Eco-Fur in the US
One of our re-sellers in the US has featured lately in some press regarding eco-fur. Chrys Hutchings is really working hard to dispel the myths regarding possum fur, and particularly the misconceptions North Americans have regarding Possums and Opossums!
The article features an interesting quote from Helen Bain from Royal Forest and Bird:
“They’re probably the Number One threat to our native species, to the birds and native forest plants of New Zealand,” Bain said. An expanded fur trade “would be helpful” in dealing with the problem, she said.
New Zealanders aren’t big on fur coats, Bain said. But there are a lot of possum fur accessories available in the country, including hats, ear muffs and — don’t try to picture this — possum lingerie. More popular are sweaters and scarves with blends of Merino wool and possum fur.
It is interesting to hear an American’s take on the Possum problem in NZ, even if there are NO grounds for comparing it to the Mink trade!