leather steering wheel

For those of you wondering… The Smart 2008 has a leather steering wheel and shifter. When we first got our Smart back in ’04 – leather was an option and we were so stoked we wrote the Smart company a letter thanking them for giving us a cruelty free option. Flash forward to ’08 and leather is now mandatory. No options. 🙁

So what to do. What to do. We spoke to our dealer about how we didn’t want the leather. He said there was no way to just switch them with a different steering wheel/shifter. He then suggested that when the car arrived they would strip the leather off and put on a fabric cover instead. Great. Or is it?

We went back and forth weighing out our options. The pros and cons. We’re not just vegan. Ya know? We also care a great deal about the carbon footprint we make. Going car-less is not an option for us. We have to use the car for work and it’s a necessary evil so we’ve chosen a car that makes a small footprint instead of a big one. We didn’t choose the smart because it’s quirky and cute. We chose it because it’s good on gas and has very low emissions and keeping the ’04 wasn’t an option (long boring story there).

If they make us a non-leather steering wheel … that’s just just one more item going into the landfill. So that’s not good for the planet. I’m trying to be less wasteful. Hmmm. Ok. So let’s get a different car with no leather but then it’s not as good on gas/emissions and that’s not good for the planet. Arrrghhh. So what to do?

We found ourselves in one of those sticky vegan situations in life where you have to look at the pros and cons and move forward the best way you can. It was a tough decision. We’re not happy the car has leather and I wrote a letter to Smart letting them know how bummed I am that they don’t have non-leather options anymore.

Gosh. With the leather steering wheel and the spider murder the other day … I’m really losing the vegan battle here.

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