Being Green

Fur Is A Renewable Resource
Information provided by furisgreen.com.

Why choose fur over synthetic replicas? The process to make synthetics involves the use of petroleum, which is not consistent with sustainable practices.


Furs used are not from endangered species

Wild furs, on the other hand, such as beaver, muskrat, marten and badgers, are a renewable source. As designated by strict national and international regulations, the fur industry in Canada only uses fur from animals whose populations are in a healthy abundance.

Wild furs are endorsed as a “sustainable use of renewable resources” by World Wildlife Fund and World Conservation Union. Furs are also naturally resilient and long lasting, unlike many other “fast fashion” pieces. They also can be taken apart and restyled, lengthening their lifespan, and are biodegradable.


Everything is used

Nothing from the animal is wasted. The meat is either eaten by the families of the trappers, or in some cases, other animals. Other parts of the animal are also used for fine oils for skin care, waterproofing leather, organic fertilizer and other products.


Humane

The Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards, partnered with the Fur Institute of Canada, Agriculture Canada, and animal welfare agencies to ensure that there are strict regulations for farm-raised animals. This is to ensure there are optimal standards for nutrition, housing, husbandry and euthanasia. These farmers respect these because there is no other way to produce high quality furs. They wouldn’t stay in business very long if they didn’t.

In the wild, overpopulations of animals are often subjected to disease and starvation. Trappers using modern methods can help to maintain more healthy and stable populations. Environment Canada and the international fur industry have contributed $13 million into refining humane trapping methods.


Supporting Local Business

When you buy fur you are supporting the livelihoods of many aboriginal and other peoples. Approximately 65,000 Canadians are involved in the fur trade – these are people who live off the land and have a vested interest to ensure populations are healthy and well. The fur industry contributes $800 million to the Canadian economy.

>