Since becoming a vegan I've realized there are so many blurred lines when it comes to the lifestyle. I, personally, try to weed out the things about being vegan that are just there for show. I run my vegan lifestyle the way I want it done- not because I want to break the rules- but because to me, being vegan is about morals and just as everyone's morals are different, their vegan lifestyle should be different as well. Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to claim I live a vegan lifestyle and drink cream in my coffee every morning, but I think there are lines that you need to draw for yourself based on how you really feel and not what a 'zine told you is right or wrong.
For me, the biggest issue has been leather. When first deciding to no longer eat meat I told myself I'd never buy another piece of clothing made from leather, so when it came to winter boots I opted for a synthetic, man made leather. Since then I've had to buy a new pair twice every winter due to boots just not holding their own in our harsh Canadian winters. This got me to thinking, Is this such a good choice? Is it all that great for the environment for me to send two pairs of synthetic boots to the dump every year? Is it great for my pocketbook to be spending roughly $50 on a new pair of boots every six months?
This caused a big problem for me. I live in Canada; our winters are harsh and wet, I can't trudge through the muck in a pair of boots filled with holes. How can I find a warm, durable pair of winter boots that are going to last me a really long time, not have to cost a little cow it's life, and not cost me an arm and a leg?
This is where reused leather boots come into the picture. So often rich people die or get bored of their $800 shoes and give them to thrift stores. Score for me! I would be putting them to good use (the only thing worse than killing an animal, is killing it for no good reason), they are durable, they will last years, and they are so. damn. cheap!
|Looking to buy this pair of vintage leather riding boots via pineapplemint for only $23|
Of course, this isn't going to be the case for everyone, but this is what I think is best for me, the environment, my wallet, and my conscience.
Stick by what you believe in, don't decide you're not going to do something you believe is right just because others aren't doing it too. Always remember that when you look into the mirror at the end of the day, you are the only person you need to face.
"It'll destroy you if you try to make it mean anything to anyone but yourself." - Henry Rollins