From the photos above, can you tell the difference between our faux raccoon vest and the real thing?
For as long as history has told us, our ancestors used animal furs and pelts for clothing and textiles as a necessity to sustain life. The entire animal was used, not only its fur, to provide food, shelter and nourishment without an ounce going to waste. In these times, the killing of an animal was not a choice, it was essential, and this is exactly why millions of people today are turning their backs on the fur trade industry.
The great fur debate is split between two sides; The Pro-Faux Fur people who view corporate greed, unethical business practices and cruelty against animals as a choice against the Pro-Fur corporations who claim that their businesses are sustainable and ‘natural’.
Faux fur has been an alternative to animal fur for years, and over time it has evolved into the perfect substitute for fashion and other uses. As a cruelty-free and ethical product to use and wear, faux fur has taken the world by storm by alleviating peoples concern over animal rights and suffering.
To date, faux fur products have increasingly grown in popularity due to manufacturing advancements, which have improved their textures, leaving most people in awe when they realize your fur is faux.
As much as we love a great alternative, faux fur products resemble an issue of its own. Faux fur to date is made from non-biodegradable, synthetic materials like nylon, acrylic and polyester. Since these products do not decompose or break down, they can sit in landfills for years. Even though they may be viewed as ethical and cruelty free, faux fur products can be deemed unsustainable.
These types of fabric are also under scrutiny as research shows that these tiny plastic microfibers will shed during a laundry cycle. Whatever our laundry machine or wastewater treatment plants don’t filter out goes directly back into our oceans and ingested by aquatic animals. On average, synthetic style jackets release approximately 1,174 milligrams of microfibers when washed, leading to an increase in this problem.
One upon a time, the fur corporations were right – the killing of animals was necessary in order to sustain life, but we no longer live in the 1800’s and therefor their argument that we need fur is no longer valid.
Each year more than 40 million animals such as foxes, rabbits, racoons, minks, and sable are killed for their luxurious fur. About 85% of the fur industry’s skins come from factory farms, where they are bred and raised to live in tiny, filthy wire cages, jam packed with multiple animals. Unable to move more than a few steps, these animals go insane, and the frustration of their caged life leads them to self-mutilation and cannibalism. Until it’s their time to die, they live a life of immense pain.
In order to kill these helpless animals and not damage their beautiful coats, these fur farms will gas, poison, electrocute or snap their necks, which results in extreme suffering. We wont go into the details of these blatantly cruel killing methods, but a simple Youtube search is enough to make anyone sick. Once the animal is skinned, sometimes alive due to poor technique, their bodies are simply thrown out.
There are currently no federal humane slaughter laws to protect animals on fur farms and because the only thing fur farms care about is preserving the quality of the fur, they refuse to condemn their business practices.
Which do you choose?
To each their own, we have to be aware of all of our choices when buying faux fur or real.
Anti-fur advocates agree that synthetic materials are less than ideal, but in comparison to the environmental hazards in the fur manufacturing process alone; the CO2 emissions from housing and feeding tens of thousands of animals, manure runoff, and the use of formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals, is enough evidence that the alternative of using real fur is far worse. Along side the fact that it takes about 40 animals to make one real fur coat!
Both sides come with some compelling evidence along with an argument as to why the other is biased and flawed. For the regular consumer looking to buy a fur coat, it’s a lot of information to digest.
What you need to realize is where YOU stand in the argument; separate the issue of ethics and animal welfare from the issue of sustainability and the environment.
At FUREVER, we believe that the future of fashion is fur-free and that customers should be given cruelty-free alternatives that are still glamorous and affordable. Check out our Faux Fur Fabric Guide and Color Chart blog to learn the differences between our fur styles and colors so you can pick the perfect piece for your wardrobe!
We take pride in creating fashion that last FUREVER.