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The REAL Cost of Faux Fur

In an era when “organic”, “sustainable” and “renewable” dominate the consumer lexicon it is quite ironic that those who purport to be eco-friendly or “socially conscious” would promote “faux fur” products. When it comes to fur, the rush to faux is especially concerning.

Real Fur vs. faux fur

Faux Fur’s REAL Costs

We certainly respect everyone’s right to their own opinion and we don’t mean to disparage those who choose to wear faux fur. After all, it’s a personal choice as both a real fur and a faux fur designer noted in a recent Vogue article debating the subject . And we have to admit, there are some great looking faux fur options out there this season.

Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2017 Faux fur

Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2017

Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2017 Faux fur

Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2017

Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2017 Faux fur

Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2017

Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2017 Faux fur

Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2017

Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2017 Faux fur

Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2017

Shrimps RTW Fall 20117 Faux fur

Shrimps RTW Fall 20117

Shrimps RTW Fall 20117 Faux fur

Shrimps RTW Fall 20117

Shrimps RTW Fall 20117 Faux fur

Shrimps RTW Fall 20117

Shrimps RTW Fall 20117 Faux fur

Shrimps RTW Fall 20117

Shrimps RTW Fall 20117 Faux fur

Shrimps RTW Fall 20117

Shrimps RTW Fall 20117 Faux fur

Shrimps RTW Fall 20117

Shrimps RTW Fall 20117 Faux fur

Shrimps RTW Fall 20117

Marc Jacobs RTW Fall 2017 Faux fur

Marc Jacobs RTW Fall 2017

Marc Jacobs Resort Fall 2017 Faux fur

Marc Jacobs Resort Fall 2017 Faux fur

But when it comes to making environmentally responsible choices faux fur may not be all it’s cracked up to be. To start with, you have to consider the impact on the environment from the production, processing and disposal of faux fur vs real fur. The nylon, acrylic and polyester that make up faux fur is manufactured from non-renewable petroleum and these synthetic fibers take a really long time to break down. And when they do break down, scientists find they are actually poisoning our marine life. 

Real fur, on the other hand, is a natural, renewable and sustainable resource. With local, national and international regulations in place the fur industry makes use of available resources without depleting wildlife species or depleting the environment. The international fur industry does not trade in endangered species and all fur types used by the trade come from species that are abundant. And real fur is durable, reusable and recyclable.

Faux fur vs. real fur

Real fur, on the other hand, is a natural, renewable and sustainable resource.

Real fur vs. faux fur Alexander McQueen RTW Fall 2017

Alexander McQueen RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Alexander McQueen RTW Fall 2017

Alexander McQueen RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Andrew GN RTW Fall 2017

Andrew GN RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Balenciaga RTW Fall 2017

Balenciaga RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Balmain RTW Fall 2017

Balmain RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Chloe RTW Fall 2017

Chloe RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Chloe RTW Fall 2017

Chloe RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Helen Yarmak RTW Fall 2017

Helen Yarmak Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Helen Yarmak RTW Fall 2017

Helen Yarmak RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Helen Yarmak RTW Fall 2017

Helen Yarmak RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Helen Yarmak RTW Fall 2017

Helen Yarmak RTW Fall 2017

Today’s farm-raised mink are among the world’s best cared-for livestock. They have to be. Good nutrition, comfortable housing and prompt veterinary care is absolutely essential for rich, lustrous, healthy fur. And if a farmer isn’t producing healthy animals, he goes out of business pretty quickly. That’s just common sense. National codes of practice and operating guidelines provide further assurance that farmed fur bearing animals are well cared for. In addition, mink farmers voluntarily adhere to stricter codes of animal husbandry to participate in farm certification programs. And did you know that these farmed mink consume mountains of food waste each year, making these farms net pollution consumers?

Faux fur vs. real fur

Today’s farm-raised mink are among the world’s best cared-for livestock.

On the wild fur side, there are some pretty strong reasons that point to why fur is an appropriate choice for the eco-minded consumer . Now let’s look at production. Unlike mass-produced faux fur apparel, real fur garments are produced by hand, requiring the artistry and skilled handiwork of talented craftsmen. The amount of energy and fossil fuel required for fabrication is relatively low when compared to large, automated factories.

Real fur vs. faux fur

Wild red fox is cut and then stiched in order to achieve the right shapes for the design of the coat or trim pieces.

Real fur vs. faux fur

Producing a natural fur garment is a job of artisanal talents

Real fur vs. faux fur Adrienne Landau RTW Fall 2017

Adrienne Landau RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Altuzarra RTW Fall 2017

Altuzarra RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Altuzarra RTW Fall 2017

Altuzarra RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Bibhu Mohapatra RTW Fall 2017

Bibhu Mohapatra RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Bibhu Mohapatra RTW Fall 2017

Bibhu Mohapatra RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Brandon Maxwell RTW Fall 2017

Brandon Maxwell RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Coach 1941 RTW Fall 2017

Coach 1941 RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur J. Mendel RTW Fall 2017

J. Mendel RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Michael Kors Collection RTW Fall 2017

Michael Kors Collection RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Dennis Basso RTW Fall 2017

Dennis Basso RTW Fall 2017

Real fur vs. faux fur Dennis Basso RTW Fall 2017

Dennis Basso RTW Fall 2017

And, let’s not forget that the fur trade supports land-based cultures and local indigenous populations contributing to environmental conservation. Without the ability to trap or hunt these indigenous people would be forced to turn to other activities for their livelihoods, opening up their territories to mining, oil drilling or other interests.

let’s not forget that the fur trade supports land-based cultures and local indigenous populations contributing to environmental conservation that would be hurt by faux fur

let’s not forget that the fur trade supports land-based cultures and local indigenous populations contributing to environmental conservation that would be hurt by faux fur

Let’s not forget that the fur trade supports land-based cultures and local indigenous populations contributing to environmental conservation.

So, with all the noise about faux fur of late, if you find yourself in a bit of an ethical dilemma asking yourself if faux fur really is the ethical, eco-friendly alternative you’re not alone. And on closer examination, one can make a pretty strong case for real fur. So, with all the fantastic fur fashion hitting the stores for fall 2017 we say go ahead….why fake it?