To document the many positive aspects of fur production, the international fur trade has drawn up a life cycle analysis (LCA). It compares the environmental impact of artificial fur (sold as "fake fur" or "faux fur") with real fur. This comparison documents that real fur is better for the environment than artificial fur. The LCA was prepared by DSS Management Consultants Inc. at the request of The International Fur Federation. It adheres to the ISO system and has undergone peer review, which is the scientific and impartial control of data, method and conclusion.
The overall conclusions of the LCA are:
- Real fur lasts for many years in contrast to plastic fur. As a consequence, more resources go into producing plastic fur that lasts as long as real fur.
- Real fur is often reused, a factor that triggers significant environmental advantages.
- Real fur is produced by feeding the animals with feed made from residual products, and this leads to more efficient resource utilisation.
- Fat and bodies from fur production can be used to produce biodiesel and fertiliser. This type of resource utilisation benefits the environment.
- Through a life cycle of 30 years, corresponding to the estimated lifetime of real fur, plastic fur consumes about 20% more non-renewable resources like oil and gas and triggers 17% higher emission of greenhouse gasses.
Fur from Kopenhagen Fur ensures a high ethical production standard, which also benefits the environment when real, rather than artificial, fur is chosen.