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Recycling Fur Coats
Around the country there are many fur coats hanging in closets, generally ignored, and no one knows what to do with them. Real fur is an accessory garment that had its heyday and is now out of style. Unless you’re putting together a Cruella De Vil costume for next Halloween, here are some great options for recycling fur coats.
Cash For Your Coat
Cash For Fur Coats (CFFC) is a Canadian Company that will recycle old fur coats into something new. Besides teddy bears, fur coats are also used for pillows or other crafting. Most furs have a shelf life of about 20 years, since animal skins are perishable over time even if you did not wear them.
The CFFC website says it best, “Some have tried to pass down their fur coats to daughters, family and even friends with no success, the general population of people today just don’t want to wear them due to lifestyle changes, or the political controversy received from animal activists, it is just too much hassle to make a fur coat desirable.” So check them out! If they decide to purchase your coat, they will reimburse your shipping costs.
First they need some information, and you start by sending them a digital photo of your fur coat. They will need to physically examine your coat for appraisal before you get an estimate for what your coat is worth. For more details, visit their evaluation page.
Recycling Fur Coats into Teddy Bears
Have your old fur coat made into a family heirloom. Stadler Furs, based out of Wisconsin, creates handmade teddy bears from top quality recycled furs.
Recycled Furs Help Wildlife
Also send your old fur to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as part of their Coats For Cubs program. All furs received by the HSUS are sent to wildlife rehabilitators, who use the furs to warm and comfort orphaned and injured wildlife. More than 200 rehabilitators from across the U.S. and Canada now participate in the program.
The furry blanket becomes a surrogate mother to orphaned animals, reducing stress and giving comfort. The HSUS accepts all fur apparel, fur trims, and fur accessories such as gloves and hats. Find the Coats For Cubs mailing address on their website.
Recycle Your Fur Coat with a DIY Throw Rug
Recycling fur coats is fun with Sandy Stone’s book Fabric Remix, where she instructs you on how to remove the linings from your fur coats, cut off the sleeves and collars, open the seams and stitch your way to a repurposed throw rug. It’s very cool, so check it out.