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I am sure this is such a dumb question, but I'm still going to ask! I am trying to go from vegetarian to vegan. What do you do with your old shoes, handbags, etc. that are leather? Do you keep wearing what you have? I am not buying anymore items made with leather.
 

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For me, since I am on an incredibly limited budget, and environmentaly concious, I think of it this way:<br><br>
It takes a lot less energy for me to just suck it up and wear the items I already own than to waste precious resources, labor and money on new items. It will cause more pollution and more damage to the environment to switch everything at once. Wait until something you own wears out, then replace it with a vegan item.<br><br>
I'm sure not everyone will agree with this though.
 

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I agree. It doesn't hurt any more animals to wear or use what you bought in the past. I think our power to make a difference comes mostly in where we choose to spend our money. The only thing you might run into is having an omnivore (or vegetarian!) confront you on the hypocrisy of wearing leather but not eating meat. However, if that happens, you can casually say, "oh I bought that before I became vegetarian, and I don't want to be wasteful." If you REALLY can't bear the thought of using leather, you can always donate your leather items to the goodwill or another charity, just please don't throw them away! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I have a similar issue with non-vegan food in my refrigerator and pantry. We decided it would be wasteful to throw it out (then the animals REALLY suffered for nothing!) so we are eating it up, just not buying any more. All we have left is 2 eggs in the refrigerator and some honey! After that we will have an all-vegan household.
 

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You could donate it to a shelter or the Salvation Army (or something similar). I just wore my leather items until they wore out and I replaced them with an animal friendly item. Same with non vegan cosmetics and things like that.<br><br><br><br>
Something else you can do with non ve*gan food is use it in a recipe and give the finished food item to someone, like if a new neigbor moves in, or you can take it to church or work for the congregation/coworkers to eat.
 

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I agree with the above posts - wear your leather stuff out, or donate it to charity. I feel almost that it would be disrespectful to just throw out the old stuff. Good luck!
 

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One of the concerns for still wearing leather is if you wear it out and someone likes it, they might be inspired to go buy a similar leather item for themselves. So it's something you kinda have to weigh the pros and cons of in your head.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Goofy</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
One of the concerns for still wearing leather is if you wear it out and someone likes it, they might be inspired to go buy a similar leather item for themselves. So it's something you kinda have to weigh the pros and cons of in your head.</div>
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what if you're as much of a fashion disaster as I am? Is it actually an activist action to show how rubbish leather can look? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Oh sure. Some say donate your leather items to the homeless for exactly that reason. So people associate leather with the homeless rather than chic or style. So, if you feel you resemble a bag lady.... I'd say wear it out and wear it proud! :-D
 

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Oh sure. Some say donate your leather items to the homeless for exactly that reason. So people associate leather with the homeless rather than chic or style. So, if you feel you resemble a bag lady.... I'd say wear it out and wear it proud! :-D</div>
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oh dear...most of my leather is already gone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
I never realised I could be doing such a good deed...<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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I'd never throw out or give away all of my leather things. I have a lot of money invested in my shoes, etc and I am not weathly enough to go out buying a new wardrobe. Also, I don't think that wearing leather shoes or a handbag is really going to convince someone else to buy leather themselves. I have leather and synthetic handbags and you really can't tell the difference, unless you feel them, I guess. I also have faux fur things as well but again it can be hard to tell the difference unless you are wearing them.<br><br><br><br>
My only 'beef' with shoes is when they have faux fur trim (YAY) but are made with suede or leather (D'Oh)!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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I don't have any leather anymore(when I did on first going vegetarian I wore it till it was done) but I do still wear an old wool coat bought b4 I went vegan 2 years ago 'cos I can't afford to replace it atm.
 

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I am using what I have until it is not usable any longer. Tight budget, No extra $$ right now (dh's new job hasn't picked up with business yet)~ But when those items wear out, I will do my best to find affordable vegan shoes. If it comes down to just getting something without leather and not knowing about the rest, I'll probably go with it. The leather is the big thing I'm avoiding.<br><br><br><br>
And I have seen lots of cute canvas shoes out there. Comfort is a HUGE consideration with me. if the shoes aren't comfy, I basically won't wear them. I need them to be able to last, so canvas is a better option for me than the fake leather stuff.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> If I could afford to buy all new and just ditch my leather-wear, I would. But I don't have the money for that right now.
 

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I automatically just threw out all my leather. Looking at it and seeing a dead animal in an accessory just made me sick and I felt guilty keeping it.
 

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I can understand those who wouldn't want to wear an animal product. I wouldn't if I could help it, but I also agree that if possible it's better to wear out the item and then replace it with a cruelty-free replacement...though this would apply to important items such as shoes and coats, and not so much to leather pants ;o)
 

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I ran into a problem with still wearing leather yesterday. I have a leather biker jacket that was given to me, and it's the only coat I have at the moment, so I was wearing it. While hanging around in the campus area hippie shop, two girls walked up to me and said "You suck! You killed a cow! How stupid are you, that's nasty and you're nasty!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veryangry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":grr:"> I turned and said " I'm already a vegan, you stupid B****, and you'd better both run back home before I kick your a**." I don't normally swear, but I was mad. Stupid college snobs, they make real people like me look bad.
 

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<span style="color:#000000;"><b><span style="font-family:'Century Gothic';"><span style="font-size:small;">I don't agree with wearing leather after you've decided to be Vegan-but that's just my opinion. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I gave away my leather things (there weren't many anyway-I can't stand the smell of it!) to family members, & to charity. I just didn't want it anywhere near me anymore.</span></span></b></span>
 

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i never had much leather to start with... most of my shoes fell apart or i outgrew them.<br><br>
i did gave a pair to my mother, who seems happy enough with them (exept they let in water when it's raining!)<br><br><br><br>
i don't have any leather now except a leather Beatles wallet which i love too much to give away... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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The big thing I'm not happy with right now are my comforter and my coat. They aren't leather (lol), but are down-filled. I want to replace them ASAP, but they were not cheap. The coat is in perfect condition, is Land's End brand, and was a gift from my in-laws. It IS warm, but I can't stop thinking about little birds when I have it on.<br><br><br><br>
I wish I had another option. Another warm option. I almost am to the point of trying to MAKE myself another winter coat (I do sew, pretty well, but not that great with clothing items yet~ I've only really attempted to sew for my children)<br><br><br><br>
But when it comes down to it, it's inside the coat, and nobody can see it. SO I feel like I should get rid of my leather shoes first. Maybe I'll ebay my coat early next year and use the $$ to buy a new one that is cruelty-free.<br><br><br><br>
Sorry, rambling... Tend to do that when I'm tired. Need some coffee. (who knew soy creamer could taste SO YUMMY??)
 

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Only leather I have is on a holster I bought online and didn't know it had a tiny piece of leather on it. I also have a wool blanket that I have had forever and will probably last me a lifetime.
 
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