I have had a leather couch and some leather shoes for years now. Honestly I feel that to sell it, knowing that I can take very good care of it, makes me feel better than selling it to someone who may destroy the thing. I mean, animals had to die for these things!
Here is my philosophy: I feel that buying new items with animal skins or fur would be wrong, but that I respect the life that was given up and am taking care of the items I have that come from animals.
I totally agree. I still have a down blanket and a leather leash even though I became vegan a few years ago. I don't buy anything new ( the jury is still out on thrift store buys) but these things are still around.
I agree too. I have leather shoes and bags, a leather watch band, and two leather club chairs. I will not buy any leather goods in the future now that I know better. But I will continue to use the items I have until they are completely worn out. To throw them out would be so wasteful, and as you say, disrespectful to the animals used to make these items.
All leather items should be replaced as far as I'm concerned. I immediately replaced everything I had from clothes to furniture and even makeup that had animal ingredients in it. There is no way I can "relax" on an animal skin couch or wear shoes made out of animals after what I have watched about the inhumane way animals are treated for the items in this world. Being Vegan to me means respecting the animals in all ways. It does not matter how many things you already own or how much you paid for the things that are not Vegan, what matters is how you feel knowing that you do not own anything that has come from the cruelty to animals. And I can tell you that it feels great.
I just bought a used car and even though I tried to avoid it, it has leather seats. I never liked leather for reasons of comfort but wasn't able to find a model without it. I think using leather to make car seats or a couch is disgusting. It is so much leather used, all for one human's ass. The idea that it is sumptuous or luxurious is vile.
I think like with anything, everybody should do what fits their beliefs and feelings about it.
Though I eat vegan (i define meself like that: i eat vegan, but i am not a vegan), I still own leather things and I haven't made my mind up yet what I will buy in the future. Maybe i will buy some few items that are from leather, i dont know yet.
I will do what i feel is right for me and my circumstances. Now many may disagree, i understand that. But everybody must make up there own discisions. Being kind comes in many forms and we all contribute in our own way.
Maybe some one will judge me for having leather things but will kill a mosquito in a heartbeat, or drives a lot in a car or flies in a plane to far off destination or smokes, or buy a lot of vegan junk made by childlabour. Or uses genmanipulated foods, or products/medicine tested on animals, or soyproducts where rainforest are being reduced for that.... I mean there are so much things that maybe i dont do but you do that is harmful to the planet or people.. I hope my point is clear.
So depending on how you want to contribute, and what circumstances you in, I think by that you will make the discision. Personally I also think that leather things are better replaced in time than thrown away. If you dont want them anymore, you can give them away....
Thanks and all who have shed positive light on the subject!
I think it's possible to respect the things we do right, and work on the things we don't or have not done correctly in the past. Thanks Axa Axa for that insight!
Alicia mentioned in The Kind Diet, do not throw out the food you don't intend to eat anymore--give it away! Or, the alternative would be to finish it off then start anew. I guess I'm going with the latter philosophy!
There are a few reasons that I became vegan. One is animal rights, another is because I believe it is healthier and also because it is more environmentally friendly. I think that it is more respectful to continue using things like couches and shoes until they are worn out rather than throwing them away. We are such a consumer based society and that is destroying the Earth. I believe really strongly in consuming as little as possible so I vote first to keep using the stuff and thank the animal for it. If people absolutely can't bare the thought of using a product, donate it. I find myself telling people I don't eat any animal products instead of saying I am vegan. So many people seem to associate veganism with being extremist and judgemental. I never really understood that until I read Angela's comment. Oh well, everyone is allowed their own opinion but can we just remember to be a little kinder in all areas of our lives?
I completely agree, over the past several years i've aquired several belongings which were made from animal products. I have leather cowboy boots, and a leather belt which i love to death and i completely respect the animal that had to suffer for them. I love them so much and i take great care of them, and throwing them away would be a waste of an innocent animal's life. Being disrespectful would be throwing all that out. I wish people wouldnt be so disrespectful to other people about their opinions, it's what you believe and how you feel. I like how Sara put it, "everyone is allowed their own opinion but can we just remember to be a little kinder in all areas of our lives?"
Wow, I could not believe the pretty rude post that was posted. Anyway, I say look at it this way... In The Kind Life, Alicia says not to throw anything you already own away.. It's a waste. Try to give it to someone who needs it or donate it.