What To Do With Leather After Going Vegan

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

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I would give any non-essential items to a charity shop. For big ticket leather items (like your couch), you could always sell and use the money to replace them with non-leather items.

    Otherwise, you could just keep using your current leather items (like your wallet and belts) until they’re worn-out and then replace them with non-leather alternatives.

    I don’t think it has to be an instant, all-or-nothing kind of thing. The effort is important and it’s what you’re comfortable with, both personally and financially.

    1. The Vegan Virgin says:

      So happy to hear your thoughts Sarah! I feel like the approach you outlined makes complete sense and I agree it doesn’t have to be an over-night change. Thanks for taking the time to read and respond!

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