What should I do with my shoes and clothes that aren't vegan?
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