Dear Peaceful Dumpling Readers,
Even though I’ve been eating vegan foods and using vegan body products for over a year now, I’m still in a process of transitioning to the vegan lifestyle. I could really use your help thinking of ways to help transition my closet of clothes to a cruelty-free, peaceful dumpling wardrobe. I still have most of my leather items from my pre-vegan days. Eventually, I’d like to be leather-free, but I’m kind of torn about what to do with my non-vegan clothes in the meantime.
I’ve got a pair of leather boots that I wore throughout my college years. They’ve gotten me through Pennsylvania snow and Oregon rains. They fit well and go nicely with most outfits. Like many of my leather items, they hold functional as well as sentimental value. At the same time, I worry it may be hypocritical for me to go on wearing them. Did you ever find yourself in this dilemma?
I want to do what’s best for our planet. I know can donate my boots (a sustainable option), but I also understand that going out and buying a new pair, even if vegan, may not be the most sustainable choice. If you were ever in a similar situation, what did you do?
I understand that you all probably have unique solutions to this issue, and that it ultimately comes down to my personal preference. I don’t believe there is one right answer out there. Nevertheless, I’d love to hear about your own transitions—even if you’re still making them like me!
Also, I’m curious to hear your recommendations for vegan, leather-free alternatives. Do you have a favorite material, brand, or store?
With love and peace,
Photo: Patiencehouse via Flickr, Mary Hood