How is fur produced? How can I be sure of the origins of fur used in garments? How can I look after my vintage coat? We provide some of the answers to widely asked questions.
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How is fur produced?
Fur is either farmed like chicken, cows or pigs or caught in the wild from abundant populations. The way in which fur is farmed or caught in the wild is in accordance with strict local, national or international standards or regulations. Fur farming in Europe and North America [which are the biggest producer regions] implement voluntary welfare codes and certification programmes in addition to following national and international laws.
How does the fur trade work?
Fur comes from farmers of certified trappers and is sold at auction in lots. Buyers send the fur to manufacturers and crafts people for treating and making into garments or accessories before shipping them to retailers.
Does Fur come from endangered species?
The international fur trade does not trade in or use any endangered species. The fur trade supports and is a member of CITIES [LINK] – the convention trade in endangered species.
How can I be sure of the origins of fur used in garments?
When you see a garment that bears the OA™ label, you can be assured that the fur you’re buying or wearing comes from a country where national or local regulations and standards governing fur production are in force.
How can I look after my coat?
There are a number of ways to look after your fur coat. We recommend that you put your coat in cold storage during warm weather to protect it from drying out. We also recommend that you have it cleaned once a year by a fur specialist. When looking after it at home, always hang your fur on a broad-shouldered hanger and give it room in your wardrobe so it doesn’t get crushed. If your fur gets wet, shake it out and hang it to dry in a well-ventilated room, never put it on a direct heat source. Once it is dry give it a shake and you are ready to go.
What impact does fur have on the environment?
Fur farming uses waste recycled from the fish, meat and dairy industries to feed farmed animals. Fur farming is in accordance with environmental laws and regulations. Waste products from very modern fur farms are recycled for use as biofuels or fertilizer. Wild furs are taken from abundant species as part of conservation management in accordance with the sustainable use conservation principle.