Sometimes on the vegan journey you might come across moral and ethical grey areas. For instance, you love your new luxurious yet eco-friendly car but then discover it has leather on the steering wheel. What do you do? While it’s easy to switch cosmetics, food and other non-vegan foods to their vegan alternatives, larger goods such as cars are not as easy to shift.
- How to Stop Using Leather
For starters, there’s obviously a distinction between becoming vegan after you’ve had your car for a while and buying a new car that has leather. If you’re looking for a new car, make non-leather a priority. If, however, you already own a car that has leather, you might not want to sell it and that’s okay. You could cover up a steering wheel in cloth or other material, for instance, if you don’t want to look like you’re promoting leather. Leather seats can also be covered up. Or, perhaps get them both reupholstered.
- The Problem with Tires
It’s not just leather that is a problem: sometimes tires contain stearic acid which can be taken from animal products. If your tires are almost new and still in working order, it might not be practical to change them to a vegan option - it’s also costly. However, the next time they’re ready to be changed, go for a brand that uses plant-based products (such as Michelin).
- DIY Vegan Car Cleaner
What about cleaning your car? Some of the products on the market contain animal products but you can make your own car cleaner with the following ingredients:
- 1 teaspoon plant-based soap
- 5 litres hot water
- 1 cup Borax
This can be used to clean your car on the outside and inside. You can also make use of green tea leaves to make your fabric seats have a good clean. Just place them on your seats and leave them for about 10 or 15 minutes, then vacuum them up.
- Change As You Grow on the Vegan Journey
The important thing to remember on the vegan journey is that old saying about how when you know better, you do better. Sometimes animal ingredients slip in without you realising them. This can happen in your food, cosmetics, or other possessions. It’s not always easy to spot them but when you discover them, then you’re empowered to change them. You don’t have to be stuck with them!
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