Real vs Faux Fur

Real Fur vs Faux Fur

When it comes to choosing between real or faux fur there are some differences to take into consideration.

Difference in Look

  • Real fur is more lustrous than faux fur
  • Natural fur colors cannot be mimicked by faux fur
  • It’s extremely difficult to replicate real fur’s variation in texture and color

Difference in Feel

  • Real fur will feel soft and run in a smooth straight line
  • Faux fur often feels coarser than real fur and can sometimes feel sticky in humid weather conditions
  • Regardless of advances in technology, faux fur will never be able to feel as luxurious as the real thing

Difference in Warmth

  • A faux fur coat may look similar in design to a real fur coat but there is no comparison when it comes to warmth and breathability
  • Genuine fur coats often have two linings, an outer lining consisting of a satin-type material and an inner lining with flannel or wool for added warmth
  • A real fur coat will keep you warm on the coldest of days, fur is the best insulator around
  • Faux fur coats usually don’t have one lining and they’re not nearly as warm as genuine fur
  • Faux fur is not naturally breathable like real fur

Real Fur is Eco-Friendly

Fur is a natural, renewable and sustainable resource. That means we only use part of what nature produces each year without depleting wildlife populations or damaging the natural habitat s that sustain them. The goal is to maintain long-term ecological balance.

In nature, each plant and animal species generally produces more offspring than the land can support to maturity. Like other species, we live by making use of part of this surplus that nature creates. We also have a responsibility to protect the wilderness areas that provide these valuable resources. Modern conservationists define this as the “sustainable use” of renewable resources.

Synthetics, by contrast, are generally made from petroleum (a non-renewable resource), which is NOT consistent with the sustainable use of our environment. The production, transportation and disposal of petrochemicals can cause environmental problems.

Worldwide, the fur industry is an excellent example of an industry based on sustainable use. All the furs used by the trade are abundant and absolutely no endangered species are used. This is assured by strict provincial/state, national and international regulations. In the Canadian fur trade, government wildlife officials and biologists ensure responsible use by establishing controlled hunting and trapping, harvest quotas, licensing, and training courses for trappers. Strict government regulations ensure that these quotas and seasons are respected.

Thanks to modern wildlife management and trapping regulations, there are as many beavers and muskrats in North America now as when the Europeans first arrived in the continent. Raccoons, coyotes and foxes are more abundant than ever.

Read our article about how fur is green for more information.

Reference: Fur is Green. Fur, A Renewable Resource. http://www.furisgreen.com/renewable.aspx