Children’s clothing and accessories have been getting a bad rap for years, but now that fur is getting even worse.
Here are six tips to keep an eye out for fake fur, according to research from University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Fake fur is on sale in children’s stores.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says it has received more than 100 reports of fake fur products being sold at retail stores.
A spokeswoman for the agency said that investigators have identified products that appear to be fake but contain ingredients that were actually made by a veterinarian, a medical technician, or animal behaviorist.
There’s fake fur everywhere.
In an effort to combat the spread of the fake trend, some clothing manufacturers are offering free samples of real fur for people to try on, said Lori Smith, vice president of marketing for the clothing giant Gap Inc. The company says it also offers free samples for pet owners.
The faux fur industry is getting bigger.
Companies like Fur Farm, Inc. of Tempe, Arizona, and Fur Farm International Inc. in Santa Fe, New Mexico, are now selling products with fake fur as well.
In 2014, Fur Farm made headlines when a group of researchers at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory reported that a product they tested was made with a fake fur fur, though they said they couldn’t verify that.
Fake-fur is everywhere.
The online marketplace Etsy sells a lot of faux fur, and in a video on its website, a woman says she bought a product for a boy with “hair that looked like it had been matted by dogs.”
It’s easier to fake fur.
“You can go to your local Target, Walmart, Walgreens, or Target and buy any item you want and they’ll say it’s real fur,” said Smith.
Fake furs are cheap.
“There’s no doubt that fake fur is a relatively cheap item,” Smith said.
“But it’s also a relatively inexpensive alternative to buying real fur.”