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.
To me, it’s about being in a position to incite positive change. If you preach a message, you best be about it, or the public will tear you apart…especially when being pressed on something that’s such a sensitive topic anyway (I mean, their diet means murder!). So, if you can afford to, I would suggest purchasing vegan products to accurately represent where you’re coming from, and what you believe in, so that when questioned about it, you can stand in your truth. This doesn’t mean you have to care less about the environment either – simply donate your non-vegan goods to those who might have nothing at all! 🙂
I would keep the wool & leather garments if you care about the environment because vegan winter clothing is often worse for the environment. Use what you have but don’t ever buy new! Some vegans wear second hand non-vegan clothing as well.
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.