Nordstrom Plans to Stop Selling Fur Products by 2021

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Things are changing at Nordstrom in 2021. The popular fashion department store has announced they will stop selling products containing fur by the end of next year.

The announcement, which was made on Tuesday, September 29, also revealed the chain will not be selling products containing exotic animal skin as well.

Read on to learn more about the announcement, including what animals will be banned for good. 

No More Fur

Though Nordstrom’s private labels haven’t been using real fur or skin for years, this new policy will also cover the brands the store carries.

“As a company, we have made the decision to stop offering products made with animal fur or exotic animal skins,” they shared in a statement

“We are committed to fully eliminating this merchandise offering across all Nordstrom, Inc. stores and online by the end of 2021. This applies across Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack and Last Chance stores in the U.S. and Canada, Nordstrom.com, Nordstrom.ca, NordstromRack.com, Hautelook.com and TrunkClub.com.”

What Animals Are Considered Exotic?

Under the new policy, they have banned fur from animals such as minks, foxes, lynxes, chinchillas, rabbits, coyotes, and kangaroos.

Animal skin from animals such as snakes, pythons, alligators, crocodiles, sharks, stingrays, lizards, and ostriches have also been banned.

Some Animals Are Still Allowed

Though they plan to ban the use of skin and fur from countless animals, that doesn’t mean they’re going completely vegan.

In fact, the company announced in their statement that they will still be using byproducts of livestock to create synthetic materials.

They will continue to use sheepskin, cowhide, calf hair, and feathers that are not sourced through live-plucking. 

They also continue to sell third party beauty products that are tested on animals.

The Humane Society Applauds Nordstrom

Kitty Block, the president and CEO of the Human Society of the United States, hopes this move by Nordstrom will encourage other retailers to do the same.

“We applaud Nordstrom for ending the sale of fur and becoming the first US-based retailer to ban exotic animal skins,” she shared in a statement, according to Business Insider.

“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.”

She continued, “Nordstrom’s decision will surely have a ripple effect on other influential fashion leaders.” 

Time will tell if this does have an effect on the rest of the fashion industry and if other retailers decide to follow in Nordstrom’s footsteps.