Faux Fur Checks

There’s absolutely nothing glamorous about wearing fur, why would anybody other than a complete psycho want to wear the skin of another creature on their body?

The only creature that need to wear fur is the animal it belongs to in the first place.

Faux fur however, looks great and I for one love it!

I’ve heard it said before that wearing faux fur promotes the wearing of real fur, what rubbish.

Granted that with farmed fur from China being imported and illegally and falsely being labelled and mis sold as faux, you have to be careful and it’s this cruel trade that needs to be stopped.

There are ways to check that the fur you’re buying is definitely faux and if it is and only polyester was harmed in the making of a garment then I see no reason why it can’t be worn.

Of course, if you have any doubts when shopping, it goes without saying, avoid.

To check your fur is faux:

Look at the tips

The tips of the hairs in real fur taper and have pointed ends, whereas the hairs on faux fur are blunt where they have been cut in the manufacturing process.

Look at the base

Part the hair to see how it is attached. Animal fur has a leathery backing because it’s attached to the animal’s skin, but faux fur will have a material woven backing.

Hairs on real fur will also be different lengths, while faux fur tends to be more uniform.

Burn it

I wouldn’t recommend you do this in a shop, but you could do it on something you already own. Trim a few hairs and set fire to them (safely). Real animal fur singes and smells like burning hair, faux fur melts and will probably smell like burning plastic, also when it cools, it will be hard and plasticky.

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