After taking the plunge into being vegetarian or vegan, you might be pretty uncomfortable with the leather, fur, and other animal products in your closet. The list is pretty endless: from winter coats stuffed with feathers from geese to boots made from sheepskin. But what do you do with all your stuff?
Some places say to get rid of all your animal products immediately, but the truth? It’s up to you, and there shouldn’t be any judgement. If you want to be cruelty-free, there’s only one rule: don’t support companies that use animal products or test their products on animals. That means no more buying the season’s trendiest leather jacket or that popular moisturizer that’s tested on rabbits. But you most likely already have clothing items or products in your home that don’t meet these requirements, and that’s OK.
If you want to rid your life of animal products immediately, go for it: Donate what you can to your nearest Goodwill, and toss the rest. But if you have a pair of worn-out leather shoes you wear every day, don’t feel bad about making sure they get their full use before throwing them out. If a life was given to make a product, there’s no point in putting it in the garbage and letting that life go to waste.
In the end, there are 100 people who are going to tell you 100 different ways to live your life, but you’re the only one who gets to decide how to live it. Going cruelty-free and trying to figure out a new lifestyle can be hard, and no one should have to feel like they need to get rid of everything they own all at once. Decide what works best for you and stick with it: Over time, you’ll be living that #VeganLife to the fullest — you just don’t have to go broke and naked in the process.