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At Kopenhagen Fur, we’re strong advocates of animal welfare and go to great lengths to ensure the health and wellbeing of the animals in the fur trade. Taking animal welfare seriously makes both business and ethical sense for us. We care about the animals within our business and, after all, healthy animals produce superior skins
With welfare initiatives such as WelFur and FurMark ensuring certification and bringing new focus to animal welfare and the ethical production of fur, our business is moving forward with sustainability at its heart.
SUSTAINABILITY IN DANISH MINK FARMING
Fur is a natural material with many positive characteristics, and Danish mink is of exceptional quality – beautiful, warm, durable and can be handed down for generations. Best of all, it is completely biodegradable and naturally returns to the ecological cycle.
Most of Kopenhagen Fur's skins originate from Denmark, where local mink breeders use of 100 per cent of every animal bred for the trade to benefit the environment. After pelting, the remains of the mink are sent for bioprocessing to make optimum use of the residual products. Fat from the mink is used to produce biodiesel, which is added to fossil diesel. This biodiesel contributes directly to the EU directive that obliges countries to use 10 per cent renewable energy in the transport sector by 2020.
The remaining mink by-products are processed into bone meal, which can be used for heating as it has the same calorific value as wood chips. The ash from the incineration process is used as a component in cement, concrete and asphalt. Bone meal can also be used as a fertiliser component.
LEADING THE WAY
Danish mink breeders are at the forefront when it comes to making 100 per cent use of the mink. In Europe overall, more than two thirds of every animal bred for fur is used. The fur business is striving for 100 per cent utilisation of the mink at a European level too.
A key element of the fur trade's contribution to sustainability is feed, which is based on residual products from food production. Each year, more than one million tonnes of residual matter from the fish and poultry industry is used to produce feed for fur animals. This ensures the optimum use of resources.
Mink skins are some of the world's most exclusive and sought-after fur materials. In spite of its soft and delicate nature the material is durable and this, along with the warmth of the fur, makes it the perfect choice for elegant winter wear. Now we make it slow fashion at RIGMOR COPENHAGEN.
UNCOMPROMISED QUALITY & CERTIFICATION
Developed through a century of careful breeding, Norwegian Type consists of the world’s most luxurious fox skins, featuring even, silky guard hair and dense underwool. The various fox types covered by the brand are farmed in Norway and Finland, and only the best skins are sold at Kopenhagen Fur.
All farms delivering Fox skins to the Norwegian type collection are certified according to the Council of Europe’s Recommendation on Fur Farming and national certification schemes that go beyond the recommendations. All these initiatives are put in place to ensure superior animal health and welfare.
Furthermore, in 2020 all Norwegian Type foxes sold at Kopenhagen Fur will be a part of Welfur, which is a science-based animal welfare assessment programme initiated by the European fur sector.