The answer might surprise you.
When you think luxury fabric, silk is instantly top of mind. Not only does it look like luxury but it feels like luxury against your skin too. It’s also good for your skin and hair!
How do you say no to something like that? And we were all for it. Until we dug a little deeper…
Our favourite luxury fabric has a dark side. If you didn’t already know this, we don’t blame you! None of the articles that gush about the benefits of silk mention the true price we pay to get our hands on the precious fabric.
Here at touché, we’ve made it our mission to give you all the facts. And the fact is there might be a lot you don’t know about regular silk. We’d like to set the record straight while offering you an amazing vegan alternative to regular silk.
Introducing eucalyptus silk (lyocell). Our signature vegan silk is as close as you can get to silk growing on trees. Instead of giving you a list of vegan silk benefits (and it is a long list) - we’re going to help you compare and contrast our silk with regular silk.
This way, you get to decide for yourself which fabric is better for you. We have a sneaking suspicion it’s going to be vegan silk but we might be just a little biased.
Round 1: Maintenance - Which One Is Easier To Care For?
Let’s look into regular silk first.
Many regular silk products aren’t machine washable. This means, not only can it not go into the washing machine - you probably don’t want to put it in the dryer either.
But that’s fine, you’ll just hang it up outside. Nope!
Direct sunlight is terrible for regular silk too. You’ll need to wait for a warm but not too bright day to hang that silk up (make sure it’s lying flat or those wrinkles will be there to stay).
Might also be important to note - if you do get machine-washable silk, you have to be very careful as regular silk has a tendency to bleed onto other fabrics, needs silk-friendly soap and rips easily. Yikes!
What about vegan silk?
Glad you asked. The team at touché wanted to make the care process for our signature vegan silk as hassle-free as possible. And we did!
All you’ll need for touché silk products is a few drops of mild detergent and your washing machine. Just place your pillowcases or sheets in the washing machine with cold water and mild soap at a gentle cycle.
Aim to wash your silk with like-coloured laundry and use a washbag to avoid pilling. You could also always just wash it separately if you want to be extra cautious!
We recommend air drying, but if that isn’t possible just put it in the dryer at low heat and tumble setting.
And that’s it! How easy was that?
Plus, vegan silk doesn’t need to be washed as regularly as other fabrics due to its antibacterial properties. As a bonus, we also make sure our products are ready for use right out the box.
Meaning you won’t even have to worry about washing it for the first two weeks.
Round 2: Durability - Who Wins?
Just like regular silk, vegan silk is effortlessly lightweight and breathable. Both fabrics are cool to the touch - giving you the cool side of the pillow every night. But the resemblance may stop there.
Vegan pillowcases have built-in moisture-wicking properties that prevent water stains from possible sweating (which we doubt will happen) or washing.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for regular silk.
Delicacy is one of regular silks high points, and unfortunately, also one of its pitfalls. Regular silks highly absorbent nature means you’ll eventually see water and sweat stains on your precious fabric (ick!).
As we mentioned in the care instructions, you can’t leave regular silk out in the sun for too long either or the colour starts to fade. Don’t get us started on the wrinkles that never come out.
Regular silk also yellows with age and when exposed to perspiration. Regular silk is extremely temperamental. Coupled with its high price point - you’ve got a high maintenance fabric that might not be worth the investment.
Now, what about our vegan silk?
You’d get the exact opposite. It’s as durable as it is luxurious!
Our products are silky soft and keep that shiny new gloss even after some time has gone by. It was important for us to combine luxury and durability - allowing for a truly sustainable alternative to regular silk.
Vegan silk comes straight out of your wildest dreams and was made to handle some tough love. To prove it, we made touché’s vegan silk machine-washable! Don’t let the feathery texture fool you, it’s tougher than it looks.
Soft straight out of the box and even softer after every wash!
Round 3: A Moral & Ethical Dilemma
This is where the most important distinction between regular and vegan silk is found.
Ever wonder what it takes to produce regular silk? For every 1 kilogram of regular silk, 6600 silkworms are boiled or gassed alive. They don’t survive the process.
The harmful consequences of regular silk don’t end with silkworms either.
Silk actually tops the list as being one of the most harmful textiles on the planet. Compared to cotton, it uses up more water, risks more water pollution and leads to higher greenhouse gas emissions.
Our team at touché just couldn’t accept the environmental and ethical cost of regular silk. Which is why we took the time to create a vegan silk alternative that was just as good as regular silk, minus the harmful consequences.
No worms or moths are harmed in the making of vegan silk. Unlike peace silk, where moths are allowed to emerge from the cocoon beforehand but still get injured in the process, our products are 100% cruelty-free and are derived from eucalyptus fibres. Making it the best vegan alternative to regular silk.
We’re not in the business of harming trees or animal habitats either! We never touch wild eucalyptus trees and do not disrupt natural habitats. We only harvest from sustainably farmed eucalyptus trees that were planted solely for manufacturing purposes. And for every tree cut down, more are planted in its place.
touché offers you all the benefits of regular silk without taking away from the environment, choosing instead to preserve and protect it.
Each vegan silk product at touché is created through a zero-waste, closed-loop process where excess resources are continuously put to good use. Our silk also requires 10-20 times less water to produce compared to fabrics like cotton.
Vegan silk production uses less energy and cuts down on gas emissions. And if all this wasn’t enough to highlight the benefit of vegan silk, it’s also 100% recyclable and biodegradable!
But what about harsh chemicals and toxic solvents that come with regular silk? Psh, harmful substances don’t come close to polluting any of our products. Our silk is both planet earth and you friendly!
Ready to trade the disadvantages of silk pillowcases for a long list of benefits you’d get with vegan silk?
Not only are you getting the convenience of easy vegan silk care, but you’re choosing durability over fragility and eco-friendly luxury over materials that are not only ethically questionable but ultimately, also environmentally damaging.
At touché, expect to indulge in sustainable luxury.
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