What to do with your non-vegan shoes and clothing when you're ready to say goodbye
What to do with shoes, clothes and furniture that isn't vegan
For those who like things to be clear and definite...I'm sorry. I don't think that there's one straightforward answer which will suit everyone.
What I did with the non-vegan things that I owner prior to going vegan
When I first became vegan, I had silk saris, leather chairs, leather seats in the car, woollen clothing etc. As I researched and learned more about non-plant based materials I decided not to buy any more of these products but I kept the ones I had.
I couldn't justify disposing of them and I wasn't ready to replace them so it seemed a good idea to continue to use them.
Then, there were other items which I gave away because I didn't look at them in the same way. I just didn't want to use them any more.
I changed the car I drove when the time was right
As time went on, I wanted more alignment, more consistency and more satisfaction with the things around me so, I reduced the clothes I had, we replaced the leather chairs and when we bought a new car, we got one without leather seats.
It was all in good condition, so I gave it away to people I knew or used Freecycle or sold it or made donations to shops that raise money for charity, such as, St. Luke's and Trinity Homeless Projects.
Do I own and use anything which is not vegan?
I still have some things which I've kept because they have sentimental value or because I still use them. Do whatever feels right for you. Everything doesn't have to happen all at once. :)
“Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.”
- Henry David Thoreau