I think buying second hand is not as bad as first hand but I'm not sure why you would do it when you just buy something synthetic.
The obsession with the 1949 definition of veganism is unfortunate, as it ignores what we've learned about plastics in the last sixty or seventy years. "Synthetic" means "plastic". Plastics do not biodegrade and will be around for hundreds if not thousands of years after we're gone, harming the poor animals who will have to deal with the consequences of our consumerism. Every time you wash an acrylic sweater, bits of plastic end up in the laundry water and, eventually, in the bellies of birds and fish. Every time you buy a shoe made of "vegan leather" that falls apart after two months, you are unnecessarily adding plastic to the landfills. (Donating does not solve this problem; most donated clothing ends up in a landfill. When you buy second-hand clothing, you are diverting it from the landfill.)What are your opinions on buying leather, wool, silk, and the like secondhand? Is it better, worse, good, bad? I'm looking for any and all perspectives. Thank you!
Great post.I'd say it's impossible to be a perfect vegan. We're on a journey in a certain direction without much, if any, hope of reaching 'vegan nirvana'.
What we tend to do as vegans is have a personal vegan baseline. Others not reaching that baseline ie not achieving as much as we do, we see as hypercrits. Those that go beyond that baseline, we see as fanatics.
Of course there are non-vegans out there, for example working in the Third World, who we tend to ignore because their compassion is not focused on the suffering of animals.