I'm Vegan, should I still wear leather or wool?
I stop wearing clothes and accessories made from animals, but I'm never quite sure what to do with the items that I still have from more than a decade ago. I've given most things away, but I have some old shoes and a few things that I are still meaningful to me.
The decision to wear your animal leather garments as a vegan is a personal choice and is going to vary among individuals based on their beliefs, values, and reasons for being vegan. As you know Veganism isn't just a food choice it's often a lifestyle that seeks to avoid the use of animal products in all aspects of life, including clothing, handbags, cleaning products etc...
While some vegans may choose to continue wearing their old leather garments for various reasons, such rewearing their wardrobe, not buying new and others may decide to abstain from wearing them to align their actions with their values. For some it's an easy choice for other it can be a hard decision.
Veganism is often motivated by concerns for animal welfare, environmental sustainability, and personal health. Wearing leather perpetuates demand for animal products, as it indirectly supports the leather industry. Additionally, some vegans may find it contradictory to wear items made from animal skins when they have committed to avoiding all forms of animal exploitation.
I have some vegan leather garments that other people often think are animal leather. It just show you how much fashion is changing with all the new and innovative fashion choice we have now. We don't need to buy animal leather.
I have a wool sweater that my grandmother made and wore. I wear it when I tired, or a bit under the weather. It gives me comfort and reminds me of her. Clothing has memory and it's up to each of us to figure out what works for us. I have a pair of leather boots that someone gave me about 15 years ago and I'm not ready to let them go. I can't wear animal leather jackets anymore and I've given those all away and replaced them with some vegan leather jackets that I just love.
Our thinking and feeling about clothing isn't always rational. It's caught up in memory and emotion. Ultimately, the decision is up to the you, and you'll consider your personal beliefs, values, and the reasons you adopted a vegan lifestyle in the first place.