Sustainability in Danish fur farming

Fur is a natural material with many positive characteristics. It is beautiful, warm, durable and can be handed down for generations, before it is returned to the ecological cycle.

In Denmark, from where most of Kopenhagen Fur's skins originate, everything from the mink is used for the benefit of the environment. After pelting, the remains of the mink are sent for bioprocessing. This processing is intended to make optimum use of the residual products. Fat from the mink is used to produce biodiesel, which is added to fossil diesel. Biofuels ensure supply reliability, and not least a reduction of CO2. The EU has adopted a directive that obliges countries to use 10 per cent renewable energy in the transport sector by 2020. The mink fat makes a significant contribution to this.

The carcass itself is processed into bone meal. Some of the bone meal is used for heating, and 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. 

Some of the bone meal is used as a fertiliser component. This fertiliser is used in e.g. agriculture, and is exported to several European countries.

At the forefront

Danish mink breeders are at the forefront when it comes to making 100 per cent use of the mink. In Europe overall, everything from two thirds of the animals bred for their fur is used. The trade is working for 100 per cent utilisation of the mink at European level too, in order to ensure a higher degree of sustainability.

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 optimum use of resources.