Goat-friendly zero waste scarves? Many designer scarves are made from pashmina (cashmere), which comes from the fleece of a Tibetan goat, which is often killed at the end of its useful life. Shahtoosh (from the hair of a Tibetan antelope) is now banned, due to the species being endangered.
Most silk is made from boiling silkworms, and even ‘Peace Silk’ has found to find hungry silkworms starving on the ground, after chewing their way out of cocoons. You can find bamboo or cactus silk (ensure they are free from rayon), Microsilk (a biodegradable ‘vegan spider silk’) and Cupro (cotton waste – this drapes well, is cooler and easy to wash).
Many sheep are sheared too early to produce wool, causing hypothermia. And many are killed, when wool production slows. If you wear it, only buy from companies that guarantee no ‘mulesing’ (cutting chunks of skin without anaesthetic to remove flystrike) and from vegetarian wool companies.
- This scarf made from banana waste is warm and cosy, and gives employment to local women in Bhaktapur. Sold in 5 colours.
- Try knitting or crocheting your own scarf (both posts show where to find plant-based & recycled yarns). If making or buying scarves made with recycled synthetic materials (or plastic bottles), wash in a Guppyfriend, to stop plastic fibres escaping from the machine, into the oceans.
- Vegan Haven sells everyday, chunky & faux fur scarves.
- Seasalt Handybands double as light scarves (only choose organic version versions). Like all small items, keep scarves out of reach of children/pets.
- Turtle Doves (Shropshire) is a company that will recycle unused cashmere jumpers, and turn them into new ones – ideal for those who want ‘real cashmere’ but don’t want to harm any more animals. You get a pair of cashmere gloves in return, paying only the postage.