- Nordstrom will no longer sell products made with fur or exotic animal skin by the end of 2021, it said on Tuesday.
- It is the first US-based retailer to ban exotic animal skins, according to the Humane Society.
- Nordstrom hasn’t used real fur or exotic skin in its own-brand product in years, but the ban covers third-party brands it carries, too.
- It covers fur from animals such as mink, fox, and rabbit, and skin and leather from animals including crocodile, snake, and ostrich.
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Nordstrom will stop selling products containing fur or exotic animal skin by the end of 2021, the luxury fashion department store chain announced on Tuesday.
Nordstrom’s private labels haven’t used real fur or skin in years, but this extension covers the brands it carries, too.
The American chain’s policy bans fur from exotic animals killed solely for their fur, including mink, fox, lynx, chinchilla, rabbit, coyote, and kangaroo.
It will also halt the sale of any animal skin or leather made from exotic animals including lizards, snakes, pythons, alligators, crocodiles, ostriches, sharks, kangaroos, and stingrays. It is the first US-based retailer to ban exotic skins, according to the Humane Society, an animal welfare charity.
The policy covers Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, and Last Chance, both online and in the company’s 355 stores.
Products with skin or leather made from cow, sheep, pig, goat, or water buffalo will still be allowed. Products containing feathers or down that do not come from live plucking will also remain on sale, as will items made from alpaca wool and cashmere.
The company continues to sell a small selection of third-party beauty products that are tested on animals.
The company made the commitment in partnership with the US Humane Society, and the policy follows guidelines from the Fur Free Alliance, an international coalition, it said.
Nordstrom made the decision based on feedback from customers, Teri Bariquit, chief merchandising officer at Nordstrom, said. The company is “continually evolving our product offering to ensure we’re meeting their needs,” she added.
The company removed fur salons from its stores in 1991. It requires the third-party brands it carries to follow labeling guidelines for fur products that “go above what is required by law.” The company also does not sell products with materials from vulnerable or endangered species, such as bone, horn, shells, and teeth.
Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said: ”We applaud Nordstrom for ending the sale of fur and becoming the first US-based retailer to ban exotic animal skins.
“This is a pivotal step toward a more humane business model and a safer world for animals, sending a clear message that animals should not suffer for the sake of fashion. Nordstrom’s decision will surely have a ripple effect on other influential fashion leaders.”