A bright future is at hand for the faux fur sector
From both an economic and ecological perspective, a brighter future is at hand for the faux fur sector. All lights are green. That is the lesson to be learned after the reading of several informative articles recently posted and recent events like Gucci’s decision to go fur free.
A dynamic sector
According to the Business Of Fashion, the faux fur market has grown 2 percent from 2012 to 2016 and is now worth $ 114,6 million, in the US only.
It means that figure is much bigger at a global level even though no official datas are available. Two of the faux fur manufacturers working with us already confirmed a 10% increase in demand for two consecutive years, while Zoé from Wintai Textile Mill LTD of China confirmed a 5% increase comparing to the previous year.
The faux fur sector is booming but it’s more competitive
However, the most important step to be done in order to secure a brighter future for the faux fur sector will be to become creative this time from an ecological perspective. It is documented a mink fur coat will always have a higher negative impact on climate change than faux fur but we can not just content ourselves about this. We need a more global vision. The great article “Waste Collection : a new frontier for the fashion industry”posted on Forbes’s website provides us with precious information and ideas.
For the European brand C&A, polyester accounts for 21% of the material it uses in its clothing, so the company aims to replace virgin polyester made from petroleum with polyester from certified recycled sources
Introducing the future
The ultra eco-friendly label Hood Lamb has created its own type of fur. Satifur is a sustainable and innovative faux fur made using certified organic hemp, PET and acrylic fibers. PET is a fabric made from recycled bottles. The plastic is cleaned and melted down before it is stretched into a fine thread. It is then woven into a soft durable beautiful fabric, Say Charlie and Mary on a blog post.
Faux fur from stem cells
We are also reading on Vogue’s website an incredible unexpected news : A start-up is growing fur from stem-cells, while last year we posted that video about a 3D printed hair.
We should investigate on the possibility to create faux fur from algae oil, based on the same model of those incredible surfboards entirely made from algae oil. The concept is simple after all : isn’t petroleum nothing but a very old type of algae oil ?
So wether it’s faux fur from recycled bottles, from algae or even from stem cells, new technologies and innovation will generate new ways to get faux fur.