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I thought faux fur was good, but I was wrong

I thought faux fur was good, but I was wrong
Wednesday 17, 2016


My name is Julie, I am a French intern at Furbazaar. Last weekend a lot of things happened, I went to a party by myself, so that I could meet people and learn more about the city. Obviously, people were asking me: “Hey what hare you doing here in Denmark?” I answered “I’m here as an intern in an e-commerce of a fur company.” The guy I was talking to instantly changed is attitude towards me and I had to explain myself and explain that it’s not a problem to work in a fur company as long as I know how the animals are treated and where the fur comes from.

He asked me so many questions and at the end of the conversation, he changed his opinion. He said to me: “Ok, I would like to trust you but I want facts. There is an alternative to wearing fur, this is the year 2016 after all.” And I provided him with a lot of information on real fur and faux fur. Finally he said: “Ok, I will take a look on the website and see what you do.”

I used to wear Faux Fur, then I discovered the facts and I chose to wear real fur instead of the fake one. Our beautiful earth is threatened everyday, each minute, each second, by a lot of chemicals and if there something we can do in order to slow down this process, and that is to stop wearing faux fur. Real fur will never use endangered species whereas faux fur does (petroleum is a non renewable resource). Our future generations will suffer from this really soon if we don’t do anything.

If I can change one guy's opinion, then why not try to bring some facts to others as well. It's a daily challenge.


  1. Fur is a natural, sustainable, renewable resource.
    Fur is part of nature and the fur industry is an excellent model based on sustainable use. With fashion changing all the time, you can remodel your fur products to make other products. This way a fur coat or jacket will never be out of style and can stay functional and beautiful for many, many years. The fur process is sustainable, environment friendly, and ensures that no harmful chemicals are used. The fur industry is entirely transparent and the products used in the processes involved in creating a fur coat and other fur products are salt, water, alum, sawdust, cornstarch, lanolin and other natural ingredients. A major focus is set on the quality and in order to maintain a high standard only the best ingredients are used.
  2. It biodegrades naturally within 6 months to a year.
    Old fur apparel can even be composted in the garden The dressing process (tanning) helps to preserve the pelts for a long time, but after many years of use, as it’s a natural product, it will start to dry out and begin to biodegrade, and return to nature.


  • The Fur industry has done much progress, such as animal welfare, regulations and environment control.
    In 1985, the industry introduced a new set of guidelines for fur animal welfare. Danish and international research has been focussing highly on the welfare of fur animals and in 1999, such research formed the basis of a European set of rules to protect fur animals. But the improvements did not stop there, as new Danish research results have been included and incorporated into the daily life of fur animals from 2007, and new scientific findings are incorporated into the Danish rules and guidelines to this day. All in all the rules that are introduced and practised in Denmark are much stricter than the international rules on the prevention of animal cruelty. And these strict rules show their effect in Danish mink farms: annual statutory visits, a routine inspection to identify any health or welfare issues on the farm, plus all Danish farm have to be prepared for unannounced inspections at any time and must be open for visitors.. The Danish veterinary and food administration conducts regular inspections of farms to ensure animal welfare. Research in mink welfare is performed by scientists from the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University. And then there is the Welfare Quality Project : It certifies animal welfare at each farm and at the same time gives the individual farmer a tool to identify any welfare problems that might pop up and establishes tool to measure animal welfare and how to improve upon it. Kopenhagen Fur provides a certificate to each animal, showing which farm it comes from and certifying the farm's legal operation and legal controls. Part of that is also the cooperation of the fur industry with activists to denounce farmers that don't follow the sets of rules and operate unethically because every animal deserves to be treated respectfully. All other animals are treated with respect, their pelts are sold at Kopenhagen Fur's large auction house and everything is controlled. If they discover a pelt that is in breach of rules, the auction house does not take it.
  • Nothing is wasted!
    100 % of the animal is used. On the one hand that is done for sustainability: Reducing waste is a main focus in order to live and work more sustainably. On the other hand nothing is wasted out of respect for the animal. In our society animal products are used every day: for meat, cosmetics and bio diesel. Ensuring that all of the animal is used and to find new ways of reducing waste is a major focus of the fur industry.

    1. Faux Fur is made of petroleum, a non renewable resource.
      Faux Fur is made of petrochemicals, nylon and polyester. These materials are treated with high heat and with chemicals in order to improve the aesthetic. Polyester is a polymer, or a long chain of repeating molecular units. The most common variety is polyethylene terephthalate (or PET), a plastic derived from crude oil that’s used to make soda and ketchup bottles. Polyester and nylon are oil-based products and oil is a natural resource that will run out one day in the near future and its use should be controlled today for the sake of tomorrow. Because of the huge dependence on oil, this could lead to an ecological disaster. Some chemicals used in the dying of polyester for the fashion market are also known to be highly poisonous. According to the environmentalists, it's a dangerous and unnecessary risk to take when nature provides wool, fur and leather as renewable resource. To produce 3 jackets, an estimated four litres of oil is used. According to the Rutland Report “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
    2. It takes more than 1000 years to decompose.
      Because Faux Fur is made from petrochemicals, Faux Fur is not recyclable. Fashion changes all the time, so it can end up in landfill sites just like petroleum-based plastic bags. If Faux Fur is incinerated, it could release all sorts of toxics from the plastic and dyes into the air. It’s a big risk of the environment.
    3. The process uses 3 times as much non renewable energy as Real Fur.
      Polyester requires a lot of energy, which means burning fuel for power and a significant contribution to climate change. A kilo of nylon needs 3 times the energy required for a kilo of cotton, for example.
    4. When Faux Fur is washed, many tiny plastic particles are released into our water system.
      Polyester and nylon are responsible for large scale factory pollution of waterways, rivers, canals and even the sea. The petroleum industry accounts for the direct death of millions upon millions of living beings each year, from birds and sea mammals to the tiny microscopic beings that make up the backbone of the oceans' ecosystems.


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