This leading position is used to support a sustainable development on an international level. Progress is done in collaboration with the fur trade and is supported by consumers who are increasingly demanding sustainable fur products. The fur trade is therefore continuously developing new and more sustainable standards.
After the skins are sold at Kopenhagen Fur, the first link in the value chain is the dressing factories in Asia and Europe. The dressing trade is organised in the International Fur Dressers and Dyers Association, which works with the development of more environmentally friendly dressing methods.
The use of chemicals is, among other things, regulated by the European Union’s REACH directives which determine the rules and regulations for the use of chemicals. These directives apply to chemicals used in processing methods within the EU and to goods imported to the EU. This means that all dressing is subject to the EU rules and that the International Fur Dressers and Dyers Association is subject to strict restrictions when it comes to the use of chemicals.
Kopenhagen Fur has made it a priority to work with the dyeing trade and supports trials with new dyeing methods making the process even more environmentally friendly. To this end we have an employee working solely with this task.
This is one example of the international cooperation that pushes the fur trade in a more sustainable direction. Another example is the project Fur’s Environmental Credentials (FEC). This is a two-year project driven by Fur Europe that was initiated in 2017. The goal is to explore and document the environmental impact made by fur from cradle to cradle, from the product’s beginning on the farm, to the sale in the auction room, processing, production, the use as a fur garment and finally, its disposal.
The documentation is based on international standards and professional knowledge. Similar projects have been made for other textiles such as wool. This means that fur, as a material, can be compared with other materials when it comes to documenting and uncovering environmental impact. This will benefit players in the fashion industry as they seek to select sustainable materials. FEC will also be able to uncover the areas where fur production can become even more sustainable.