With this strong environmental profile, you may wonder why our products are not labelled “organic”. As environmentally aware world citizens, we at Cocoon strongly support the organic movement.
However, we are scrupulous about not making undue claims for our products. Unless something is “Certified Organic” by an external body, it should not be labelled as such. Please do not believe “greenwash” labelling on uncertified products, or any company’s unproven claims (eg. “grown in areas with no pollution”). These just de-legitimise the very important organic movement.
Some chemicals are used in the production of our silk, meaning it is NOT organic. Although they have no effect on the silkworms, fertilisers and pesticides are used on mulberry bushes in winter, when the worms are absent. Cocoon processing, although generally involving only water, may include some low-hazard chemicals and, in the case of coloured silk, dyes.
The truth is, the development of a certified organic product takes significant time, expense and effort. Yields may be reduced and risks are higher. Production is strictly audited to ensure the legitimacy of the organic label. This applies to every step of the process, from establishment (eg. planting mulberry bushes) through the value chain (rearing silk worms, processing cocoons), to delivery to you, the customer (ensuring that organic products are not mixed in with non-organic ones).
For these reasons, there are few suppliers of organic silk, and – rightly so – their products are costlier and large minimum order quantities apply. Cocoon is in contact with certified organic silk suppliers, and we’re working hard towards an organic future for the company. We’re not there just yet – but watch this space!