Day: October 3, 2022

The hidden costs of fur fashion: why fur doesn’t belong on the catwalk.

30 September 2022

Alternative materials that can keep us cosy abound these days. In general, faux fur can offer at least as good thermal insulation as the real stuff. And no chills of shame. The fur industry is of course as smart as the animals it exploits and it has hit on promoting real fur as a natural and sustainable product as opposed to “plastic fur”.

Fake news about faux fur

Hang on. If you take into account the whole life cycle of a fur product, from the breeding of the animals to the finishing of garments, fur production can be seen to be an intensely toxic and resource-consuming business. Again contrary to fur industry claims, the main reason real fur coats are thought to last longer is they haven’t been seen outside a wardrobe that often in recent decades. And even if they did stand up that well to daily use, this would be nowhere near long enough to compensate for the environmental impact. 

As well as constantly reminding consumers that faux fur is derived from fossil fuels, the industry has also focused on biodegradation. In fact, according to a study commissioned by the International Fur Federation and Fur Europe, the biodegradation of fur samples indicated that fur products were only partially biodegradable under test conditions. 

Moreover, evidence shows that fur farming has a devastating effect on biodiversity, being to blame for threats to some European native species. American mink and raccoon dogs – the main species reared for fur in Europe – are considered invasive alien species. 

Filthy business

Finally, major fashion houses are wising up to the fact that, far from the glamorous image of a model wearing nothing but a dash of exotic perfume under her furs, the reality of fur farming involves a far less attractive odour for local residents – to say nothing of the flies – and fur coats are becoming as likely to disgust their customers as turn them on. 

As we reported last month, many collections and entire fashion weeks are going fur-free. 

But only EU-level legislation for a Fur Free Europe, banning fur farming and farmed fur products on its markets, will keep fur off the catwalks.

Regards Mark

Check out our past fur posts:

England: My Breakfast Buddy – and More !.

I call him every morning when I go out to feed all the other birds. He arrives immediately, knowing that I have a little special starter of the day for him – ground up biscuits; a mass of different little birds seeds, Museli, bread and some little crushed other style biscuits.

We are mates and he usually comes to within about 20cm from me. He knows I will never hurt him; quite the opposite, and he can rely on me to get his belly filled up for a busy day. When I went out to put down some badger food tonight, he was having a final wash and scrub up in one of the trays we have filled with water.

No doubt I will see him again tomorrow and I hope to get more photos in the coming days, which I will publish.

This is NOT my video; but you can see little Robin here.

Here in the UK we are approaching Winter; and his bright red breast is a sure sign of this.

Here is the photo I took today – 3/10/22.

My breakfast club buddy taken in my garden this morning – Mark.

Video – everything you need to know about the Robin.

We get some great wildlife in the garden – but we do encourage them always with plenty of food.

Here is a badger which I photographed in the Summer, smiling as he knew I was takig his photo !

Sunday smile – photo Mark.

photo – Mark

Starlings enjoy a morning bath in one of our water trays – Mark

Foxes (Vulpines) are one of my best subjects – I love photographing them.

Foxy 1 – Mark

Foxy 2 – Mark.
Foxy 3 – Mark.

Fight the badger cull;

The ‘other’ side of Dr (of Astrophysics) Brian.

Regards and enjoy – Mark