OUR COMMITEMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY
FUR IS A SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE
There are two types of fur used today: wild-sourced and farm-raised.
The most important North American furbearers (beaver, muskrat, marten, coyote, fox, raccoon) are more abundant today than they have ever been. In fact, furbearer populations would have to be controlled in many regions even if we did not use the fur, to prevent the spread of disease or to protect livestock, property, other species and natural habitats. Modern trapping methods have been refined by more than 30 years of research and must comply with the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (in Canada) and Best Practices (in the US). Wild furs are, in fact, the ultimate free-range, organic and (for North Americans) locally-sourced clothing material. By contrast, most synthetic materials are made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource.
Globally, most fur is now produced on farms. Mink and fox are the most commonly farmed furbearers. As carnivores, they are fed left-overs from our own food-production, (parts of cows, chickens, and fish that we don’t eat). Farmed fur animals recycle these “wastes” from our food-production system into biodegradable clothing material, while their manure, carcasses and straw bedding are used to produce biofuels or organic fertilizers, completing the nutrient cycle. And fur farms can thrive in regions where the soil is too poor or the climate too harsh for most other agriculture.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY & BIODEGRADABLE
The production of fur garments is one of the most benign sectors of the clothing industry today in terms of environmental impact. In fur dressing, relatively mild chemicals are used because the hairs must be protected. The main materials used to dress fur pelts are either organic or naturally occurring compounds. And unlike other clothing materials, furs are often valued for their natural colours, reducing the need for bleaches and dyes.
By contrast, fake fur and other synthetics are generally made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. Fake furs and other petroleum-based synthetics do not biodegrade like real fur.
A well-made mink or beaver coat can be worn for thirty or more years. Fur apparel is often passed down to daughters or grand-daughters. It can be worn “vintage”, or taken apart and completely restyled. And after many decades of use, fur will ultimately biodegrade, returning to the soil.
MORRIS FURS & FURB UPCYCLED
We are the largest Canadian reseller of handcrafted sustainable pieces by FURB Montréal. “FURB is dedicated to re-purposing garments into refined fashion and home accessories. Backed by a team of highly experienced craftspeople, FURB works to upcycle valuable, responsible and sustainable fabric in the spirit of shaping a thoughtful, ethical future.”
Our large selection of vintage furs have been professionally cleaned and restored. By keeping these furs in circulation we are helping to reduce the unnecessary waste created by the fashion industry. Any fur garments that have reached the end of their life and cannot be restored are recycled and used to create or repair other fur pieces. Click here to read more about our Vintage Furs.