I plan to change to a vegan lifestyle but have some non vegan items in the house. ie: meat in the freezer, a bit of cheese in the fridge. How did you handle that? I refuse to throw it out...seems disrespectful to the animals who gave up their lives. However, not sure I can eat it. I don't have a lot of any of this as I tend to eat mostly vegetarian already. Did you go vegan in an all or nothing way...or did you go slowly, using up those items in your home that were not vegan? I'm leaning in that direction. Thoughts and ideas please? Thanks!
I cant speak of food but for items such as shampoo and conditioner, etc I just used it until it ran out. I know a lot of people who are vegan wouldn't agree with it but it what I did transitioning, I already have it so why not use it(plus I was/am a product junkie and throwing these things away would have cost me hundreds). For your perishable like the meat and cheeses, are they opened? If not try donating them to the salvation army, if they are open why not just give them to your family or cook up what you have and invite friends over to eat and insist that they take the leftover home.
I've been transitioning from vegetarian to vegan, and while my husband is finishing off the food I won't eat (he's not a vegetarian) I've been thinking about this regarding my clothes, purses, and shoes. I agree with you about not wasting the things we already have. I'm choosing not to make any future purchases of animal products, but it seems worse to me to throw things out at this point. I guess it is just up to each person, but I feel good about moving forward from this point and not squandering what we already have.
Thank you Vexi and Kancil. I do appreciate your comments and thoughts. I have decided not to waste anything and will move forward with each step as I use things up. ie: Once the cheese is gone...I shall proceed to a vegan cheese. I am lucky as my hubby is willing to progress to eating vegan along with me. Not because I want to live vegan but because he has a friend who has turned vegan. hahaha That's my husband for you. :) I have very little in the way of clothes, shoes etc. that are made of animal products. I don't see the merit in getting rid of them and agree with you, Kancil, about not squandering.