Animal fur has been used as a fashion commodity for years, yet the style tends to be reserved for high-paying customers. Fur products are beautiful, but they’re expensive, hard to clean, and cruel to animals. If you’ve been thinking about investing in fur, you need to do a lot of research to make sure that you know exactly what you’re getting. If you already own animal fur products, you know what we mean.
If you’re considering buying fur, faux fur might be a better option. When you chose the right designer, faux fur doesn’t look fake or cheap. In fact, over time, it’s just the opposite. Faux fur can withstand the test of time without investing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the process.
While fur has spent a fair amount of time dominating the fashion spotlight, the benefits for choosing faux fur over animal fur are immeasurable.
- No Animals Are Harmed in the Process
- Faux Fur is More Durable
- Cleaning and Care for Faux Fur is Easier
- Storing Faux Fur is Simple
- Faux Fur Trends are on the Rise
In a world that’s becoming more conscious of how our actions affect the environment and the animals we coexist with; faux fur gives you a cruelty-free alternative to fashion and comfort. Faux fur uses zero animal products and is instead constructed with luxurious materials that are soft to touch and just as comfortable as the real deal. You’ll have absolutely no guilt when buying faux fur products since no animals were harmed in the process.
Since it usually takes about 150-300 chinchillas, 200-250 squirrels, 50-60 minks, or 15-40 foxes to make one fur coat—depending on the animal and fur content—faux fur will help you do your part in saving our planet.1 While some people don’t consider this when buying fur, it’s worth discussing. Many people who purchase fur products have no idea how many animals it takes to make their coat, scarf, or blanket. However, it’s estimated that between 40-60 million animals are killed every year just for the production of fur products.1 These statistics aren’t meant to make you feel guilty for wearing animal fur, but rather to make sure that everyone knows the truth of the industry. Luckily, you can get the same high-quality products without the animal cruelty.
2. Faux Fur is More Durable
Faux fur is also far more durable than animal fur. When compared to animal fur, faux fur will stay in great condition for years. When properly cared for, you won’t even be able to tell that you’ve had it for 20+ years. On the other hand, animal fur tends to change as the years pass. Real animal fur will fade over time. If the original fur was dyed, the deterioration tends to happen much faster. It also has a high possibility of changing color in as little as one year.2 The more you wear animal fur, the faster that it declines in beauty.
With faux fur, you’ll enjoy your piece for years without noticing a difference in appearance. The durability of faux fur is so high that you could essentially wear your piece every day for years without noticing a change in appearance or comfort. When faux fur products are made well, they’re more resilient and durable. Just make sure that you choose a supplier that focuses on producing high-quality products.
3. Cleaning and Care for Faux Fur is Easier
Animal fur requires almost constant care to keep it from changing color or going bad. You need to get it professional cleaned, which can add up in costs. The more you have to clean animal fur, the more you’re at risk for shedding, which can make a coat or scarf lose its appeal very quickly. What’s worse is that every product requires different care with complicated instructions that can leave you feeling flustered. You cannot wash animal fur in your washing machine at home—you have to get it professionally dry cleaned. While some people use professional dry cleaners regularly, not all facilities are well versed in how to properly handle animal fur products. This could lead to a very expensive mistake.
High-quality faux fur products are usually machine washable with a few instructions. This means washing them on delicate with no heat and drying on delicate with no heat, both of which you can do on any standard washing machine and dryer. You can also hang your faux fur to dry to avoid any added pressure of the dryer. If you want to take extra care of your faux fur, you can have it dry cleaned as well. Faux fur can also easily be spot cleaned if things get spilled on your coat, scarf, blanket, or other product.
4. Storing Faux Fur is Simple
To keep your animal fur in the best condition possible for as long as possible, you’ll need to store it in climate-controlled storage units during hot or humid months to avoid any damage. If you don’t store animal fur properly, it’ll succumb to damages from moths, fluctuating temperatures, and humidity.2 If you’re not already using a climate-controlled storage unit, this is an added yearly expense that will add up over time.
When it comes to storing faux fur, the process is much simpler. You can store your faux fur products with your other cold-weather accessories in a place that’s cool and dry during hot months. Small temperature fluctuations aren’t going to ruin faux fur products. All you have to do is put it away in your closet until you’re ready to use it again.
5. Faux Fur Trends are on the Rise
While animal fur has been a chic fashion statement for years, faux fur trends are on the rise. There are so many different types of jackets, coats, scarves, and blankets available in faux fur—many of which are customizable. There are also a wider range of colors of faux fur than animal fur due to the lack of restriction of natural colors. The increase in options means you can confidently wear any style of faux fur in any color that you desire. Because of all of the benefits of faux fur, even designers are starting to use it in their showcase. As time moves on, we should expect to see a huge rise in faux fur and a major decline in animal fur. Even if you’re an avid fur-wearer, give faux fur a try—it might surprise you.
If you’re ready to see why faux fur is better than animal fur, head to our product selection at Pretty Rugged Gear today. At Pretty Rugged Gear, we’re proud of our fake fur products that were born out of a simple idea in a very special place. Our products are beautiful, functional, and provide you with all of the benefits we’ve discussed above. We carry a wide variety of products include our original fake fur blankets, vests, capelets, scarves, totes, and more. If you’re interested in learning more about Pretty Rugged gear, you can read our story here.
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