Possums are quadruped marsupials which live in Australia, Sulawesi and New Guinea. These creatures are usually small in size, but there can be medium sized, as well. Recently, species have been introduced in New Zealand and China.
Such animals are nocturnal and most of them are arboreal. Generally, they are herbivores, but some species can be omnivores, while others are insectivores and some nectar-feeders.
Today, possums live in suburban areas and they are considered pests because they eat fruits, flowers and vegetables from gardens. Many people use garlic, camphor or naphthalene to keep possums far away from their gardens or roofs where they often build their nests.
Many products are made from possum fur. Since 1996, the fur of these creatures started to be used for various things. Possum fur is named eco fur, possum wool, eco-possum, possumdown, possum merino or merinomink.
The eco-possum is also used for creating possum socks, which are very warm and move sweat away from the feet. In addition, possum fur doesn’t freeze, which is very important. This attribute has been common only for polar bears until possum socks emerged.
Many people claim that possum fur is similar to mink, is anti-static, but less expensive. Possum wool is used for many other products such as scarves and liners for jackets and coats.
As the material has a great insulating capacity is also used for hats and caps designed for cooler climates. Possum leather is also used for creating wallets, purses and belts. Thus, possums have turned from pests into assets, being a wonderful example of how a disadvantage can be monetized.