|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
A Spotlight on Vegan Companies and Businesses
throughout the United States and a few beyond - updated May 2006
by M. 'Butterflies' Katz
co-author of Incredibly Delicious; Recipes for a New Paradigm
by Gentle World www.gentleworld.org
The Walk Higher company was started as a vision of helping those who advocate for animals in distress, thus hoping to become a small link in a chain of human compassion.
"We were inspired to start our company after becoming more educated on the subject of animal cruelty, specifically, after viewing a copy of Peaceable Kingdom produced by Tribe of Heart." says Jeanie Liber, the CEO of Walk Higher, LLC.
"I became vegan on the same day, after viewing the movie. A portion of the company s proceeds will go to organizations that are working to prevent cruelty to animals. We are hoping to create a pro-active environment in the lighting of each candle. We chose a bio-based vegan soy candle as a symbol to light a path, to illuminate the issue of animals suffering globally" to quote Jeanie Liber.
Located in Dallas Texas, the products they sell happen to be vegan. However, they sell products in which care has been taken in production to protect the environment and the community. Such as their organic fair trade coffee, and the wind chimes are made with the environment in mind (95% of the waste is recycled and biodegradable soap is used for cutting).
Company owner, Stephen Betzen, is vegan at home and work. He further explains, "When people make valid attempts to cater to my diet, I usually will eat what they offer (will not touch flesh of any kind though) as I do not want them to be bitter about this kind of choice. As a result I know of many of my friends and people at my church have cut the meat in their diet and one family is in transition to a vegetarian diet. I have been vegetarian for 5 years and vegan for 1. My wife Rachel Betzen helps me part of the time and she is vegan. She has been vegetarian for 7 years and vegan for 1."
The Bag Lady produce Ultrasuede and Ultraleather purses that are ergonomically designed. "These are man-made fabrics and we do state in our literature that our products are 'cruelty free'."
When asking the company owner, Mindy Oberne, if she is a vegan, she says, "I confess I'm not, though I have considered it, and may some day. I am an animal lover and do support our local 'no kill' shelter."
Mindy's business has been around for 22 years. Her wallet/purse is designed with a built-in wallet for space efficiency, organization and convenience. May be worn as a shoulder bag or fanny pack. Two sizes, over 10 colors.
!I'm not a vegan, but I do like the idea of using non animal materials--it's totally logical as these upholstery weight fabrics are as tough as leather, but are a fraction of the weight and can be machine washed and dried" explains Mindy.
The Bagg lady is located at
13169 Twin Star Lane, Grass Valley, CA. 95949