That is the question.
Two years ago, I was hanging with a vegan acquaintance in the city and somehow ended up in a clothing store with her. Imagine that, right? Lol, she was looking for a winter coat because of the weather transitioning from NYC fall weather to NYC winter weather real quick. She kept searching and was upset that the coats they had were all “down” and I’m looking all puzzled, because of not knowing what that meant.
“Down” is a term which means that manufactures had taken the feathers from geese or ducks, and put them inside the coats and/or jackets.
I may not be the sharpest knife in the draw, however I’m pretty fucking sure that must be painful process for the animals and unnecessary. We have all these technological advances in the present and we still causing harm to animals for the sake of keeping warm?
In my opinion, there are no such thing as being 100% vegan when it comes to materials that we use every day, so you have to do with the best you can afford. For example, there are people with the vegan lifestyle that still wear leather shoes, belts, or jackets (poor cows) however they were items they had before living this particular lifestyle. The choices you’d have is either throw them away, give them away, sell them or continue to wear them.
Certain vehicles have animal by-products within them. This is why certain people with the lifestyle prefer to bike ride.
What are Non-vegan materials to look out for?
Beware of fur, leather, suede, wool, silk, horsehair, and the list goes on. You should check your inventory and be surprised how many items are made from these materials. If you choose to knowingly buy items with these materials, then you should understand that you’re investing in further production of and pain of living beings. Being a conscious consumer isn’t easy at first, however in time it’ll be simple
What are vegan material alternatives?
Some vegan alternatives include organic cotton, faux suede, faux leather, microfibers, hemp, polyester, faux silk and recycled Eco-friendly material. More options can be mentioned; however by now you get the idea that living cruelty free is possible once arming yourself with knowledge to apply. It may be a lot to handle at first because you have to look at your clothing to see the material that are used, the boots you use during the winter snow, or gloves you own. I still have my military boots and gloves and they remind me to buy vegan alternatives to the items.
You have a bit of information and should understand by now that food isn’t your only concerns with the vegan lifestyle. The material items you use may play a role in the life of a living being. Be mindful of that.