “critical thinking”, and sometimes need to be reminded of the need for it.

  • Trish94903

    This is so wonderful — I have always loved silk and was dismayed to find out that the silkworms are killed to make it. Haven’t bought anything made of silk since then. Now there is a kinder alternative that is also fair trade sourced. Thanks so much for this article–I’ve reposted it on my FB page for all of my friends.

  • Donnaa Damzelle

    Until today i had no idea that these poor little moths were killed, and though my ignorance is no excuse, ive vowed that in the future mine will be peace silk. had it not been for care2 messages, i would not have known, for this i am grateful.
    I dont post on social sites any more, as i hate the spying of our accounts, but ive emailed many who are, and they will spread the word. so its Peace Silk from now on. THANK YOU so much


    Likewise, I had no idea what these Sikworms went through to produce Silk.
    I will certainly never purchase any in the future and will inform people I know about this cruel practice.
    Thanks for posting.

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  • Susan Jenkins

    How awful. I wish I had known sooner. I will no longer buy silk that isn’t Peace Silk.

  • Vipérine Doc

    Here is another point of view — this author says that peace silk may not be as “peaceful” as it’s marketed to be:

    • AlyssaMoh

      yes, I also just read this in my research to find out whether or not it is truly ethical to wear silk.
      The short answer is really no if you look closely.

      Unfortunately, silk is another animal product that cannot be separated from cost to life.

      The next best thing would be some very finely spun cotton, or a similar cruelty-free synthetic.

      Maybe one day we will be able to bio-engineer silk, but to me, it is pretty clear that there is still a life cost involved through silk.

      Sad, I rather liked the fabric and own drapes made of it. To think of the cost involved for my luxury makes me feel bad :S

  • Julie Swartout

    I have been concerned about silk and the killing of the innocent silk worms for clothing, home things and cosmetics. Lately, I have been loving cover girl makeup and was concerned about the silk in the lip perfection lipstick. Well, I just got home from buying many of them-most of them were on sale. So, I thought, I like these so much, I should just give them a try. I am thinking since CG uses ethical practice when collecting wood pulp and palm oil, and they use recycled packaging to sell products in. I felt that they probably use ethical peace silk. Previously, I asked and about the silk in the lipstick and was told that it is whatever the manufacturer has.
    I decided to give the lipstick a go in my cosmetic collection because they have such good ethical practices. But for now, I’ll just stick to the lip perfection lipstick by covergirl as the limited amount of silk I will have in my home, use in my sewing or arts & crafts projects and even in my wardrobe. Besides from my lipstick, I oppose silk in my personal collection due to the fact that the silk worms might actually be killed to make a products. I am seriously not into animal killing/mammal or insect killing and will never be.
    Julie Swartout :-)

    • Julie Swartout

      alright, I just got the flip-stick lipstick by CG. :-)

    • Julie Swartout

      Actually, I remembered the other day I have some small silk fabrics that I learned how to color with for fabric coloring. They are just about square and rectangle size samples. I also have some of the new colorlicious lipsticks by CG. I’m not sure if they have silk in them, but I’m guessing that they do.

      • Julie Swartout

        FYI (for your information) I recently found out that p&g provides clean drinking water for people in 3rd world countries. p&g supplies a special packet’s of powder that purifies water. The what was dirty water becomes purified, usable and drinkable! All possible specially from p&g!

      • Julie Swartout

        I hope it’s peace silk or vegan/vegetarian silk!

    • Julie Swartout

      When I look at silk products, fabrics, clothing, cosmetics or whatever product it is, I will definitely keep the theory of ‘peace silk’ in my heart. I think in my heart, I will just think of the silk ingredient or product of peace silk, when It might not be actually ‘peace silk’. I’ll still look out for silk in clothing and still choose a vegan and cruelty free article of clothing instead.

  • T Young

    Good to know. I will adjust accordingly. Thank you

  • Roni Marie

    The links do not work for her email or website…I am interested in purchasing items…tell me how.

  • Jan McGill

    Hi Alicia! love the idea, but the link above doesn’t work for Tamman. I Googled her name and this came up, and worked. I think somehow the link above is broken. Cheers, and thanks so much for all the good you do.

  • Christina Jones

    I do not eat meat, mostly because I don’t like it, but I do use silk and will continue to use it until something better comes along. I don’t like synthetics because most of them are derived from or are byproducts of oil refining and that is something I would like human beings to stop doing. Like another of your readers I have doubts about so-called “Peace Silk’ and until it is shown to be as wonderful as it is said to be, I will stick with poor old Bombyx. My consolation in this being that these particular worms are bred for the purpose and there is no suggestion that the manufacturing of silk is having a deleterious effect on the general population.

  • MrsMeow

    CoverGirl uses animal products in their cosmetics and conducts testing on small animals.They are owned by Proctor and Gamble, who test all their cleaning products on animals in laboratories that exist for this purpose. considering the accuracy of non-animal testing models at this time these companies are now clearly just torturing animals for profit.

  • Julie Swartout

    Hi, I was thinking about peace silk. I have realized that it is vegetarian. This is good for vegetarians to know. My personal thoughts are: it’s so hard to live in a world that can be 100% vegan and at times cannot be realistic. Sometimes in life, we just need to settle for the vegetarian options.

  • lostarts

    “Peace silk” is a brand name for tussah silk, witch is harvested the same way. Anything called tussah is cruelty-free.

  • Bmommyx2

    Awesome idea & I don’t know why it wasn’t done sooner

  • Wolfbynite

    Didn’t know why silk was on the list but made sure I never bought it. Now that I know why and how it’s done I’m glad I never bought silk. I will have to look up the peace silk. It’s natural and humane so I wouldn’t have a problem buying this silk.

  • Abundantz

    I always use Environmental Working Group ( to help me decide on safe products. They constantly test and rate products and foods (for foods, see their Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen list, “dirty” being ones with a toxic load of pesticides). Your flip-stick you just bought falls into the 7-10 Category of “high hazard” with a rating of 7. Just FYI.

  • Julie Swartout

    I was informed that the manufacturer controls the source of ingredients, and it’s probably not possible for p&g or cg to inform costumers of the exact ingredient sources. And I was also informed CG policy is to use synthetic and vegetable sources first. In conclusion, I really hope that manufacturers/companies use peace silk methods!!!

  • Julie Swartout

    Here is a link my personal thoughts/belief’s about this topic. I took it deeply to my heart and is a sensitive matter for devoted vegan/vegetarians like me. Here it is:

  • Debra Lambert

    I looked up peace silk because I am vegan and would love to use silk. Because I am such a sceptic I looked for someone who thinks peace silk is green-washing. I found this site: and they make a convincing case. It’s true the pupae are not killed in making peace silk but all that means is that lots of caterpillars die or are eaten (by us). I think there’s no way round it for vegans, we just have to use something else.

    • Cathleen Young

      Thank you for mentioning the site, Voidsurfer. I’ve seen it too and agree it’s persuasive. If it is, we vegans should do our best to set the record straight. I will look further asap. Take care!

  • elegantlyeco

    I agree with voidsurfer. I found the same article on the wormspit website that peace silk is a misnomer because pupae still end up dying. I would just prefer to avoid silk to avoid the issue.

  • Julie Swartout

    Thanks for this post! I really appreciate it. I now have hope that silk is ethical and can incorporate it into my life.I now have hope.