So, new fur: out. Although this website does make an interesting case for new fur, laying out the current ethics and standards. It also mentions that farming fur is the same as farming meat, eggs etc - you have to make sure standards are observed, so you know, if you're okay with eating meat, examine your conscience regarding fur - is it simply a case of meat eating is socially acceptable but wearing new fur isn't?
But that's a philosophical detour. I'm here to talk about vintage fur, because I have this crazy vintage fur gilet (pictured above) which I'm looking into selling at the moment. Vintage is often tarred with the same moral brush as new fur, but as a BINORACLE and vintage clothing enthusiast, I respectfully disagree. Here's why.
Vintage fur is old
I get it if you can't stomach wearing any fur at all, that's totally fine. But if you want or have a vintage fur, don't feel bad about wearing it: you are not contributing to the problem. The deed is, sadly, done. You can't save that animal anymore. There is, of course, the argument that wearing any fur is contributing to the ongoing desirability and glamorisation of fur, so you have to come to terms with that however you feel. But since I and anyone reading this blog are unlikely to be a powerful influencers in the fashion world, I personally am not too fussed by this.
It's a valuable commodity
Even if you don't want to wear it, you can sell it and someone will buy it. If you want to, why not donate some of the proceeds to an animal welfare organisation (but please for the love of god choose an organisation other than PETA, the organisation that uses a litany of abusive, sexist and racist images to be "provocative" in their marketing. Not cool). You could sell through Etsy, eBay or a vintage fur retailer like this one in London; you'll get less if you sell it at a market, but if you've got a few things to sell off then it could be worth setting up a stall.
Throwing it away is much worse
If you're not wearing it, it would only be rotting in landfill. Fur is highly durable material and can last up to 100 years. Plus, they've been treated with chemicals, which would only be seeping into the groundwater. To throw it away on moral grounds is wasteful and makes it part of another problem.
It can be recycled
This company based in Montreal has been recycling vintage fur into new products for almost 20 years. There are probably similar operations going on all over the world, so perhaps get in touch with a local fashion design school?
Hands up if you have an old fur kicking around? What are your feelings towards it? I appreciate this is a fraught topic that gets people very passionate, and I'm interested to hear for and against arguments, if anyone has any!