In order to have a sensible approach to the 12 pieces of clothing I am allowed to buy this year, I made myself a shopping list. The list isn't definitive, and it will keep changing as time goes on. Right now, the list includes 5 items, and it looks like this:
- black, sleek "man boots"
- washing-machine-friendly skinny trousers in black or gray
- a black simple jersey t-shirt dress
- a shirt, white or blue
- a strapless bra
...and here's where it gets complicated. I added "a black leather jacket" - a wardrobe staple of sorts - to the list, and then crossed it out. It's the word "leather" there. I am starting to feel increasingly uncomfortable with leather.
It all started with red meat a long time ago. I am not against meat in general (I eat game and fish), but I am appalled by the way the meat industry treats its animals. I will not eat pork or beef because the treatment of the animals is disgusting and I don't approve of it. And yet I wear leather, which is mostly a by-product of the meat industry. So if I don't approve of the meat industry, why would I support the leather industry which in effect subsidizes it and makes money off the suffering of animals? The same goes with wool, whose production is immoral and disgusting.
I am not againt animal products in theory. If the animal had a good life, I wouldn't mind eating its meat or wearing its skin. I feel comfortable going fishing and eating the moose that my stepfather shot. But the reality is that the animals who became our shoes and leather jackets didn't have a good life. Most likely they suffered horribly.
I am not declaring anything specific in this post, I guess, except that I am starting to think that I will be unable to buy new leather and wool products in the future. The stuff I already have I'll keep wearing. I can live with that. As for the shopping list, when it comes to the black, sleek "man boots", it's too late to consider non-leather alternatives. Chris got me a pair of leather boots for my birthday. Until I figure things out, the boots will be the last leather item in my wardrobe. The leather jacket will stay off the list for now. I might try to find a nice pleather / synthetic one - if I can find a reasonably sustainable one, one that lasts. I also need to figure out how I feel about buying second hand leather.