So there’s been a bit said recently about how silk pillowcases are the answer to every girl’s morning beauty issues. Yep, you wake up with a perfectly crease-free face and your hair looks just like it did when you climbed in between the sheets eight hours (or less!) earlier.

This not-so well kept secret is a tactic of hairstylists, dermatologists, beauty experts, celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian and supermodels Gisele Bündchen and Cindy Crawford. A silk pillowcase is also a must-have on a long haul flight, so you can arrive at your destination looking as if you’ve had your full sleepy quota instead of four red wines and a bloke snoring in your ear.

The science is pretty simple: as skin ages, it loses elasticity and those pesky sleep creases start to last longer into the day. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase lets your skin ‘glide’, reducing the likelihood of creasing in the first place. It’s also good for your hair as a smooth surface reduces friction and the ensuing tangles.

The problem with silk

But hang on, silk isn’t exactly vegan, is it? Well no. Mass-produced silk is made from domesticated silkworms, raised on farms. The silkworms are fed mulberry leaves until they are ready to spin cocoons, at which point they are dropped into boiling water, which kills the silkworms and begins the process of unravelling the cocoons to produce silk thread.

Silk can be made without killing the caterpillars. Eri (‘peace’) silk and Ahimsa (‘non-violent’) silk, are a lot more expensive and make up a very small part of the silk market. And while they are an infinitely better option, some vegans feel the exploitation in these cruelty-free silks is enough reason to boycott.

Vegan Silk Pillowcases

But don’t despair, because that’s not the end of the story. Enter bamboo – a fabric with similar properties to silk, plus sustainability and animal friendliness. Ettitude is an Australian company leading the way with its organic bamboo lycocel bedding, including the softest pillowcases you’ll ever rest your face on.

Then there’s Life Basics range of Eco Bamboo Luxury Sheet & Pillow sets. Made from soft bamboo lyocell, they’re breathable with a lustrous finish that feels silky smooth on the skin. Not only is the fabric wrinkle-resistant and as smooth as silk, it’s also naturally anti-microbial and hypoallergenic.

So with your new vegan silk pillowcases, now you can emerge each morning looking like your usual glamorous self.

This article was originally published on 2 September 2019 and has been updated.

Photo by julie aagaard from Pexels

About the Author


Sara is a journalist by trade and spent many happy years editing magazines until people stopped buying them and she was forced to transfer her talents to a brave new digital world. Sara lives in the inner city with two small kids, a dog and a cat, and tries her darndest to live an ethical life.

Sara’s background as a journalist and editor includes lengthy stints on titles such as inside out, donna hay magazine and the Sunday Telegraph (no judgement!). She has freelanced for a plethora of brands including Body + Soul, Marie Claire, GQ and Qantas Insider. She has also worked client side in property, retail, fashion, beauty and food.

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