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Leather vs. Pleather

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I am not a vegan. Even if I was a vegan I would still choose real genuine leather over fake, plastic, pleather. The day that carnivores stop eating cows will be the day people should stop using leather. Until then I believe in using Head to Tail. If you haven’t heard about Head to Tail eating then you can read about it here… http://suite101.com/article/head-to-tail-eating-a48906. The Inuit would kill whales for food but would then use every part for something. It’s more respectful to the animal. Same with leather. Why throw it away? Why waste a perfectly usable by-product of the meat industry?

There are times when I have to make decisions. I will not always choose what other people would. My hope will be that whatever I choose will last a long time and cause relatively low environmental impact. Not everything will be made of hemp, organic cotton or be second-hand. Occasionally it might be leather. I am not sure how leather rates on the environmental scale but it has to be better than plastic, imo.

I was searching for a replacement for my thrift store purse a few weeks ago. After buying what I thought was an acceptable new thrift store purse I was told by numeros coworkers that it really was awful. Surprise! I really thought it was better than the one before (also thrift). So I decided that on our recent trip to Vegas I would find the purse I needed.

What did I need? Something relatively big, but not too big. Small, but not too small. Durable. Not white. There are a million purses out there. I just don’t want a million in my closet. Just one… or maybe two.

Seat belt purses really interest me. There are some great pictures of those type of purses here… http://www.curbly.com/users/modhomeecteacher/posts/6246-recycled-seat-belt-bags.

But I ended up finding a really nice Chinese Laundry Purse in the Planet Hollywood, Miracle Mile Shops. It was originally $240, on sale for $99, and compared to the $3 – $5.50 I spent on my last two purses, officially the most money I have ever spent on a purse. But I only have one purse. I plan to have it for years and years.

It’s genuine leather.

They put the purse in a bag. I promptly took the purse out of the bag so that some other person could use it instead of me.


p.s. an added argument for argument sake… Is the plastic industry using vegan-friendly marketing to sell more plastic?

Please feel free to comment.

Some quotes for you all…

I’m a vegan, but you can be really unhealthy as a vegan, too. Vegan just means that you don’t use animal products, so you don’t wear leather, you don’t wear wool, and you don’t eat animal products. But you can eat French fries and stuff like that all day long.

Emily Deschanel


Sid Vicious


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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