Faux fur appears to be the more ethical choice for many shoppers because no animals are harmed in its production. However, is it truly a sustainable fashion choice compared to the real deal? Sustainability has become an important topic in the fashion industry in the past couple of years. Given that fast fashion has a major environmental impact through pollution and waste, naturally, there is the need to know whether certain materials are sustainable or not.
Fur kills animals, faux fur kills the environment
Real fur is a natural, sustainable product delivering rare benefits in sustaining fragile habitats and communities. It is completely biodegradable and if no chemicals have been used in the process of making it, then it’s a sustainable option as well. It consists mainly of salt, water and a chemical compound called alum. This contrasts with most ‘fake’ fur, which is manufactured from non-renewable petroleum-based products. Fake fur is mostly made from nylon and polyester, which are the main culprits for shedding microfibres.
The environmental impact of real fur is much less than it is for the fur alternative – faux fur or for other synthetic materials like polyester.
Fur has been used since the beginning of humanity and it is one of the first clothing items humans had. Most of the fur used today comes from abundant wildlife populations, so these animals are not at risk of extinction. There are numerous international regulations in place to ensure that fur is only taken from certain animals and sourced ethically.
"Natural fur can be absorbed back into nature’s own cycle through biodegradation. Unlike synthetic fashion materials, fur will not clog landfills or break down to microplastics but rather enter back into nature’s own cycle. Old fur apparel can even be composted for your garden." - explains Andrea Martin from the British Fur Trade Association to The Ovetake.
In addition, fur coats often last for years and become softer over time, creating less waste and lending itself for slow fashion and a cleaner environment.
Is using fur ethical?
The question of whether using fur is ethical or not depends a lot on personal beliefs. At Tutussie, we do our best to cater to everyone and offer fur options as well as non-fur options.
Use of fur adheres to strict regulations that oblige fur manufacturers to cause as little suffering to animals as possible and modern fur trade takes these regulations seriously. However, the use of fur has been under attack and some brands have announced that they will no longer be using fur.
Even though using fur is a sustainable fashion choice, the choice about whether it is ethical or not to wear fur, is a very personal one. Because of this, we offer items made of many different materials to make sure all customers find the right piece for themselves.
At Tutussie, we only use sustainable biodegradable materials and all of our furs are organic and ethically-sourced using only little to no toxins in the production process. We also remanufacture various fur pieces and surplus material to minimise waste even further. Our goal is to make items that are investment pieces and can last for a lifetime leading to less waste overall.
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