Using and Wearing Non-Vegan Products as a Vegan

Monday, 28 November 2016

Confession: I'm a vegan and I still wear leather boots. 


Let's just talk about this for a minute though. I bought the leather boots years before becoming vegan, even before I was vegetarian. They were bloody expensive and are really good quality. The damage was done when I handed over the money for said boots so, now that I'm vegan, is it still okay for me to wear the boots? 

Yes. It totally is.

Because the damage has already been done, I've already supported the brand by buying the product and it would be so wasteful for me to throw the boots away; a waste of that animal's life and a waste of a good pair of boots. 

Likewise, I use non-vegan beauty and cleaning products quite frequently because again, I bought them before I was vegan or was gifted them from someone. And that's okay. 

It's okay because I would never buy the products myself with my own money. It's okay because to throw them away would be horribly wasteful and would do no good for the environment. Once the products wear or run out then I will replace them with vegan alternatives. 

I'm still learning every single day about what ingredients are vegan and the sneaky ones to watch out for. I've made mistakes and bought things without thinking because they are things I have always bought. I still have a whole pile of beauty products that I've had for ages and am slowly making my way through that are not vegan. Does that make me not vegan? I wouldn't say so. 

I've seen people talk about how they threw away all their non-vegan products because they wanted to dive right into the lifestyle, which just seems like such a waste to me. You could give things away to friends or family if you really wanted to get rid of them but please don't put them to landfill. 

Veganism is a huge learning curve and it really does take time to make the full transition to living a 100% vegan lifestyle.

As long as you are doing the best you can, that's all that matters.

What do you think about this topic? Let me know in the comments below.

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