In a world where the environmental question is becoming crucial, it is important for us to make clear and honnest information available to the fashion industry regarding the impact of faux fur on the planet in order to make informed decisions. ECOPEL wishes to have a pragmatic view on the question in order to be part of the discussion about the environmental question.
Faux fur is a synthetic not different than any other types of synthetics used to make clothes such as technical garments, tracksuits or teddy bears.
However, the production of synthetics is still essential today and remains a crucial element of our modern lifestyle. Yet, it does not necessarily mean that synthetics are produced irresponsibly.
ECOPEL sources its highest quality fiber from Japan where it is manufactured in line with local highest standards. The fabric is then transformed into faux fur in our mills in China. There, the quality control is taken seriously : it is made by hand and eyes in order to insure the best quality of the faux fur.
The most important strength of faux fur is its life-saving power.
Faux fur protects millions of animals : when a brand switch from real fur to faux, it has the very tangible effect to save a large number of sensitive creatures. As a result faux fur is the ultimate life-friendly fabric.
Faux fur is an easy way to reduce the fashion industry’s reliance on animal-derived fabrics especially in view of one of the most controversial practices linked to the fahion industry : intensive farming.
Fur factory farming has already been banned in 10 countries and has been frequently exposed by various NGOs investigations in the last 3 decades.
Regarding the impact of faux fur, a consistent body of evidence suggests that despite rumours, faux fur is far from being an environmental issue.
Few years ago, two reports issued by the eco experts of the Ce Delft found that 5 faux fur coats have significantly less impact on climate change then that of one mink fur coat.
CE Delft Reports can be found here :
Indeed, it takes at least 4 times more energy to produce a real fur coat than a faux fur coat. The making of one mink fur coat emits 7 times more CO2 than the making of one faux fur coat.
The HIGG Material Sustainability Index which scores textiles based on their environmental costs of production showed that synthetics have a less negative impact than other types of fabrics.
It will be washed once a year therefore its impact can not be compared to that of other synthetics washed every weeks. In addition to that : a faux fur coat will have to be washed at very low temperature (less than 30°) thus minimizing the release of microfibers in the water.
A faux fur coat at the end of its life can be repurposed in other items or given to a local shelter where it can be used to keep injured animals comforted and warm.
Synthetic waste can be upgraded into new sources of energy like industrial gaz or fuel.
The image of faux fur is extremely positive. In using faux fur, a fashion brand send to the world the wonderful signal that it is possible to maintain a high level of creativity while being responsible.
ECOPEL is a global faux fur textile and apparel manufacturer that straddles from fabric to garments with a vertically integrated supply chain and sales offices servicing markets all around the world.
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