The Vegan Closet - A Search for Answers

October 21, 2013


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?

old boots

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!

vegan bag

Last spring, I found this teal tote at Buckle. It’s my first vegan-leather purchase!

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

Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.


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