What is cupro? The sustainable answer to silk.

by Emir Imen on July 22, 2020

You've probably heard about vegan cheese and milk, even vegan leather. But, have you heard of vegan silk? Sustainable fashion has been sprouting up all sorts of new fabrics to replace animal-made and plastic-based materials. Cupro is one such innovation. It's silky. It's eco-friendly. And, it has zero animal by-products. 

So, what is cupro?

Cupro actually came from Japan way back in the 1800s. It's a regenerated cellulose fabric made from recycled cotton linter. Linter fibres are a by-product of cotton production and are usually thrown away. However, cupro is produced by dissolving these linter fibres into a solution of copper oxide which is then spun into new smooth fibres. 

silkworm cocoon

What's so great about cupro?

Traditional silk is produced by boiling silkworms inside their cocoons so that their outer casing can be unravelled for silk threads. Cupro is known as vegan silk because it's so soft and smooth, but it doesn't use silkworms. As far as fabrics go it's a bit of a trailblazer. Cupro is thermo-regulating, hypoallergenic, anti-static and super durable. It's a bit of a bionic material since it has the natural feel and drape of silk, but all the properties of synthetic fibres. Cupro is as eco-friendly as it is cruelty-free, that's because cupro uses the waste products of cotton production and is 100% biodegradable. 

Why should you be wearing cupro?

Cupro is a super-convenient fabric. It's really easy to wash compared to silk garments which need to be dry-cleaned. Cupro doesn't shed any plastic nasties in your washing machine which is great for you and great for the oceans. Perhaps, the greatest thing about cupro is that it's a pretty elegant fabric compared to other cellulose materials. The natural drape of cupro makes it a versatile and stylish choice for clothing



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