Everything I buy is secondhand and I have a few old leather items such as shoes and a belt that I bought years ago. I dont want to throw them out because i believe that doing that creates more waste than I am comfortable with.
So in going vegan, on one hand i feel that i shouldnt wear leather on one hand, but on another i know that i am not creating an industry as the items were secondhand and the money went to helping people and animals that are in need via the charity shop.
these days, buying non-leather can drain large amounts of resources, so choosing secondhand and to not throw out old items is an obvious choice.
i still can't help but feel a little bad for very occassionally werraing leather.
i FEEL THE SAME WAY, BEFORE BECOMING VEGAN OF COURSE i MADE CHOICES TO BUY UGGS AND ALL THE OTHER RIDICULOUS CONSUMER WANTS. aT LEAST i DID! ;) i REALLY FEEL LIKE THE DAMAGE IS ALREADY DONE, THOSE ANIMALS ALREADY DIED, AND THOUGH i WON'T BUY LEATHER ANYMORE, i FEEL THE LEATHER i BOUGHT PRE VEGAN LIFESTYLE i SHOULD WEAR OR THOSE ANIMALS DIED FOR NOTHIN YOU KNOW: i HAVE A HARD TIME WITH THIS AS WELL, BUT i HAVE TRIED TO THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT IF i WERE AN ANIMAL AND WAS KILLED FOR MY SKIN i WOULD SAY, YOU BETTA NOT LET THIS GO TO WASTE PEOPLE, OR i MIGHT HAVE TO HAUNT YOUR FANNY'S.....
IN CLOSING, ;) i THINK PREVIOUSLY OWNED THRIFT STORE FINDS SHOULD NOT BE EXCLUDED, i JUST THINK BUYING NEW LEATHER IS A SHAME,,,....
I have often wondered the same thing, and recently found a great article in the first issue of Chickpea magazine (a beautiful new vegan publication). The article is called "Is Vintage Vegan?" The author makes some really nice points about the issue, although obviously everyone is entitled to their own opinion on the matter. I think it's on page 59.
Great article! That is pretty much where I fall on the spectrum as well. I am a thrift store shopper...I rarely buy anything new. I also have a 40 year old Navy Pea coat that was my Dad's that I wear every year. THAT"S not going anywear.