What Does Faux Fur Do To Our Environment?
Faux fur is typically made from synthetic polymeric (plastic) fibers such as acrylic and polyester which is actually plastic. These fibers are made of chemicals derived from coal, air, water, petroleum and limestone. As we all know, plastic isn’t so great for the environment.
Plastic is extremely damaging to the world’s wildlife. According to The Ocean Conservancy, plastic has been found inside more than 60 percent of seabirds and 100 percent of sea turtle species who think it’s food.
Mark Oaten, CEO of the International Fur Federation said: “Fake fur has been promoted as the sustainable alternative to natural fur, but in reality, it is highly polluting. An ethic concerned with the protection of individual animals is pointless if the ecosystem where the animals live is destroyed”. “Brands like Gucci and Versace should think again about ending their use of fur – if they really care about sustainability they should read this study – it clearly shows that natural fur is less harmful than fake when it comes to landfill.