Is Vegan Fur Different To Faux Fur?
Music by: Rujay – Toxic. Image Credit: Stella McCartney.
It’s Daniela with CULTED.
As the climate crisis continues, many of us are looking to shop more sustainably when it comes to purchasing new fits. Brands are slowly switching to more sustainable products, and we’re also seeing more and more vegan items too. One thing we have noticed is the rise of vegan fur.
But what exactly is vegan fur? And is it not just the same as faux fur? Well, it turns out that there is no difference in the actual fur itself, they are both animal-free materials. But many brands use the term ‘vegan fur’ to boost sales and appear more ethical.
The only difference in terms of the actual clothing piece is that on faux fur items animal products may have been used elsewhere in the dying process or stitching, for example. But environmentally, one product may be better than the other. Traditionally faux fur is made from synthetic fibres which come from fossil fuels, and these fibres shed microplastics, which as you may have guessed aren’t that great for the environment.
Vegan fur on the other hand is bio-based. Although it doesn’t come from fossil fuels, certain types can also be difficult to biodegrade. And because many bio-based furs come from farm crops, the environmental issues that come from chemical pesticides and fertilisers, as well as high water use also factor in. So at the moment there is still work to be done in finding an ethically sound and environmentally friendly fur alternative.
Do you think we’ll get there?
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See also: THE GREAT FUR DEBATE