I am a vegan and I have been going through my clothes to get rid of my non-vegan clothes. I have a pair of knitted Uggs – the inside has sheep skin – and a few wool-based flannels. I also have a pair of leather shoes.
Here’s the deal. I was curious what you guys would do. Where I live I have killer winters and I have to ride the bus for over a hour in the mornings – it hit about 2 degrees with a windchill last winter. I got these uggs (used) because my feet get SO cold. More than once, when I wore flats and socks – I had to take my shoes off and sit on them because they were so sore. They were like purplish-scarlet. They hurt so bad!
When I was looking at the going vegan literature they said it was acceptable to use up your non-vegan clothes and buy vegan versions later. They also said it would be optimal if you tossed them and bought vegan ones. I mean, once I get a job I would buy a pair or two of vegan boots. Vegans are against waste and throwing these out would be wrong but I feel wrong wearing them. I thought about giving them to my neighbor – no waste – but I’m not sure what to do. The books I read had interviews in them and this one woman said she kept her leather shoes and wool sweaters because she was a grad student in a place with cold winters. She said when she replaces them she will do with vegan apparel.
What do you guys think? Would it be okay to wear them out and then buy new VEGAN shoes or toss them and wear a couple pairs of socks.
Thank you guys so much. I felt like it would be okay to keep them but I didn’t know for sure. My mom said the same thing, she said it was the respectable thing to do. To wear them out and buy vegan ones later. I just needed a little reassurance. I might be getting a job soon so I’ll start saving when I do.
Everyone else has given you really good advice. I live in the Upper Midwest where winters are brutal, but there are plenty of vegan options for you when it comes to cold-weather clothing. Keep your Uggs and wools till they wear out or until you can afford to buy replacements; you bought them before you were a vegan, and it would be silly to waste them now!
When I went vegan, I couldn’t afford to buy any new shoes/boots so I just kept wearing my old non-vegan ones. When I could afford new things, I just donated my old non-vegan stuff (or sold it) then bought vegan.
I’ve been vegan for around 5 or more years now, I still have a couple of pairs of non-vegan boots but I still can’t afford to replace these yet (they’re huge goth boots!).
If you can’t afford new boots, then I think you have two main choices:
1. Keep wearing them until they wear out.
2. Sell them and use the money to buy new ones.
I would say get rid of them until you’ve got a decent replacement, it’s no good you freezing.
I think you’d be fine wearing them before you wear them out. You need shoes girl! 😉 Of course once they wear out, do not rebuy from Ugg Australia. I would do what that college student did and save to rebuy vegan clothes.
If it makes you uncomfortable, I wouldn’t wear them. However, especially since you’re young and don’t have a lot of money to spend on new clothes, I would either wear them or give them to Goodwill. If you buy replacements there, it’s incredibly cheap. Not all Goodwills have nice things, but you should check your local one.
I wouldn’t sweat wearing them as long as you don’t buy more and support the industry further, though.
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