Is Fur Eco Friendly? We Look at Both Sides

By Jody McCutcheon “Fur is an ecological nightmare. The fur industry has been identified as a major polluter by government agencies around the world.” “Real fur garments are much less polluting to manufacture than synthetic faux furs, which are made with some of the most toxic chemicals known…” Thus goes the back-and-forth between pro- and anti-fur camps, about which is more eco-friendly, fur or faux. The above quotes also hint at an answer: trick question. The first, unsurprisingly, belongs to Ingrid Newkirk, president and co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), famous for their paint-throwing escapes at fashion weeks and “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” campaigns, featuring the likes of Cindy Crawford (who has since actually modelled for prominent fur company Blackglama). The second quote is more a defence disguised as attack. Interestingly, it comes not from the fur industry, per se, but from IWMC World Conservation Trust president Eugene Lapointe. Does the IWMC have a vested interest in fur, or is Mr Lapointe simply stating what the IWMC believes to be true? Sometimes it’s tough to tease fact from rhetoric. So…is fur eco friendly? Here’s what we know: Fur is a renewable resource. Faux … Continue reading Is Fur Eco Friendly? We Look at Both Sides