Happy new year everyone! May it be a happy and healthy one for you! 2018 was the year I went fully vegan, not only as a diet but also with my style choices. I owned a lot of leather accessories, especially bags and shoes and sold quite a few of them. But then I needed replacements for those leather items and a lot of times these where just made out of plastic, because that´s what vegan leather still is mostly.
At the beginning I didn’t notice that what I did was not sustainable at all. I should have worn what I already owned instead of buying new plastic items. Because in the end that is what sustainable style is all about: wearing what you already have. It would not have caused any more harm for the animals or our planet.
It took me nearly a year to fully realise the mistakes I made. Now, instead of only focusing on avoiding leather, wool, silk and other animal sourced fabrics, I also see sustainability as an really important factor. And that made me rethink my vegan, and not so sustainable, style choices. I now would never buy a new leather bag, or a silk shirt, but I would do so second-hand. It´s much more sustainable than buying those items new and vegan.
Buying vegan fabrics, just for the sake of it, is going to cause more problems in the long run than it solves. It took me quite some time to understand that, but now that I know, I don´t aim to make my wardrobe fully vegan anymore. Yes I know there are some vegan options that are sustainable and whenever there is an opportunity to buy those, I am all here for it, but second-hand leather, wool and silk are going to be a part of my wardrobe and that´s ok. Cheers to a year of sustainable wardrobe choices, bring it on 2019!
Jumper – & Other Stories (old )
Jeans – Monki ( old )
Boots – Corvari ( old )
Scarf – H&M ( old )
I am actually a bit scared to upload this post, because I know this is a sensitive topic and some of you might think my way is not the right one to go, but for me it is and I always want to be honest with you. That´s why I am sharing it anyway and I hope we can agree that everyone is going their own path when it comes to sustainable style and veganism. In the end we are all trying our best to make a difference, and that´s what counts, right?!
What do you think about vegan fashion and sustainability? Do you think they can go hand in hand? Leave me a comment. I wish you the best day ever!
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