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At Morris Furs, we are committed to supporting and promoting the movement towards sustainable fashion and environmentally-friendly materials. Our aim is to inform and educate while also respecting individual beliefs and opinions. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the information we provide, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Sustainability: the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level. "the sustainability of economic growth" ; also, avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. "the pursuit of global environmental sustainability"

History of Sustainability: The concept of sustainable development was coined by the Brundtland Commission in 1987. This document proposed that our environmental challenge is to meet “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” In other words, we should use resources that are renewable and that biodegrade (plants, animals) rather than resources that are non-renewable and do not biodegrade (petroleum-based plastics). The sustainable use of renewable natural resources is based on the fact that most species of plants and animals produce more young than their habitat can support to maturity. The ones that don’t make it, feed others. As part of this natural system, we too can use part of this natural “surplus” for our food, clothing, and other needs.


There are two types of fur used today: wild-sourced and farm-raised.

Wild-Sourced Furs:
The most important North American furbearers (beaver, muskrat, marten, coyote, fox, raccoon) are more abundant today than they have ever been. In fact, furbearer populations would have to be controlled in many regions even if we did not use the fur, to prevent the spread of disease or to protect livestock, property, other species and natural habitats. Modern trapping methods have been refined by more than 30 years of research and must comply with the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (in Canada) and Best Practices (in the US). Wild furs are, in fact, the ultimate free-range, organic and (for North Americans) locally-sourced clothing material. By contrast, most synthetic materials are made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource.

Farm-Raised Fur:
Globally, most fur is now produced on farms. Mink and fox are the most commonly farmed furbearers. As carnivores, they are fed left-overs from our own food-production, (parts of cows, chickens, and fish that we don’t eat). Farmed fur animals recycle these “wastes” from our food-production system into biodegradable clothing material, while their manure, carcasses and straw bedding are used to produce biofuels or organic fertilizers, completing the nutrient cycle. And fur farms can thrive in regions where the soil is too poor or the climate too harsh for most other agriculture.


The production of fur garments is one of the most benign sectors of the clothing industry today in terms of environmental impact. In fur dressing, relatively mild chemicals are used because the hairs must be protected. The main materials used to dress fur pelts are either organic or naturally occurring compounds. And unlike other clothing materials, furs are often valued for their natural colours, reducing the need for bleaches and dyes.

By contrast, fake fur and other synthetics are generally made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. Fake furs and other petroleum-based synthetics do not biodegrade like real fur.

A well-made mink or beaver coat can be worn for thirty or more years. Fur apparel is often passed down to daughters or grand-daughters. It can be worn “vintage”, or taken apart and completely restyled. And after many decades of use, fur will ultimately biodegrade, returning to the soil.

Information provided by To continue reading about the sustainability of fur please visit the article on their website here.


We are the largest Canadian reseller of handcrafted sustainable pieces by FURB Montréal. “FURB is dedicated to re-purposing garments into refined fashion and home accessories. Backed by a team of highly experienced craftspeople, FURB works to upcycle valuable, responsible and sustainable fabric in the spirit of shaping a thoughtful, ethical future.”

vintage furs

Our large selection of vintage furs have been professionally cleaned and restored. By keeping these furs in circulation we are helping to reduce the unnecessary waste created by the fashion industry. Any fur garments that have reached the end of their life and cannot be restored are recycled and used to create or repair other fur pieces. Click here to read more about our Vintage Furs.

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