USED leather clothing (or any other clothing made with animal products). I’ve always felt that it would be acceptable to wear these things if they were hand-me-downs, although I don’t think I would wear them myself just because I wouldn’t feel comfortable. What are your opinions, though, on buying these types of items from thrift stores? I don’t think I could ever bring myself to actually buy them, but should I be opposed? I certainly would feel opposed when it came to consignment stores, or any place that selectively purchased their own inventory, but I can’t decide how I feel about places who receive all their inventory from donation. Thoughts??
It isn’t the worst thing you can do
Personally if something is vintage wool I don’t have a problem with it. (the sheep weren’t abused in the 60’s) Hell, if I know the distributor I’m okay with wool. http://www.sheeplesfinefibres.com/ is where my sisters buy wool to knit with. They spin raw wool into yarn and then make clothes. Total diy badasses.
Leather I CAN’T feel comfortable with. It’s stretched skin. Yuck… I have a few items that I’m not 100% sure are leather free. However brands usually advertise the shit out of leather so….if it isn’t on the label I’m assuming it isn’t in the product. They just don’t say vegan on them. There is an emblem on a guitar strap and a pair of canvas/rubber boots that I own that look like synthetic leather. But I do have a little bit of a concern there.
I digressed pretty furiously. It depends on the person, I personally wouldn’t touch any fur, leather, or any other animal skin.
I personally think, if you need a leather item (for example, winter boots) and you can’t afford or can’t find a vegan alternative then it’s sort-of ok to buy second-hand because your money is going to charity, not the leather industry.
However I say ‘sort of ok’ because by wearing them you’re advertising the leather industry.
Most places that receive all inventory by donation takes the profit and helps the disabled find jobs, or give them job training. I worked for goodwill awhile back and this is what I was told. I did see a lot of disabled people there working.
I wouldn’t buy used clothing that an animal had to die for. I feel like you should always think that someone is watching you. Well, she’s vegan but she’s wearing that leather coat. I think we need to lead by example in this lifestyle.
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