Your Thoughts Thursday: Pre-Vegan Possessions
Most of us weren’t born vegan. In fact, many of us didn’t even find vegan until 15, 20, 35, (50?) years into our lives. And if there’s one thing that comes with that many years of life, it’s stuff. Things. Most people in our society don’t even think about their “stuff” being vegan or nonvegan, animal byproduct or man made materials. Leather and wool are just like cotton or bamboo fabrics to someone who doesn’t choose to see lives in them. So chances are, if you weren’t born vegan, you had a few pairs of leather shoes, a leather or lambskin jacket, wool coats and sweaters, silk pajamas or goose down blankets, maybe even animal skin bound books. Leather handbags! Fur trimmed hoods? It’s not even a conscious use for most because these things are so common and widely used in merchandise. They sell, therefore I buy. Don’t get me wrong, I understand people are vegan for different reasons- ethical, environmental, health- but it’s an obviously relevant issue to at least the first two and a less apparent one to the third, my point being that it doesn’t take a lot of healthy chemicals to make sure something meant to decay in nature stays in its intended form for your use. So my question is, What did you do with the animal products you acquired before going vegan?
- Did you donate them? Toss/recycle? Keep them?
- Do you think it’s okay to wear leather goods, etc purchased before one went vegan?
- If you’re an ethical vegan, does it send the wrong message?
- Do you still buy leather and wool even while shunning meat, dairy, and eggs? If so, why?
- Even if you aren’t vegan at all, do you have an opinion on people vegan in diet using vanity animal goods?