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Welcome back to our weekly Debate Thread! It was supposed to go up yesterday, but better late than never. :)

So, as the title asks: should vegans wear or use second-hand leather, wool, or other reusable animal products? Do you wear leather boots that you bought before you went vegan? Would you use wool yarn for a knitting project if you inherited the yarn from a friend who didn't want it anymore?

This is more of an intra-vegan debate. There are good arguments on both sides. What do you think?

Welcome back to our weekly Debate Thread! It was supposed to go up yesterday, but better late than never. :) So, as the title asks: should vegans wear or use second-hand leather, wool, or other reusable animal products? Do you wear leather boots that you bought before you went vegan? Would you use wool yarn for a knitting project if you inherited the yarn from a friend who didn't want it anymore? This is more of an intra-vegan debate. There are good arguments on both sides. What do you think?

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I always buy vegan if I am buying new items, but I do buy second-hand leather or wool items from time to time. I think that once it has been created, the harm has been done and the item may as well be used. I don't think that buying second-hand clothing or furniture contributes much to demand. Most people don't buy their furniture and clothing based on the resale value - selling the item is more an afterthought once they're done with the item.

Buying secondhand is a reasonable ethical option especially for certain products that are hard to find in vegan versions. I have leather seats in my used car and I think it would have been difficult to find a good used car without leather. Likewise I don't think that there is any reasonable vegan substitute for a down sleeping bag for winter camping or a down jacket. Synthetic bags and jacket are really only suitable for 3 season use.