Organic silk from China – Peace Silk from India
However, new developments in the area of silk production tread new paths in producing sustainable silk fabrics and yarns. The first project dealing with a organicc silk culture was developed in China in 1995. For a number of years now the project SABA, a Swiss-Chinese joint venture of the company Alkena, produces real organic silk. Over the last 15 years about 600,000 mulberry trees were planted in Sichuan. The leaves of the trees are the only source of nutrition the silkworm approves of.
The trees are not merely grown as a monoculture, but flourish in close proximity of fruit and other types of trees following biodynamical methods. This guarantees a higher biodiversity and a less disastrous distribution of diseases due to the lower density. Artificial fertilizers, antibiotics and growth-enhancing hormones are avoided by all means to preserve a healthy balance. The silkworms profit from feed that is high in quality, which, subsequently, results in the production of valuable silk threads.
Nowadays other projects started at different sites in order to enable the production of organic silk. Every production chain (spinning mill, dyeing factory, knitting mill, weaving mill and sewing is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard and regularly visited by the Fair Wear Foundation. Hence why, we guarantee that the highest standards of ecology and sustainable development are respected.
The greige is produced and certified according to the Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products.
Concerning the GOTS certification of our textiles we want point out:
Silk fabrics with the denomination "manufacturd according GOTS" are produced in accordance with the highest organic textile standard, the GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD. All mills are GOTS certified (spinning, dyeing, weaving, stitching, knitting). As the chain of dealers is not completely certified we can not label these fabrics as "GOTS certified". Nevertheless it is high grade organic quality that guarantees the highest possible level for ecological and social sustainibility. The textile chain from the silk rearing to the counter is eco-friendly, sustainable and fair.
The issue of TCs for these silk fabrics is unfortunately, because of the regulations of the GOTS, not possible.
Facts of Sustainbility and CSR