It is common knowledge why people don’t wear fur. People know that fur is ethically and morally wrong, and a luxury they can live without. Leather is not generally seen in the same way. It’s more common, and the way leather is made seems to be hidden from mainstream society.
I used to think that leather was just the remains of animals and wearing it didn’t hurt animals in anyway, and I know a lot of my peers think this way too. However, it’s a misnomer. Purchasing leather supports slaughter houses; leather is the most demanded byproduct of the meat industry. Most of our leather is imported from India or China, where no animal welfare laws are enforced. Not only that, but if you buy leather made in China, your leather jacket, wallet, purse or shoes could be made of out dog or cat skin. You’d be supporting the cruel painful slaughter of our furry friends at home.
If you want to see vegan alternatives, there’s a whole list at www.peta.org, but vegan leather alternatives are becoming more and more easily accessible. I work at Free People, a women’s clothing boutique, and they have a whole vegan leather section. You can see how I wear my vegan leather jacket from Free People here.
Vegan Tuesdays have been surprisingly easy for me. There are so many vegan alternatives these days that I don’t get stuck, and since it’s only one day a week, I don’t find myself missing any dairy products.
I’ve been adding another day in as well. Last week I did vegan Tuesday Wednesday, the week before I did Tuesday Thursday.
As I start doing this more often, I notice vegan alternatives that I can use consistently to cut out more animal product. Here are a few:
Instead of coffee with half and half, I just drink it black with some cinnamon in it. If you don’t like black coffee, you probably won’t like this either. I think that a soy creamer would be just as good as half and half, but I can’t confirm that.
Instead of eggs and toast in the morning, I eat oatmeal or cereal. I LOVE cereal. I don’t know why, it’s one of my favorite things. Check out this easy oatmeal recipe. It’s delicious!
Instead of a bagel with cream cheese, I like to have a whole wheat bagel with avocado, lettuce and tomato. Not only is it animal and environmentally friendly, it’s way healthier! You could also mash up a ripe avocado to make it more like the consistency of cream cheese, or put hummus on your bagel.
Today, I went to a chinese restaurant for lunch, I had broccoli with tofu. It was SO good. Chinese food is a good option for vegans, there is generally no dairy and the eggs can be taken out pretty easily.
To Eating Ethically!
I have attempted veganism twice, both times with short-lived successs. The first time I lasted two months, the second time I lasted about six months, and haven’t considered going back until very recently. There is immense pain and suffering inflicted on animals through the production of dairy and eggs, and I don’t want to support this industry.
I’m a vegetarian, and I have been for just about my whole life (since I was five years old) so I’m not going through such a huge change. Regardless, cutting out animal byproducts is really difficult. I’m going to start slow, just once a week. I liked the idea of Meatless Mondays, so instead I’m going to try Vegan Tuesdays. Starting tomorrow, I will cut out all animal products every Tuesday, and work my way from there. Lowering my intake of animal products is way better than nothing, and I think that slowly changing my eating habits is more sustainable than switching cold turkey. We’ll see how it goes : )
I’m taking a photography class, and we just finished a portrait assignment, so I thought I’d share my final portraits with you guys. Enjoy!
Top to Bottom: Claudia, Jimmy, Mom.
I’ve learned a lot in my photo class already, and I definitely will use these skills in the photos here on the blog. I have found new ways to look at photos, and am excited to try some new things!