I recently have gone 100% cruelty free. (I’ve been somewhat cruelty free for the last few years, but not completely.) I just want to know if things like hair extensions are cruelty free, and if not how?
Also, I’ve had a jacket in my closet for several years now that a friend had given to me. I have never worn it, but once I started getting on here I looked to see if it is leather, and it is. I really don’t know what to do with it now. Should I throw it away or sell it or what would you do?
It mostly depends on how the extensions are applied. Clip-in and sew-in extensions are generally fine – but the glue-in extensions are not cruelty-free, due to the glue typically used.
As far as the jacket goes, you’ll run into some differences of opinions. It’s ultimately up to you.
I’ve been vegan/cruelty-free for quite some time, and I eventually donated most of my non-vegan clothing items to thrift stores and homeless shelters (of course, most of them came from thrift stores to begin with), but I still own a pair of snakeskin boots that belonged to my dad before he passed away. They’re older than I am, they’re extremely sentimental, and I -do- wear them from time to time when I want to feel close to him.
I also had a pair of leather boots I got before going vegan, and I pretty much wore them until they fell apart (while vegan), because I’ve always been quite poor, so when I pay $80 for a pair of boots… I wear them until my toes pop out.
Some would say keeping those kinds of things in your wardrobe, and continuing to wear them, would mean you’re not technically a vegan… and maybe that’s true. But it’s up to you whether or not you feel comfortable wearing something you know came from a dead animal.
I’ll never get rid of my dad’s snakeskin boots, and I’ll always wear them from time to time – no matter how many vegans bitch at me for it (and believe me, they have).
But if that jacket doesn’t hold any sentimental value for you, and if you don’t -need- it, donating it to a homeless shelter (if that’s an option in your area) would be a good way to help out someone who could really use it.