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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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[–] shewolfoffrance 2 points (+3|-1)

Hey, I hope it's ok that I comment here. I'm a vegetarian, but not a vegan. If it's not ok, I apologize and please delete!

I'm interested in reducing food waste and limiting the environmental impact of the fashion industry. The textile industry and fast fashion are environmentally filthy, so I buy almost all of my clothes second hand. That said, I do use second hand wool and leather. I don't want to have a role in killing animals for textile production, but I also don't want the materials harvested from them to go to waste. I have a couple second-hand leather purses and wool sweaters that have lasted me for years, and are still going strong. I personally think it's better to make the most out of existing materials and products to reduce waste. I'm not ironclad in these beliefs and I am very interested in other opinions.

[–] margerydaw [OP] 4 points (+4|-0)

Yes, it's absolutely ok! Our "Debate Thread" series is open to anyone. :D

I think if someone is dead set on having a leather or wool item, second-hand is the way to go. However, my own belief is that it's better for vegans to eschew buying animal products even second-hand because it still creates demand for them in the second-hand market that reverberates to new clothing manufacturers and takes away an opportunity for a non-vegan who might have purchased the item used if they could find it but would buy a new one if they couldn't. Also, I kind of worry that sporting animal fashion lessons the stigma associated with wearing those items, which is why I waffle over whether wear them at all. I don't want to make them look cool, not that I'm any kind of fashionista trendsetter lol.