Diane Pham

U.S. Federal Program Funds the Use of Nutria as "Eco-Friendly Fur"

by , 03/06/11

nutria, animal cruelty, fur, National Resources Defense Council, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style

Is there such thing as “eco-friendly fur” when it comes to fashion? For Michael Massimi, the invasive-species coordinator at the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Progream (BTNEP), there certainly is, and it comes from the nutria. The nutira was brought to Louisiana in the 1930s for the fur-farming industry, but was mysteriously released into the wild where they thrived as a species. Unfortunately, for the Louisiana coastal wetlands these seemingly harmless animals have relentlessly attacked and damaged coastal vegetation and the ecosystem with their insatiable appetites. To stop the nutria from destroying the wetlands even further, a Congress approved initiative has allowed for Massimi’s culling of the little furry critter and the use of their pelts for a new fashion venture called Righteous Fur.

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3 Comments

  1. lazyreader March 8, 2011 at 8:12 am

    It can be eco-friendly. It’s renewable, clean, non-toxic, they’re getting rid of an invasive species that causes damage to the ecosystem. Ford Motors uses vegetable dyes tanning it’s leather as opposed to toxic metal salts. And if someone happens to like the taste of Nutria, you can use every part of it. Alligators will never go extinct cause they’re delicious to some, entertaining to others.

  2. lazyreader March 8, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Please, if they are invasive species, they’re gonna do far more damage than a few hicks killing over-sized rats. Notice conservationist only care about animals that are cute. The California Condor is the ugliest animal the federal government ever paid to protect. May as well make a profit. Eskimos don’t have synthetic fabric. Where all for preserving the way of life for native people’s who livelihood depends on things they extract. They hunt for meat cause vegetables and corn don’t grow very well and synthetic fabric are few and far between.

  3. space-fish March 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

    It isn’t eco-friendly if you have to kill the animal! This is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard. Why exactly is this considered eco-friendly? Because they are going to slaughter them anyway?
    Maybe some alternatives to killing the critters should be looked into. THAT would be eco-friendly.

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