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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?

7 comments

[–] Cat 2 points (+4|-2)

Back when I was vegan I did buy leather and wool from second hand stores and clothing swaps. Leather really is better quality than most synthetic leather substitutes, especially ones you'll find in a second hand store. There's also the environmental impact of buying new clothes and the ethical consideration that a lot of textiles are produced in sweatshops or under abusive conditions such as American Apparel's sexual abuse of models.

I think in the end you should do what you like. If you're just vegan for the food but don't really care to purge your leather sporting goods, just do you.

[–] margerydaw [OP] 5 points (+5|-0)

Quality and durability are definitely the main drawbacks when it comes to vegan leather. I do buy synthetic leather boots and I end up having to replace them once every two years or so.

I don't think most vegans would accept such a thing as "vegan for the food" - we tend to call those people "plant-based dieters". Obviously everyone is free to do what they want, but the question that vegans usually consider is whether that action is the most ethical option.