Although there is already a range of alternative leather options, silk is still widely used in luxury clothing, and the demand for it is continuously growing.
Grėtė Švėgždaitė, a new generation Lithuanian fashion designer and the founder of a luxury sleepwear brand JSC Gretes, Lithuania insists that with the vegan values entrenching many layers of fashion, natural silk will be replaced by sustainable textiles in due time.
There are silk alternatives like Naia cellulosic fiber from Eastman Chemical Co., Kingsport, TN/USA, that provide the same luxurious feel. Besides being vegan, sourced from pine and eucalyptus wood pulp, the manufacturing process is sustainable, recycling the solvents for re-use and leaving low carbon and water footprint. Another sustainable alternative is viscose.
»It is also our duty as consumers to push the fashion brands to make a real change and produce products in line with our values. «
Grėtė Švėgždaitė, founder, Gretes
Viscose, which is made from plants, can be made to resemble the softness of natural silk. However, clothing made from viscose or other similar fabrics have the same hypoallergenic properties but are vegan and sustainable.
Švėgždaitė also believes that the drive to replace natural silk with sustainable and vegan alternatives will be further bolstered by consumers who want to live in harmony with the environment around them.