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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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[–] InvisibleWoman 0 points (+0|-0)

I think in many cases, buying second hand leather and wool is a more ethical choice. As others have already said, the harm has been done, and I feel it is better that it is used rather than discarded. Second hand fashion has gotten extremely popular and many brands are now copying the looks and silhouettes, but I don't think this is happening because of us or that we can really stop it. Those brands would have used unethical materials and labour regardless. We shouldn't buy from brands that use these materials, and should always be vocal about our boycotts. Everyone should be more mindful of who they give money to, including second hand retailers. Many of them are owned by unethical parent companies.

That being said, I have stopped buying animal materials because I don't feel comfortable paying for animal body parts. I do own 4 items made of either leather or wool. I bought all of them second hand when I was already vegan, and I feel I am morally obligated to respect them. Maybe that's ridiculous but it means a lot to me to know I respect them. If I gave them away, they might be discarded, or someone might be careless with them. I am ensuring that they get worn out and recycled when they are no longer wearable, if possible. Besides the shoes have moulded themselves after my feet, I doubt anyone will benefit from them as much as I do.

I'm currently not buying any clothing, new or otherwise, and trying to see how much I can do with what I already have. It's quite an interesting challenge and really brings into focus ethical questions of consumption like this one.