Faux fur bashing : We wrote to MP Mary Creagh
In an article published recently, MP Mary Creagh comes up with very harsh words for faux fur. Here are a few excerpts of our answer.
With due respect, your claims are incorrect in many ways and it is important for us to give you accurate information about faux fur.
Breaking a myth : A £ 9 300 faux fur coat is everything but fast fashion.
It is untrue to state that faux fur can not be recycled. Polyester is completely recyclable at the end of its life.
Secondly, faux fur mills are now offering faux fur made from recycled plastics which is eco-friendly.
An easy target
Faux fur is a niche : it represents less than 0,1 % of all the garments manufactured per year and a very limited fraction of synthetics created today.
Synthetics fibers have generally a lower impact when compared with animal-based fibers or cotton.
Faux fur is not more linked to fast fashion than any other textile and a 9 000£ faux fur coat from Gucci will certainly not end its life in a landfill. Faux fur is a luxury product.
faux fur is a luxury product
Faux fur is indeed a by-product of oil. This by-product nature demonstrates that it is not an environmental issue per se, as the oil is mainly used because 1,3 billion cars are on road as we speak.
“Real” fur should not be idealized : despite what the fur lobby is trying to spread in order to protect its business, studies show that the impact on climate change of a mink fur coat is 4 to 7 times bigger than that of a faux fur coat. Fur factory farming is linked to environmental issues : in Finland, one of the largest fur producer, this industry represents 10 % of ammonia emissions, a serious and underestimated issue according to a recent study published in the famous review Nature.
This environmental issue has to be taken seriously : ammonia emissions are still increasing and the EU is committed to achieving an overall reduction of 19% by 2030. Thus, the closing of all fur factory farms would lead to a fast reduction of ammonia in our atmosphere.
As you can see, there can be some unexpected, but tangible positive effects when a brand switch from real fur to faux.
Let's not forget that real furs are processed with petrochemicals products and dyes which are also man-made synthetics.