New report reveals toxic fur in children’s clothing

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New report reveals toxic fur in children’s clothing

9 February 2015
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A report by Danish animal rights organization Anima reveals toxic chemicals found in tested garments. The findings in the Danish report are consistent with previous studies in Germany and Italy, where a variety of international brands tested positive for toxic chemicals, including luxury brand Gucci.

A report by Danish animal rights organization Anima reveals toxic chemicals found in tested garments. The findings in the Danish report are consistent with previous studies in Germany and Italy, where a variety of international brands tested positive for toxic chemicals, including luxury brand Gucci.

The process of fur cleaning and tanning often takes place in China, where heavy metals, solvents and pesticides are used. Among the tested garments, chemicals that are classified as endoncrine disruptors, cancer and allergy-causing agents were found.

“It is frightening that clothing made for children may contain so many toxic chemicals. I think many parents are unaware of it. The best thing anyone can do to protect themselves is to avoid fur. Companies may help by taking the fur off the garments completely” says Joh Vinding, Director of Anima.

A total of six garments for children and adolescents were tested, including popular brands such as Canada Goose, Ver de Terre, Modström and Bahne – all of which were proved to contain toxic chemicals. The tests were conducted by an independent German laboratory.

Some of the values exceed the EU chemicals regulation REACH while other values are below these limits. For some of the chemicals found, there was no set limit for fur trims.

Full report available here (Danish). More information in the Anima site.

Both Eurogroup for Animals members and Anima are part of the Fur Free Alliance, an international coalition of animal protection organisations working to bring an end to the exploitation and killing of animals for their fur. The Fur Free Alliance represents millions of supporters worldwide.

The best thing anyone can do to protect themselves is to avoid fur. Companies may help by taking the fur off the garments completely.