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Minneapolis Vegan Meetup Message Board › Black Leather Jacket...what to do with it?

Black Leather Jacket...what to do with it?

A former member
Post #: 4
Hey, folks

So I'm slowly but surely getting rid of my animal-based belongings but I've come upon a dilemma:

I have a leather jacket but am not sure what to do with it since it has holes in the sleeve.

I thought I'd ask the question and see what I should do. I ask because I HATE throwing things away (even if they're animal-based and could be used by someone other than me) but am also in an ethical conundrum of "Why shouldn't I just throw this away since giving it away would be condoning the use of animal products.

The same thing goes for two wool and alpaca sweaters that I have.

I'd appreciate some thoughts on the matter.

A former member
Post #: 1
I had the same dilemma about several pairs of shoes. I ended up giving them away. Throwing them away won't save any animals, and if you give them away, someone who might otherwise buy new will have them, or someone who really needs them will get them. (Can the jacket sleeves be patched? If so, post in Free stuff on Craigslist.)

On the other hand, you could give them a nice burial.
Melissa M.
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Minneapolis, MN
Post #: 14
I think we have all dealt with this dilemma at one point in our vegan journey or another, and I'm glad you're thinking about this. I agree that throwing the items away does not help in the grand scheme of things environmentally speaking. I would also content that selling them (even on Craig's list, a consignment shop, or thrift store) only continues to perpetuate the use of animals as commodities. What I usually recommend to people is to continue using the items (if you feel that is appropriate) OR donate them to a charity that is not going to sell them.

First, in terms of still using them...I still have a coat that is a wool blend. Honestly, I use the coat (and my subsequent vegan coats) as conversation opportunities to engage people in the cruelty of wool, down, and fur.

If, however, you are sickened at the mere thought of continuing to wear such as item (as I was with my down coat), take this as an opportunity to help someone else in need. I donated mine to:

Street Outreach to people who are homeless (http://ststephensmpls...­)

Other great programs include:
Ready for Success (http://readyforsucces...­)
Sabathani Community Center (http://www.sabathani....­)
Many churches or food shelves will take clothing donations

If you have any real fur items, Cuddle Coats is an awesome program:­
A former member
Post #: 5
Thanks so much, Donna and Melissa! I will more than likely be giving this away to the link you posted, Melissa (Street Outreach).

So glad that I can give this away to someone who will need it, but not have it being sold to perpetuate the idea of animal skin being cool.

Ahhhh. One less piece of clothing in my current efforts to downsize my wardrobe and get rid of animal products in them :)
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