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    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 9th Nov 16, 5:00 PM
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    Vegan Living & Ethical Buying
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    • 9th Nov 16, 5:00 PM
    Vegan Living & Ethical Buying 9th Nov 16 at 5:00 PM
    Hi,

    I'm not sure if there is a thread which covers this already but I am a vegan who tries to consume as ethically as possible and wondered if there is anyone else out there trying to do the same thing in as much of a money saving way as possible!??

    I have recently had an increase in income and have therefore decided that from this day forward I will no longer purchase anything from any organisation that doesn't produce their goods ethically. It means that I will no longer use supermarkets; will either buy fresh products from a local organic box scheme or local organic producers; toiletries, household products and dry/tinned goods will be from a wholesale cooperative or a local health food shop.

    Tomorrow I will look at a greener energy provider- I can't afford solar panels at the moment but I can look at renewable electricity suppliers. I already bank with an ethical bank and am basing all my choices on ratings via the ethical consumer website.

    I know that this isn't going to be easy, not using any mainstream shops is going to take a lot of planning but I think its worth doing and hope that I'm not alone!!
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    • savvy
    • By savvy 12th Jan 18, 9:34 PM
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    I have leather shoes, belts and a jacket that I bought before I knew any better. I decided to wear them until they basically wear out and are beyond repair and then replace them with vegan alternatives.
    Originally posted by pile-o-stone
    I do this as well, certainly wasn't in a position to replace everything! Not only that, it's not great for the environment hey
    • Theonewhoknows
    • By Theonewhoknows 13th Jan 18, 12:59 PM
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    That is lovely! I am vegan myself but I don't bother too much about where do I buy from... I just don't want to eat or abuse animals and that's it.
    • Ben84
    • By Ben84 13th Jan 18, 4:59 PM
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    I do this as well, certainly wasn't in a position to replace everything! Not only that, it's not great for the environment hey
    Originally posted by savvy
    That's what I thought about my remaining leather items from before going vegan. Throwing them out doesn't benefit animals, so I figure there's no reason to do it.

    I think a big part of how I feel however is not guilt for once eating and wearing animals, but positivity about not doing it any more. Possibly one of the big barriers to people going vegan is having to reconsider years of not being vegan - I guess going vegan is deciding it didn't really match your ethics, but that shouldn't be a factor. Today is today, choose things based on where you are now.
    • debtfreeforlife
    • By debtfreeforlife 13th Jan 18, 7:06 PM
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    I also keep on using leather items - I used a leather purse and handbag for a long time, and have just replaced them with a Matt & Nat handbag and purse.

    On shoes, it's slightly trickier - I do my best, but I'm a woman with size 9 feet so I'm limited in shoe options anyway. I keep re-heeling a few pairs of boots I own, but they're almost at the end of their lifecycle. Can anyone recommend an online vegan store which does non-standard shoe sizes?
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    • Ben84
    • By Ben84 14th Jan 18, 2:38 PM
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    I also keep on using leather items - I used a leather purse and handbag for a long time, and have just replaced them with a Matt & Nat handbag and purse.

    On shoes, it's slightly trickier - I do my best, but I'm a woman with size 9 feet so I'm limited in shoe options anyway. I keep re-heeling a few pairs of boots I own, but they're almost at the end of their lifecycle. Can anyone recommend an online vegan store which does non-standard shoe sizes?
    Originally posted by debtfreeforlife
    If you're after trainers and walking boots, I suppose any size nine will do, or are men's shoes distinct in some way? I've been really happy to find the Johnscliffe KATHMANDU shoes, they're synthetic materials (although many retailers don't state this so double check before buying in case they ever change materials), and they're pretty cheap at ~£40, very comfortable and long lasting. I've had a couple of pairs now, they're some of the longer lasting shoes I've owned, so the extra £10 or so price is actually worth it financially as well as for vegan reasons.
    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 14th Jan 18, 4:00 PM
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    I also keep on using leather items - I used a leather purse and handbag for a long time, and have just replaced them with a Matt & Nat handbag and purse.

    On shoes, it's slightly trickier - I do my best, but I'm a woman with size 9 feet so I'm limited in shoe options anyway. I keep re-heeling a few pairs of boots I own, but they're almost at the end of their lifecycle. Can anyone recommend an online vegan store which does non-standard shoe sizes?
    Originally posted by debtfreeforlife
    Some of New Look's shoes are vegan, and may be able to offer something in your size at a reasonable/affordable price.
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    • debtfreeforlife
    • By debtfreeforlife 15th Jan 18, 10:24 PM
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    Thanks for the suggestions, unfortunately New Look lie when it comes to the sizing of their shoes! About ten years ago they made a change to their style and their 9s are no longer 9s - they feel like 8s. The only high street shops which work for size 9s are Shoe Zone, Evans and Deichmanns. I buy men's running shoes and Ethletic general trainers, but I was wanting to replace my lovely knee high boots. After checking every single shoe website on ethical consumer (why do so few offer a 'search by size' option?) I've found a gorgeous pair on Will's Vegan Shoes online. Not at all cheap, but I very very rarely buy shoes (I bought two new pairs last year, and before that I hadn't bought anything in at least three years) so I'll happily pay for ethical shoes that fit me and will last. I got Christmas money which I don't know what to spend on, so might spend on those.
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    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 16th Jan 18, 9:01 AM
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    Thanks for the suggestions, unfortunately New Look lie when it comes to the sizing of their shoes! About ten years ago they made a change to their style and their 9s are no longer 9s - they feel like 8s. The only high street shops which work for size 9s are Shoe Zone, Evans and Deichmanns. I buy men's running shoes and Ethletic general trainers, but I was wanting to replace my lovely knee high boots. After checking every single shoe website on ethical consumer (why do so few offer a 'search by size' option?) I've found a gorgeous pair on Will's Vegan Shoes online. Not at all cheap, but I very very rarely buy shoes (I bought two new pairs last year, and before that I hadn't bought anything in at least three years) so I'll happily pay for ethical shoes that fit me and will last. I got Christmas money which I don't know what to spend on, so might spend on those.
    Originally posted by debtfreeforlife
    Glad you found some in the end. At least you know these will last you years. If they are true to size then even better
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    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 17th Jan 18, 8:30 AM
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    Leather - When I first became veggie as a teenager i gave away all my leather things so I never had the issue when I became vegan in all honesty, there are arguments for and against and I can see the validity in those arguments. For me I no longer felt comfortable with wearing it and I felt guilty for my previous choices so didn't want a constant reminder

    Nothing much to report...doing very well on using up current stocks of food, I'm sticking to my budget now and I've got a weekend of peace ahead of me - I'm really looking forward to it!
    15 Month Challenge: House - £35/£15000 Mortgage - £300/£19000 Jan Spends: Food £93.52/£300; Petrol £0/£300; Persie £0/ £300
    MFW No. 167 £300/ £15000
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