Hi, I'm new here so please excuse me if you feel this is a stupid question, I've been vegan since January this year and since then I've brought nothing into our home which has caused any animal harm or suffering. My question though is this, I hesitate to call myself vegan because I do still own things which aren't vegan, my favourite leather boots for example which I've owned for over a decade, does that stop me from being vegan?
one group of people is afraid that using non-vegan items might perpetuate the impression that those are ok to use.
Another group graphically claims that throwing away old animal products would be akin to pi**ing on the animal's grave, after it had to die for your use of the product.
I personally would be ok with using non-vegan items from the time before I went vegan - for example, I also kept some warm leather boots for the winter - but I find that I am not wearing them, as they disgust me and I do not want to touch them. I wear my "Vegetarian Shoes" Airseal boots with extra socks instead ....
So what to do....maybe give the stuff to a collection or second-hand-shop.
Being someone that became mainly vegan for environmental reasons: throwing away clothes to buy new clothes is always a bad idea, you are supporting even more consumerism with this.
On the other hand I can see that people do not want to be associated to leather any longer but please give those items to friends or second hand shops instead of throwing them out.
I myself own an old leather jacket, down sleeping bag, wool underwear and these kind of things and I still wear them because I am again consumerism.