As we launched a new Facebook competition this week giving away an Alpaca Fur Neck Wrap, I feel it is only right to talk about where the fur comes from.
There are approx 3 million alpacas in South America and they make up 90% of the worlds population with approx 35,000 in the UK and approx 300,000 in both USA and Australia. There are no known wild alpacas.
The fur we use in our products is from South American animals that have died of natural causes. The animals are NOT farmed for their fur. We call it natural wastage.
An alpaca can typically live for about 20 years and they are shorn (in a similar way to sheep) once a year so an animal can offer up to 20 fleeces in its lifetime but only has one skin.
As a rule I would consider myself anti-fur but it just makes sense to use this by-product and support a country that still sees extreme poverty.
I have decided to wear my fur with a conscience.