Most people think fur products are bad. Why should they be?
- Be sourced as a by-product of the food industry,
- Transform a waste product to give it value, such as the reclaiming fur from animals culled for environmental management,
- Minimise waste by re-manufacturing vintage pieces or using surplus manufacturing material, instead of only using new material.
Types of ethical fur
All the fur in the current Tallis collection falls into one of the following categories:
Food industry by-products
This is fur which comes from animals which have been bred for their meat. The pelt or skin of the animal is a by-product when the meat is produced and can be used as a raw material in clothing or home textiles. Examples of this include sheepskin or cow hide leather from livestock. On the other hand, wool comes from shearing the live sheep or goat, not using its skin; but note that wool can come from the annual shearing of animals being raised for their meat, and so still be intrinsically linked to the food industry.
Alpine Hare : Tallis is one of very few brands to uses rabbit skin from food producers based in Switzerland. This fur is a waste product of rabbit meat production and is treated and dyed in Switzerland.
Food industry fur in collection: sheepskin, Tibetan lambskin, Alpine Hare (rabbit)
Re-manufactured vintage fur products
This is fur we get from vintage fur garments sourced in England and Switzerland via re-sellers. Fur can last 100 years, we select only items which have been well cared for so that the hide remains soft and pliable for the re-manufacturing process. We only use vintage fur made pre-1975.
Vintage fur in collection: mink
Reclaimed fur from environmental management programmes
New Zealand Possum : In 1837, possums were introduced to New Zealand from Australia. With no natural predators and an abundance of vegetation, possums continue to have a huge impact on their non-native New Zealand. As a result, the Department of Conversation commits resources to control their population. Read more from the New Zealand Government Department of Conservation.
Swiss Red Fox : Following the extinction of the wolf, lynx and bear in Switzerland, and a successful vaccination project by the Swiss government, the native red fox has thrived in the absence of natural population controls. In order to healthily regulate the species, a control system has been introduced by the government. The fur is typically destroyed and wasted, so the Swiss Association of Professional Furriers has begun to buy and promote it as an alternative fur for fashion. Read more from the Swiss Fur Association.
By-product fur in collection: possum wool, Swiss red fox
Some of the sheepskin that we use for our hats comes from surplus (odd shaped ends and small pieces) from a UK manufacturer of sheepskin garments.
Pre-consumer surplus fur in collection: sheepskin
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