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Although I am a new vegetarian, I have been into animal rights for a while. Unfortunately, my car has leather seats. It was the only car I could afford at the time. Also, I have many leather shoes that I had bought years ago, before I was a vegetarian.
What advice would you give to someone in my situation? I can't afford to get a new car, nor can I afford to re-upholster my car. Nor can I afford to replace my shoes.
I don't want to feel guilty every time I get dressed or every time I get in my car.
Thank you! I definitely do not buy any leather products, and I shop for animal friendly products. I love Dr Martens boots, and I am happy that they offer vegan products. When it's time to replace, I will definitely go to them.
Use your car and shoes. It's okay to use what you have right now, just make a mental note not to buy such things in the future.
I'm a vegan in a similar situation - even if you do reupolster, do you throw away the leather or give it a proper burial? ...
It's easy to feel guilty if you find that a pillow actually has down, or you just ate a stir fry and someone tells you they used butter in it, or any number of unavoidable situations. A few years ago when my grandfather was dying, we visited him for Easter and he made a ham for the family. What do you say to one person whom you greatly admire and love in such a situation? He came to me with the plate and a proud grin...well, needless to say one must sometimes weigh their convictions with what one is capable of accomplishing. I make every effort humanly possible to keep my life humane - even relegating myself to lettuce salad more times than I care to recall... Sorry, but unless you can get some cloth seats from a junkyard or you want to go with a thread and needle and some ingenuity, I don't have much more I can really offer. Best of luck!
There's always the possibility of selling your care and shoes to get a new car and shoes?
I have had this discussion on MANY VEGAN SITES. You will NEVER be 100% vegan/vegetarian.....it is IMPOSSIBLE unless you live in a log cabin, with a dirt floor and NEVER walk on the street again. Who knew tires except MICHELIN are animal based? I paid 600$ for new tires in JULY and was livid when I found out there were animal parts in them. When I investigated I found out that carpet, china dishes, linoleum, drywall, plywood, ceramic tile, plastic, cardboard, wall paper, cellophane, ink, wax paper and thousand of other things including bridges, the street u drive on etc......these all contain some kind of animal part........yes leather seats are bad.....you can't just sell the car...cover them....when u do get another car you'll know better.....quite a few people I know that went VEGAN in the last 2 years never tossed their leather shoes...(they did get rid of any fur, leather coats etc) but kept the neccessities....they just are not re-buying animal based items NOW. You have to do the best you can. I wish I could get any of my close friends to even give up meat let alone leather, so I commend you!
Covering the seats is a good idea. I already have a blanket over the backseat for the dogs. I only wear one pair of leather shoes almost daily. In the summer I love my Converse all stars, so the leather shoes only come out for special occasions (mainly funerals, Christenings, etc).
I need new tires for my car, so thanks for the tip.
I guess I am looking for some validation from some like minded people. I don't want to say I'm vegetarian and then be a hypocrite having leather goods. I am happy to say, that, I got rid of all of my leather and suede jackets. And I am NOT going to buy anymore.