Moving home is stressful. However, moving home to create a vegan household makes you notice previous surroundings that were not vegan, cruelty free or environmentally friendly.
Leather sofas? Eight years ago I bought a leather sofa for the lounge and at that time I was a carnist and did not care about laying on dead skin for MY comfort and style. Since becoming vegan in 2017 I did not feel comfortable or happy to take the leather sofa to my new address, but had realised it was not environmentally friendly to dispose of the leather sofa either. I have decided to include the sofa in the sale of my property but is this a fair compromise? Or have I palmed off the problem onto someone else?
Cooking books? I own an array of recipes that focus on meat, fish, dairy and milk. But what do I do with them? To sell the books and give the proceeds to an animal charity is nice, but to sell the books is encouraging others to make these dishes! It was suggested to me that I burn the books, but that’s not positive for the environment, the trees that were used to create the books, fumes from burning the paper, waste, etc. Any suggestions would be welcomed.
Cleaning from top to bottom? Cleaning the home to yourself is a task and to ensure these jobs are completed cruelty free and environmentally friendly can be difficult. Household cleaning products have started to boom recently, with brands such as ‘Astonish’, ‘Method’, ‘Ecover’ and many others readily available on the high street to suit all budgets (‘Astonish’ is in most £1 shops or BM Stores). However, whilst sorting my cleaning products I noticed how many brands I had previously used and were not cruelty free or eco-friendly. Why had it taken me so long to make this change? Shower gels and soaps are also in abundance from companies such as ‘Original Source’, ‘Lush’, ‘Superdrug’, ‘Faith in Nature’, etc. Have a look around, there are so many on the market.
What to wear? I’m desperately trying to buy more cotton based clothing, items from charity shops and to recycle old garments where possible.
It can be challenging to be ‘so’ vegan sometimes, how vegan is vegan? How far do you take your veganism? I am still using products that I had before I was vegan because I cannot justify throwing them away. I gave away the vast majority of my food stock when I became vegan and that was financially difficult as I hadn’t just given away my food, but I had to spend a long time educating myself on new products and had to purchase them. I quickly learnt that products with the word ‘VEGAN’ on them had a slight price increase compared to those that didn’t display the word. I was slightly resentful at the time for being charged a premium for something that was environmentally, morally and ethically right. Nevertheless I restocked my shelves and learnt new ways to cook and have enjoyed having a diet that contains no animal suffering.
Moving home is time to reflect on changes and beginning a new chapter, but for me this has been additional time to reflect upon my lifestyle and the ways in which I live. To treat the planet with respect and love is incredibly important. To stand up for what is right and those beings who are unable to defend themselves. Personally I have become bolder as an individual since adopting a plant based diet and am far less tolerant to those who are careless, selfish, ignorant and rude to their way of living…
It’s time to wake up.