Will the Queen's Guard Ditch Bearskin and Don Stella McCartney's Faux Fur Caps?


Stella McCartney's faux fur Queen's guard's cap. Credit: Paul Grover/ Telegraph

There's controversy in Queen's country: Currently, one bear is killed for every bearskin cap that the Queen's Guard's wear and Peta UK along with famed fashion designer Stella McCartney, are not happy. They, along with green designer Atom Cianfarani have developed a faux fur prototype that is currently undergoing a series of rigorous water-resistance tests by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Peta UK reports (via Ecorazzi):

A teddy bear wears a bearskin cap. Credit: ell brown, CC via flckr.
Is it time to modernize the British Guard's old bearskin caps?
To better understand the issue at large we look to Stella McCartney; She told the Telegraph that all bearskins are sourced from Canada where they are culled to keep the bear population under control. Further, The Telegraph provides historical context for the bearskin caps, below.

Bearskin hats have been worn since the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 where they were taken as a badge of honour by the Grenadier Guards when they defeated Napoleon's bearskin-wearing Imperial Guard.

Now on to the faux fur...
Fake fur is made with synthetic fibers, which are made from petrochemicals via a process of refining crude oil. So how green is it? Peta tells us, below.

It takes more than 60 times as much energy to produce a fur coat from ranch-raised animals than it does to produce a fake fur. Plus, the waste produced on fur farms poisons our waterways. And don't forget ... unlike faux fur, the "real thing" causes millions of animals to suffer every year.

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