GreenLoverJ

Bondage Goes Vegan

In Fetish on September 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Just last weekend, I was chatting with a friend about her challenge finding a vegan riding crop. She loves to abuse her man, but she hates hurting a cow to do it. So she makes sure all of her bondage and fetish gear is 100% vegan. I am quite naive when compared to this particular cuffs and crops connoiseur. “Can’t you just by cheap fake stuff?” She threw her hand to her chest and gasped (so dainty for a dominatrix). “I will not resort to cheap just because I am trying to practice some kindness to my fellow beings on the planet.”

Touche.

So after some research, I found out that it’s not just the animals who are saved by a pleather and faux fur fetishist. The planet gets a little love, too.

According to www.unreasonable.org, turning an animal hide into leather (and then into a stunning set of cuffs and cat o’ nine) causes wear and tear on our eco-system, and deeming the practice “a gross consumer of energy.” The hide is soaked, tanned (likely chrome tanned), dyed, dried, and finished. The major issue in this process is the chrome tanning. First, the whole point of tanning is to make it last forever…and thus make it no longer biodegradable. Second, if chrome tanning is used (usually the case), the waste contains chromium (which is bad). And for what it’s worth, leather kills a cow, and who even knows how that cow lived before it became your bedside bondage.

So there we go. Buy vegan fetish gear. It’s all good and it’s getting easier every day. Just google “vegan fetish gear” and you will find a plethora of pleather peddlers (wow, coffee makes me alliterate). And my two cents…feel free to get the cheap fake stuff.

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