With a slew of fur-free celebrities and PETA's racy anti-fur campaigns, sporting a fur coat is controversial. For reasons that range from the philosophical to the stylistic, Planet Green notes, thousands of old fur coats are sitting in closets, unused.
Next month, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and second-hand retailer Buffalo Exchange will host Coats for Cubs, a fur recycling initiative--and you'll get a tax credit, too.
From Saturday, November 13, through Earth Day, April 22, bring real fur apparel, including trims, accessories and shearling regardless of condition--to a Buffalo Exchange location near you. Visit their website for their nationwide locations--or make a toll-free call to 1-866-235-8255--and be sure to let them know you're making a donation to Coats for Cubs.
If you'd like to claim a tax deduction mail your fur directly to The Humane Society of the United States, Attn: Coats for Cubs, 2100 L St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037. Once donated, used furs will provide bedding and comfort to orphaned and injured wildlife.