30 WOMEN-OWNED VEGAN BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT TODAY
These badass, sustainably focused, plant-based, innovative companies are changing the world one compassionate product at a time.
by SARAH MCLAUGHLIN
JULY 1, 2021
It’s time we put our money where our mouths are and support women entrepreneurs and innovators. Female-led companies don’t receive the same consideration as male-led businesses, receiving just 16 percent of business loans, despite employing over 8.4 million workers and generating $264 billion in payroll. These women-owned vegan companies are changing the game with compassionate, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free products, and we couldn’t be more excited to support them along the way.
1. OSEA Malibu
Founded by mother Jenefer and run by her oldest daughter Melissa Palmer as CEO, this sustainably focused, non-toxic, glass bottled skincare line utilizes the healing benefits of seaweed to provide natural products for conscious consumers. We’re absolutely obsessed with their gorgeous and calming Venice Beach-based skincare studio for facials and more.
2. Miyoko’s Creamery
From making incredible, award-winning cashew-based cheese wheels; to running a micro-sanctuary; to fighting off legislation trying to prevent her from using the words “butter” and “cheese” on her plant-based products; to traveling the country in a food truck giving out free vegan grilled cheese sandwiches, is there anything this powerhouse can’t do?
3. Kinder Beauty
Started by former Nickelodeon star Daniella Monet and former Harry Potter actress Evanna Lynch, this monthly beauty subscription box is 100-percent vegan and cruelty-free. Each box is filled with five gorgeous products and helps consumers discover the burgeoning world of natural beauty. These do-gooders even donate a portion of each box to help animal rights and environmental causes.
4. Plaine Products
Based in Cincinnati, OH, this women-owned company offers an eco-friendly alternative to single-use products and is on track to divert 500,000 plastic bottles from landfills by the end of 2021. Their line of toxin-free personal care products come in containers that are sent back to the company once empty to be cleaned, refilled, and returned to circulation.
5. The Naughty Cookie
If you haven’t had these gooey, fully loaded with chocolate chunks, plant-based cookies by owner and baker Jessica Motes … you’re definitely missing out. Choose between peanut butter chocolate chip, cookies and cream, ooey gooey s’mores, and potato-chip studded summer camp cookie. And, oh yeah, they ship nationwide.
6. Lagusta’s Luscious
Started by incredible chocolatier and author Lagusta Yearwood, this totally ethical, sustainably minded, and social justice-oriented chocolate shop has long been serving up show-stopping chocolate barks, truffles, filled cups, and so much more. We’re head over heels for their stunning Pagan Bark.
7. Jule’s Vegan Foods
Jules Van Dam was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer in 2014 and after 2 years of treatment she knew she needed to make a change, starting with her diet. She began creating her deliciously creamy, rind-crusted, cashew-based, aged vegan brie and hasn’t looked back.
You’ve probably seen her adorable t-shirts and sweatshirts floating around Instagram, and Taryn Rasgon is constantly creating new, punny message wear to share the vegan message in a lighthearted way. Check out her adorable tote bags and stickers for more fun ways to share your love of plant-based eating.
9. Abbot’s Butcher
Founded in 2016 by Kerry Song, a vegan and animal rights supporter who found herself disappointed with the available selection of meat alternatives, this food brand uses pea protein to make its vegan chicken, beef, and chorizo products.
10. You Think You Know Me
Portland, Oregon-based game designer and longtime vegan Ami Baio created this conversational card game to playfully test how well you know your friends, family, partners, or co-workers through prompt cards. Break this out at your next dinner party or picnic and get ready to learn even more about the people you love.
11. Miakoda Clothing
Fashion designer Julia Ahrens and yoga instructor Laura Ahrens teamed up to start this sustainably focused, ethically made, 100-percent vegan clothing company in 2013. With beautifully made bralettes, athleisure, and basics, this company takes their commitment to the environment seriously, sending all of their packages out in 100-percent recycled packing materials.
12. Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen
Specializing in gorgeous vegan baked goods, cheese plates, and more, this baking and catering company founded by Yvonne Ardestani ships its delicious, gluten-free, plant-based treats nationwide. We’re huge fans of the chocolate-coated doughnuts and crunchy thin mint cookies!
13. Kaike Skincare
Founded in 2015 by Keli Smith, this black-owned beauty brand focuses on creating minimal and multi-purpose products to solve a variety of skincare issues specific to melanated skin. The Melt oil-based cleanser is an absolute godsend after a long day.
Created by Liz Fisher, who switched to a high-fat diet after being diagnosed with advanced-stage ovarian cancer, this dairy-free yogurt line taps into the power and deliciousness of Southeast Asian pili nuts as the creamy base. With the highest vitamin E and magnesium of any nut, these probiotic-rich yogurt cups pack in healthy nutrients.
Moms Nicole Cardone and Deborah Gorman helm this plant-based sorbet company that’s been putting its own spin on dairy-free pints for more than seven years. Using whole nuts and fruits to make their incredibly flavorful pints (and now new dipped, crunchy bars!) these treats offer a more healthful, but still indulgent twist on classic ice cream. Don’t miss the Pistachio and Caramel pint! Seriously, trust us.
