Reusable and Sustainable Hand Warmers by Aurora Heat
While we do everything we can to make sure our kids are in gear that will keep them warm in the coldest temperatures, there IS a limit to what they can do. On the coldest days, we have always tucked one-time-use hand warmers in between layers for our kids. It has allowed us to get out on -20 degree days safely and comfortably, but I have always been concerned about the hand warmers getting too hot and hate how they feel so wasteful.
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I was thrilled, therefore, to discover Aurora Heat. Based in Northern Canada, Aurora Heat hand and feet warmers are handmade from ethically-sourced pelts in the Indigenous community of Thebacha. Their natural & reusable warmers are designed, made and tested in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. Their subarctic community is situated in Canada’s Boreal Forest and is home to 2,500 people.
The products are made by Indigenous women who are paid the living wage and higher. Which, by the way, is high since they live in a very remote area of Canada.
We use all parts of our pelts in deep respect and gratitude to the Land and to the beaver (tsa). It is this world view that has formed our company’s slogan, “Live in harmony with Nature.”Brenda Dragon – Aurora Heat President and Founder
How Aurora Heat Reusable Hand and Foot Warmers Work
Aurora Heat hand and foot warmers have one side that is beaver fur and the other side is leather. The fur side goes directly on your skin for maximum warmth. Beaver fur is incredibly warm and 100% biodegradable, hypoallergenic, and naturally odorless.
This also means that for foot warmers they go IN your socks so the fur can be right on your skin.
The video below shows how to use them both for feet and hands.
There is no right or wrong way to use Aurora Heat!
It’s easy to overthink how to use Aurora Heat, but bottom line is if they are keeping you warm, they are working! Note that the fur side goes next to your skin.
Here’s a few of our favorite ways to use them:
- On the palm of our hands in mittens
- Tucked around the tips of our fingers
- Tucked around the tips of our toes
- Under our feet (in socks)
- In pockets for warming hands
Aurora Heat FAQ:
Do I need to heat the warmers up?
Nope! The fur works with your own body heat to keep you warm. They last forever, really do provide warmth, and can be used again and again. In fact, Aurora Heat customers report them in great condition even six years later.
What size warmers do I need?
Aurora Heat has a wide variety of sizes of warmers – the more fur coverage you have, the warmer you will be.
Isn’t the fur bulky?
NO! It is surprisingly thin when you are squeezing it down so no need to size up for them to fit in your boots or mittens. The photo below shows their regular thickness. The warmers are also available in “slim” and “thick” weights.
Isn’t wearing fur sort of cruel?
The fur of animals has kept people warm for literally thousands of years. The Indigenous communities in Northern Canada have special permission to harvest the beavers ethically and, in respect, use all parts of the animal. Whatever is not used is brought back to the wild to feed wild animals.
As mentioned above, Aurora Heat in particular wastes no part of the pelt. Brenda, founder of Aurora Heat, dreams of a world where utilitarian uses of wild fur is the first choice for warmth, replacing single-use products, fast-fashion, and synthetic/petroleum based materials.
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How to care for Aurora Heat beaver fur
A question we get it a lot is wondering if they will get stinky in shoes, etc. The answer is that if you just shake them out and let them dry they will be fine.
Remember that this fur is what kept a beaver warm – it’s ok to get wet and dirty and will wash up just fine.
Aurora Heat Sustainable and Reusable Hand and Foot Warmers
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