Blog: What to do with old furs?
Joe Ayling | 14 April 2011
Just 5% of the UK population are still willing to parade around in a fur jacket, according to UK animal rights charity The RSPCA.
The findings come as no great surprise, especially given the appalling press that fur fashion has got in the past few years.
Nevertheless, it would be interesting to see a survey of how many of the other 95% still have a fur item stashed away in the wardrobe.
This poses the question of what should become of these old furs?
It is unlikely that such items will ever make a mainstream comeback, but reports of real mink, fox and raccoon dog furs on the catwalk suggests there is still a market among the rich.
In this way the phrase "money can't buy fashion" really holds true, because it appears nobody else is wearing fur. But with those who insist on wearing fur paying a pretty penny to do so, could such items become antiques?
Animals farmed for their fur are often confined to tiny, barren cages and are denied opportunities to behave as they would in the wild, the RSPCA says.
While this obviously holds true, a bonfire of old fur jackets would only create further injustice, with many homeless people freezing on Britain's streets. Donations would create a problem of their own though in the likely event that a black market should open up.
Fur is always an emotive topic, and is fast becoming the ultimate skeleton in the closet.
Over the past month, Donald Trump and his team failed to offer any clear plan to ensure Americans would "Buy American, Hire American" - while the British government's attempts to clarify the specifics...
The Bangladesh government was forced to respond late last week to pressure over its crackdown on labour activists after a number of global brands and retailers, including H&M and Inditex announced pla...
Fresh from their disappointment at seeing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal abandoned last month with an executive order by President Donald Trump, the US apparel and footwear sector...
With the ultimate aim of ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably, value clothing retailer Primark is adamant that having a business model focused on offering the lowest prices o...
- What TTIP might mean for US, EU textiles & apparel
- Unlocks for the future fashion sourcing landscape
- EU eyes mandatory due diligence for apparel supply
- Geo-political uncertainty and how to survive it
- Four steps to reduce product defects
- US Q4 in brief – Finish Line, Oxford Industries
- H&M, VF Corp and Levi among most ethical companies
- Sears has "substantial doubt" of future
- Vietnam limits hazardous chemicals in apparel
- Li & Fung forms supply chain partnership with PVH
- Central and East Europe Report Package
- Central America strategic sourcing review - a focus on Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras
- Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar
- When Things Go Wrong - A Practical Guide to Managing Common Problems in Apparel Sourcing
- Outdoor performance apparel 2016: A broader perspective