Founded in 2017 by sommelier Kristin Olszewski and Emma Toshack, this vegan-friendly wine company is based in LA and works with small Californian winemakers from the North and Central Coasts to create its eco-concious, zero-sugar canned wines.
17. Beet x Beet
Graphic designer by trade, Jacky Wasserman, combined her passion for the vegan lifestyle and her design skills to start this clothing brand in 2014. With to the point message wear like “Eat Plants or Die” shirts or hopeful messages like “The Future Is Vegan” available in kids tees, this brand spreads the vegan message in all sorts of stylish ways.
Ericka Rodriguez was on a mission to find the perfect, cruelty-free and vegan lipstick, but when she couldn’t find one she liked, she created her own. That quickly grew into this all-natural lipstick and lip crayon brand that uses 10 simple plant ingredients to create a hue of gorgeous shades.
19. Inspire Organics
Former Olympic weightlifter, health coach, yoga instructor, and animal welfare activist, Hawaiian-based Allison Jacobson wanted to create the best plant-based energy supplement utilizing the fresh tastes of the island’s tropical fruits. Thus, Inspire Organics, an organic energy powdered supermix, was born! Add it to your morning smoothies for an extra jumpstart to the day.
20. LaBruna Skincare
This skincare brand, created by NYU student Nina LaBruna, focuses on effective, restorative, and phytonutrient-rich natural products with anti-aging qualities. The Shiitake Seaweed Eye Gel is a lifesaver after a long night of editing away. Dark circles and eye bags, be gone!
21. Hera the Dog Vodka
After more than 17 years in animal rescue, including running A Dog’s Life Rescue in Los Angeles, Allison Lange and Julia Pennington decided to make the leap into the alcohol industry as a way to give back directly to animal rescues after seeing firsthand how difficult fundraising could be. A portion of each bottle’s proceeds are donated back to causes such as funding free spay/neuter days in local communities and donating to animal rescues’ spay/neuter programs.
22. Athena Club
Maria Markina and Allie Griswold left their careers to launch this feminine care subscription brand that boasts high-quality tampons without the high prices (AKA the pink tax), in order to make quality, period care products more accessible. But not only do they carry organic tampons and pads, the brand also offers all-vegan body care products and supplements.
23. Plant Posse Art & Jewelry
Owned by Brittney West, this artist group of plant-powered people produces jewelry and art promoting plant pride and donates a portion of profits to various animal sanctuaries and animal organizations. We’re obsessed with their adorable banana earrings and “practice what you peach” artwork.
24. Angela Roi
Angela Lee’s passion for fashion and philanthropy led her to co-found and become Creative Director of this ethical fashion label in 2012. Each of these chic and stylish, high-fashion purses and bags are constructed by hand
with only the finest non-animal materials and all of their artisans earn fair wages in clean, comfortable factories, so you can feel extra good sporting one of their bags on your arm.
25. PNW Cookies
After watching family members with allergies to dairy and gluten struggle to find delicious baked goods, Callie Carpenter started this vegan, gluten-free, soy-free cookie company which has quickly grown, even booking a contract with tech company Microsoft’s corporate office in the catering department this year.
26. Goddess Provisions
Back in 2011, Jill Pyle co-founded Vegan Cuts (a popular snack and beauty box subscription service), and in 2015 decided to take her love of spiritual practices and make it into a cruelty-free box of its own. This monthly subscription box comes filled with an assortment of crystals, spiritual tools, soy candles, vegan chocolates, and so much more.
Sisters, Erica and Sara Kubersky, founded this retail and online vegan shoe store in New York, before it expanded to Los Angeles. However, they didn’t just stop at selling a wide variety of quality footwear, they also sell T-shirts, books, and accessories like wallets and bags. Plus, they even opened an all vegan deli and market next door to their New York location, called Orchard Grocer.
Founded by award-winning social entrepreneur, Leila Janah, this beauty brand truly has a social justice mission at its core: to help marginalized East African women find work that pays a living wage through the wild harvesting, production, and exportation of Nilotica, the key ingredient in all of LXMI’s beauty products.
While on vacation, pregnant and frustrated with her dairy-free creamer options, Madeline Haydon decided to launch her own coconut and almond-based creamer company. Today the company is the number one dairy-free creamer on Amazon and is available in more than 13,000 stores across the US.
30. Jill Milan
After years of searching for classic, luxury handbags that were leather-free and vegan, Jill Fraser founded Jill Milan in 2010 and has since been worn by celebs such as Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, and Eva Longoria. Plus, a portion of all the proceeds from these luxe bags are donated to organizations that rescue and retire former racehorses, as they are often at risk of being shipped to Canada or to Mexico to be slaughtered.
BONUS: VegNews is, of course, a woman-owned company started by Colleen Holland in 2000!
Sarah McLaughlin is the New Products Editor at VegNews and is on a mission to support more small, women-owned brands everyday.
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