Fur is by nature sustainable because it is a renewable natural material, which after the end of working life, becomes part of a natural cycle.
Fur’s sustainable strengths
- Mink feed is made from among other things, leftovers from the humane food production industry.
- The entire mink is used – fx. as components in building materials and in fertilizer.
- Fur has a long lifetime – up to 40 years and can be reused and sewed, which increases the furs’ lifetime.
- Fur is biodegradable, so when the fur is worn out and disposed of, it becomes part of a natural cycle.
No region in the world has as strict and comprehensive animal health and welfare legislation as the European Union but even so, in 2009 the European industry organisation ‘Fur Europe’ initiated a new welfare certification program, which aims to develop an impartial, thorough and detailed evaluation tool for assessing the welfare of mink and fox. This programme is called Welfur and it is the first evaluation tool within agriculture that on a scientific basis documents the framework of the animals physically and mentally in terms of well-being.
Welfur is based on a comprehensive collection of information about fur breeding and contains four overall criteria: good feed, good animal housing, good animal health and appropriate behavior. The criteria cover a number of principles, which in detail deal with the animals’ optimal way of life. The certification is in practice carried out by Baltic Control, a highly respected certification body. With activities in 42 countries, Baltic Control is one of the world’s leading verification and certification bodies within food and food-related supply chains.
SaksPotts only work with Kopenhagen Fur, who by 2020 will only accept mink and fox skins that are WelFur-certified. As soon as Welfur skins are put up for sale, SaksPotts will only buy and use Welfur certified skins.
Mink is soft and fine but still durable and long lasting. Mink is found in many different types, colours and qualities and is characterized by a high degree of uniformity, density and volume. We only use furs from Kopenhagen Fur, who is known all over the world for selling fur of exceptionally high quality.
All mink fur used in our designs comes from highly regulated, European farms. The European legislation is based on many years of independent research conducted by scientists all over the region and controlled by independent bodies.
Fox fur is long, thick and dense and there are up to 20 different natural colours, covering different nuances of black, red, brown and white. The hairs are longer and more eye-catching compared to other types of fur. All fox fur used in our designs comes from Norwegian farms, which must be certified according to the requirements of ‘FarmSert’, a certification which builds on strict requirements as well as the industry’s own additional requirements.
When working with natural fur, no piece is ever allowed to go to waste. Even small cuttings left over from making larger garments are collected and every tiny bit – sometimes as small as a centimeter wide – are used in the making of patchworks known as fur plates. Sewn together, what were scraps become garments, which has the same distinct texture as any other mink fur.
Shearling is a skin from lamb or sheep that has been tanned with the fur left on. Shearling has two different surfaces; suede on one side and fur on the other. Shearling is a very strong and dense material that can last for decades, which make it very sustainable.
Sheep skins can be anything from short and dense to long and vibrant and Saks Potts use different breeds pending on the expression we want to give the clothing. All the shearling we use is a by-product from the meat industry, which means that there is a zero waste of the animal after slaughter.