If you’re thinking about making your closet vegan, you may wonder how to start. Switching from a plant-based diet to a closet that does not contain fabrics and materials from animals is a significant step. However, buying vegan clothes and accessories means refraining from buying leather, feathers, fur, wool, and silk. More and more often, accomplices of fast fashion—we buy low-cost animal-free materials.
To produce low-cost clothing, however, workers’ conditions, the environmental consequences, emissions, waste made, and the quality of materials are often neglected.
Having an ethical closet for me means:
I always try to be aware of what I’m buying when I buy something.
Where To Start, Then?
Take Into Account What You Have
Keep what you like and which does not come from animals. Set yourself free of the things you don’t want anymore and think about what you like to wear. If the product is not spoiled, consider donating it or supporting one of the charities near you. To make a great decluttering, read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever” by Marie Kondo, in which the writer proposes a Japanese method useful for reorganizing our spaces. In summary, she explains how to erase the extra stuff from our lives and how to keep what we love.
Get Rid Of What Comes From Animals
This is an opportunity to clean your closet of unused, low-quality clothing or clothing that no longer reflects what you think, believe, and are. Avoid anything that contains leather, feathers, silk, and wool.
You have two options: get rid of what is not vegan and buy new animal-free items or keep what contains animal derivatives up to when it will be usable and, in the future, replace it with animal-free options.
Personally, I opt for the second possibility. There is already enough waste in the world. Fortunately, we can evolve, change and make different choices every day.
If what was good yesterday is not good today, we can gradually adapt without generating further rejections. I have a lot of things I like that aren’t vegan (don’t judge me, if we’re here, it’s because we’re all trying our best), and there are several reasons why:
Invest In Quality Products
Start considering buying fewer things. Try to buy what you need, not just what you want. Choose pieces that you particularly like that are of good quality, and that will last in time.
Choose Sustainable And Animal-Free Brands
Try to support brands that believe in change and act daily to improve this world. Try to understand how much good you can do to the planet, yourself, and other living beings by choosing what to buy with awareness.