A new test certifies that synthetic fabrics, which aim to reproduce genuine fur, are not subject to biodegradation. Conversely, natural furs are. Such analysis, carried out by Organic Waste System, a Belgian laboratory based in Gand, highlighted that some materials, such as minks and chinchillas, are going to biodegrade even without oxygen, as rapidly as oak and willow leaves. That happens because of some microorganisms that exhaust carbon actually there. Conversely, synthetic fibers do not biodegrade; moreover, since they are more and more subtle and composed of micro plastics, they are extremely hazardous from an environmental point of view. International Fur Federation and Fur Europe sponsored the research project, whose results have been subsequently published by Fashion Magazine. “They promoted synthetic fur as a sustainable alternative option to genuine fur – announced Mark Oaten, chief executive officer of IFF, as reported by FM -, but the truth is that synthetic fur is highly polluting. There is no point in protecting only single animals if the environment where they live is wrecked”.