I went vegan in 2017 (and was vegetarian for a year before that). Now, I’m left with a number of non-vegan products (mostly leather goods) that I don’t know what to do with.
What should I do?
I’m asking because I honestly don’t know the right answer here. A few years ago, my husband and I bought a house and were so excited to decorate. When we furnished it, we bought a leather sofa, leather chairs, a leather headboard…I’m embarrassed to say we own a lot of leather. Too much leather…and that’s just the furniture! And then there’s the leather jacket, belts, shoes, sporting equipment…the list goes on.
Since going vegan, I haven’t bought any animal products (wahoo!) but I struggle with what to do with the existing products I own. My close friends have offered me a very simple, practical and obvious solution…give them my clothes!!! (I’m fairly certain that they have already decided who gets what!) But in all seriousness, I did give away some clothing and, while that felt good, I do wonder whether I could have made more of an impact. Perhaps, selling it second-hand and giving the money to a farm sanctuary or other worthwhile cause?
First and foremost, I don’t want to be wasteful. I do need things like jackets, belts and shoes and I have these things already so I might as well keep them and use them, right? I also need to consider that my husband (who isn’t vegan) has no issue with the products and enjoys the decor we have.
On the other hand, I’m very aware of the kind of message and image I give off when I ask a waiter for a vegan option when I’ve just walked in with a leather purse. Gulp…*feelings of hypocrisy rising*…
Has anyone else struggled with this? What did you do?
The Vegan Virgin, xo