Study Proves Fur is Not Green
To produce 1 kg of fur requires more than 11 animals. In the course of its lifetime, mink eat about 50 kg of feed, resulting in 563 kg of feed required per kg of fur…. Compared with textiles, fur has a higher impact per kg in 17 of the 18 environmental categories, including climate change, eutrophication and toxic emissions. In many cases, fur has impacts that are a factor 2 to 28 higher than textiles, even when lower-bound values are taken for various links in the production chain.
In addition to the sustainability claims, the website uses other key terms like “fair trade” “humane” “renewable resource” without any valid, third-party certifications to back up these terms. The marketing strategy employed in the “Fur is Green” website and Facebook Group attempted to soften the harsh reality of fur production, claiming that because fur is a natural material, it is therefore sustainable. The description on their Facebook page says, “The fur trade is tired of the lies and insults spread by self-appointed “animal-rights” groups; we’ve had enough of propaganda that slanders honest, hard-working people and misleads the public about the true ecological sense of using fur.”
Thankfully, the argument can be put to rest, officially. Fur is not green, and it’s still incredibly cruel and unnecessary.