I've been on the hunt for two new additions to my wardrobe lately: hiking boots and warm coats for British winter. Unfortunately the best boots are mostly leather and the best coats are mostly part wool. Now, I have a big problem buying these things because of obvious reasons but I also have a problem buying cheap, disposable fashion. Then I wondered if I could solve the probelm by buying these items used.
I discussed this a little with a friend but he seemed to think that even buying second hand is increasing the demand for leather and wool and will also mean someone else who may buy it new would miss out (mind you he eats meat, the bastard). But I can't really think of another way around it so am putting it out there for people's suggestions.
Geoff and I also want new slippers. Mine have been chewed to death by the dog and have been sewn and resewn and gaffa taped too many times. I've tried synthetic slippers but they are terrible; they are very sweaty and don't last a single season (especially if the dog gets to them). I don't want to buy wool but is there a more ethical alternative with the same quality? Pamela Anderson made some out of guilt for starting the UGG craze but it doesn't list what they are made of and I can't find any reviews for them (not to mention the price!). Pammy also suggests Stella McCartney or juicy boots but the later doesn't have any on her site and the latter is made for women who want to dress like Pamela Anderson. This is not me.
Please help me keep warm!