When I was in¬†Russia, I bought a¬†hat made of¬†fox fur. It looks gorgeous! And¬†it is so warm that I am ready to¬†go to¬†Siberia or¬†Norway. I also thought¬†‚Äď it is natural fur, it might be great for¬†an¬†environment. Who cares if one animal is dead, it was so for¬†million years. And¬†also, the¬†fur is biodegradable. So everything is fine? It appeared that not.
I found an¬†article on¬†the¬†most famous Russian business media RBC (–†–Ď–ö):
The¬†fur becomes banned in¬†the¬†world. The¬†fashion houses¬†‚Äď Gucci, Prada, and¬†Chanel have rejected the¬†use of¬†fur. California banned the¬†production and¬†selling of¬†fur clothes. People decided that it is unethical: animals live in¬†bad conditions.
85% of¬†all fur is produced on¬†farms. Most of¬†the¬†time the¬†livestock consist of¬†foxes and¬†minks. People feed them with chicken giblets, or¬†fish giblets, that would have been thrown away anyway. The¬†CO2 emissions are produced due to¬†the¬†lifecycle of¬†animals.
The¬†other fur is got from wild animals. For¬†example, Canada Goose, the¬†brand that produces luxury jackets for¬†arctic temperatures, uses coyote fur. America gives permission to¬†kill wild animals to¬†control the¬†population.
Animal skins are cleaned, washed, dried, softened and¬†stretched. To¬†prevent fur things from spoiling and¬†decomposing, they are treated with special chemicals, usually formaldehyde or¬†chromium. So the¬†fur becomes germ-resistand and¬†can last longer. This is such a¬†dangerous process that the¬†experts of¬†the¬†World Bank have included fur dressing in¬†the¬†top five industries with the¬†highest level of¬†contamination with toxic metals.
Solvents that cause respiratory and¬†oncological diseases are used in¬†fur processing plants. These substances can get into the¬†soil and¬†water, so that all the¬†fish is getting dead and¬†the¬†soil becomes not¬†only unsuitable
for¬†farming, but¬†also the¬†‚Äúpoison‚ÄĚ gets to¬†the¬†subterranean water and¬†is consumed by¬†us.
The¬†problem of¬†the¬†fur is also with the¬†keeping of¬†it. To¬†make fur last longer, it should be kept in¬†a¬†cold place, with temperature of¬†1-7‚ÄČ¬įC. There are some businesses who keep the¬†fur in¬†fridges in¬†summer. The¬†other problem is the¬†biodegradability. First, fur can‚Äôt be recycled, only decomposed. But¬†there any only few places in¬†the¬†world where it can be decomposed.
Synthetic fur appeared at¬†the¬†beginning of¬†the¬†XX century as¬†a¬†more affordable replacement for¬†expensive natural fur. Acrylic or¬†modacrylic textile is usually used for¬†the¬†pile (nap on¬†cloth), and¬†it is fixed on¬†a¬†fabric basis. Acrylic polymers are made from chemicals derived from coal, air, water, oil and¬†limestone. Some companies, like House of¬†Fluff, uses recycled plastic.
The¬†problem with artificial fur is that it is not¬†biodegradable. However, there are some companies, like Ecopel, that uses corn and¬†recycled polyester.
In¬†my opinion, there synthetic fur is a¬†bullshit. It is like a¬†wooden wall in¬†a¬†house, that is actually made of¬†plastic, or¬†the¬†gypsum that looks like stone. There is no¬†need to¬†look like a¬†nature. The¬†synthetics must give us new forms of¬†clothing, new features. May be the¬†usage of¬†livestock is less ethical nowadays, but¬†at¬†least you get the¬†product of¬†nature, that does not¬†pretend to¬†be somewhat else.
I like one example: the¬†christmas tree. As¬†you know, you may either buy a¬†real tree or¬†to¬†buy the¬†artificial one. And¬†remember¬†‚Äď the¬†natural tree is always better! it has a¬†smell, it lives and¬†absorbs CO2. Moreover, the¬†pine tree consumes much less water, that the¬†artificial one. Interestingly, but¬†only if you keep the¬†plastic tree for¬†more than 24 years, there will be emitted less CO2, than when buying a¬†pine tree each year. I thought, that the¬†situation with fur is close the¬†pine trees, but¬†i was mistaken.
Natural vs. Synthetic fur
I have found a¬†paper of¬†Russian PhDs in¬†design, They compared the¬†influence of¬†natural and¬†synthetic fur on¬†the¬†environment during the¬†production. The¬†result was that the¬†artificial fur was better in¬†nearly every parameter, except water usage, where the¬†difference was tenfold.
Do you know that to¬†produce 1 fur coat, 11-13 minks should be killed. It is too much; moreover, you should give 50 kilograms of¬†food to¬†each animal, 550-650 kilograms of¬†food per¬†coat. And¬†also, they have to¬†drink an¬†extreme amount of¬†water. I would instead prefer buying the¬†minks and¬†keeping them safe in¬†my courtyard than just killing them. Do you want to¬†buy the¬†fur stuff now? The¬†best way to¬†save these animals is to¬†stop buying fur clothes.
I am not¬†an¬†expert of¬†the¬†fur industry, I have just shown 2 similar opinions and¬†wrote my thoughts about it. If you know more about this theme, please write your comment below.