Saturday, 23 November 2013

ethical clothes - and what about fur???

Every autumn when the days are getting colder the discussions are heated up by the obligatory "fur debate". 
I was thinking about it too, as for example my grandma has an old fur coat and I moved to a country where hunting and fishing is considered normal. When I checked my newsfeed yesterday I stumbled about this picture. It is the new Alexander McQueen ad and it uses a pheasant in a still life style to promote the items.

Feeling slightly surprised by the pheasant lying in front of the bags,  reading the comments in the social media became actually even more disturbing and showed also how unaware people are regarding the origin of their clothes and also their food. Or what do you think when you read, "I like the snakeprint bag, but the bird is horrible."...

Thinking of ethnical clothing three things come to my mind: fair-trade, organic and animal rights.

Fairtrade is a certification of the Fairtrade Foundation which ensures that the working conditions for the people in the production are good. 
The term organic includes ecological, social and economic aims based on the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements. Their principle aims to protect the land that is being farmed and also those working on it and their communities. The emphasize lies on the protection of the environment.
The animal rights are getting stronger and stronger and there is a movement among the designers to not use any animal product in their collections which means no leather, no fur and also no silk.

vintage fur: Marlene Dietrich
and Dovima

But let's get back to the fur debate:
I for myself try to consume consciously and would rather prefer that people ask more questions where their clothes and also their food comes from than this big outcries when seeing a dead animal.
I think we can all agree that no one wants to eat or wear anything of a creature which has been tortured during its whole short life span.

Option 1: If you like to have a nice reindeer stew from time to time and you know that the farmer let them run their whole life through Lapland and they are enjoying their reindeer life, wouldn't it be a waste of resources not to use the leather or skin as well. Or an animal killed on the road.
Also regarding sustainability a fur coat might last for several generations and keeps people warm under rough conditions, whereas the lifespan of a cotton shirt might be less than two years.

Option 2: If you say no animal should die for me, I highly appreciate this too. I would like to prepare a new post which shows what the different fibres are and what environmentally friendly materials there are.

No option in my opinion is vintage fur. For me it is just a lame excuse not to ask where it comes from and under which conditions it was produced, because it would simply mean that all the fur coats which makes us scream out aloud now, would be wearable with a good consciousness in 20 years...

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