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Real Fur vs. Faux Fur

Real fur combines unparalleled comfort and warmth with an enduring sense of luxury. Faux fur cannot match the warmth, feel or allure of natural fur. Not only is genuine fur a superior material in essentially every way, it’s also much better on the environment. Here is a comparison of the key characteristics of each material:

Natural Fur and Faux Fur Comparison

Natural vs Faux
Advantage: Natural Fur

Real fur offers a tremendous level of warmth due to its superior heat retention. Long guard hair combined with exceptionally dense underfur work as a natural insulator, preventing heat from escaping. This same property allows a real fur product to cut through high velocity winds. Faux fur simply cannot duplicate this inherent characteristic.
Advantage: Natural Fur

Genuine fur comes in a broad range of natural textures. Sheared beaver or mink are amazingly soft, while a full length beaver or coyote have a tougher exterior. With this variation in finish, you can find a texture that you’ll love. Even the softest faux fur that you’ll find tends to be coarser to the touch, it has an unnatural grainy quality that can’t be avoided.
Advantage: Natural Fur

The appeal of real fur is unmatched, despite how hard some try. With real fur you have the choice between spectacular unaltered colors developed by nature or dyed fur that simply could not be produced through natural means. Faux fur can be dyed many colors, but cannot be produced in the inimitable colorways and patterns of natural, undyed fur. The stunningly full texture of genuine fur is a thing of beauty in itself that cannot be replicated. The density of genuine fur is utterly jaw dropping: a beaver has more than 10,000 hairs per square cm, while a chinchilla has upwards of 20,000 per square cm.
Environmental Impact
Advantage: Natural Fur

Fur is a natural, renewable and sustainable resource that is much more eco-friendly than synthetic furs. It’s an organic material so it’s biodegradable, unlike synthetic furs that are made with petrochemicals. It takes 3 times as much energy to produce synthetic fur than natural fur. So fake furs, like other plastics and synthetics, don’t break down and will remain in landfills for centuries. Fur is a renewable resource in the sense that the industry uses only part of what nature produces without depleting wildlife populations. Also, the goal is not to damage the natural habitat that supports the animals.