When I went to add Ruby Sandhu's RS Collaboration to the consultant section of the vegattorney website, I thought, I should also add her to the Attorney section since she is also an attorney. I wasn't surprised to see that I had already added Ruby over two years ago as a Human and Business Law Attorney in London. And that's when I knew this is someone everyone needs to know. Ruby doesn't just stop with her client legal list. She wants to truly share practical tools and methods to implement structural and systemic change on a corporate and societal level too. Ruby, with her numerous experiences and credentials (LL.B, LL.M, MSc., MSoM, FRSA Sustainability, Business & Human Rights Lawyer, Accredited Facilitator & Mediator to name a few), started up the RS Collaboration. RS stands for Resilient System. The RS Collaboration has a mission to collaborate, facilitate, educate and practically implement through strategic collaborations the evolving norms on Corporate Social Responsibility and Business and Human Rights for a more sustainable world. She provides training, advice and strategy to encourage individuals and organizations to step up from the silos of expertise and factor in a more holistic approach to complex issues involving Sustainability. Ruby has a rich history of animal care and vegetarianism since childhood when someone offered her a rabbit pie to eat at age 11. Ruby shadowed her grandparents at a very young age as they gave alms and charity in India. She carries this spirituality into her work today as a yogi and facilitator to find solutions. Ruby is looking for collaborators and funders so get in touch with her to build teams to create true change. You can find her here: @rubythevegan
I was lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with an amazing co-founder of Lookie Lou, Laura Sjolseth. Laura and her husband Ray have gathered a compassionate collection of high fashion. Something I absolutely love about this couple and their site is that they are completely committed to compassion in fashion. And not just any old fashion - sexy and hot high quality fashion! I was delighted to meet these both and am happy they launched their company! I look forward to much success =) Without further adieu, here is my interview with Laura:
Q: So tell me about your company. Who is Lookie Lou?
A: Lookie Lou is an online vegan boutique featuring ethically-made women’s apparel and accessories. We’re a small company: a vegan husband/wife team and several trusted, talented associates. We want to make it easier for conscientious consumers to find clothes, shoes, and bags that represent their aesthetic and their values.
Q: How was Lookie Lou started?
A: Lookie Lou was born out of a desire to create a shop for the fashion-conscious and ethically-minded. My husband and I wanted to build and business and a brand that represents our values and demonstrates that clothing can be both kind and glamorous.
Q: Where is Lookie Lou based?
A: Lookie Lou operates out of an office in Glenview, IL, just outside of Chicago. We participate in regional vegan events and welcome all local customers into our office to try on our goods and see them in person. We ship all over the country and have international customers, too.
Q: What are Lookie Lou’s long-term goals?
A: Lookie Lou is passionate about changing the way people think about fashion in general and about vegan fashion in particular. We’re committed to mainstreaming vegan fashion and to helping vegans “dress better,” our motto. Vegans spend a lot of time thinking about what they put in their bodies, but sometimes less about what goes on them. Veganism is one aspect of ethical clothing, but there’s a lot more to think about. How is that pair of jeans you’re wearing made? Where is it made? Who makes it? Who benefits from its production? These are all important questions and we offer a collection that provides manifold answers. We don’t believe that there is any single perfect way to make a garment, but we feel there are many better ways to manufacture.
Q: What’s next for Lookie Lou?
A: We’re coming up on Lookie Lou’s one-year anniversary, and so much has changed since our shop opened. We’ve added three new product categories over the last 10 months: bags, denim, and outerwear. In the next year, we’ll begin manufacturing our own handbags and t-shirts. But we’re also always looking to our customers to find out what’s missing from the vegan marketplace and what they’d like to see us carry.
Laura and Ray, thank you so much for what you are doing for animals! Keep up the great work!!
This is such a great group! Introducing, the Vegan Trade Council, the first industry council speaking for vegans, or veganism. I was lucky enough to hear from Executive Director of the Vegan Trade Council Alan S. Nemeth who told me what his inspiration for the creation of a vegan trade group was. Nemeth said, "[t]o answer your question about the genesis of the Vegan Trade Council, as you know, I teach animal law at two law schools -- American University Washington College of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Often, during class discussions, an issue would come up that touched on the treatment of animals used in agriculture. These topics include humane treatment, ag-gag laws, foie gras production, and so on. As part of the discussions of both case law and news stories, the views of the animal-based industries were often represented by their trade associations (United Egg Producers, United Poultry, Cattlemen's Association, etc.). After a while, it dawned on me that there was no vegan/plant-based industry equivalent to these trade associations, and I thought that there was definitely a need for something like that. I did some research and saw that, in fact, there was no such association. There are complimentary organizations, such as the animal welfare and environmental groups, and there are trade associations such as the Organic Trade Association, but none of these groups represent the vegan industry, as an industry, from a business perspective, as the trade associations for the animal-based industries do for their respective constituencies. When we launched in January and began reaching out to the community, the response was very enthusiastic and widespread. So it was clear that there was an unmet need for a vegan trade association." I completely agree and am so happy to share this group's campaign with you today! Help support their mission! I'm interested in watching this group grow! Thanks for your contribution to animals!
So I just had to put a special word in for these two amazing people who have built their vegan business around capturing beauty and even being able to travel to exotic lovely places to get their work done. These two have been vegan since 2008 and they have three adorable canine companions at home who rule the roost - Rebel, Haydie and Nori. These three guys lounge around their photography work space and enjoy watching Melis and Dainon at work. These two are a great team and get the whole job done in one clean professional sweep. They call in the make-up team, suggest the photo shoot locations, set up the lighting & props and do all the retouching. Check out their site. Their pictures take you away to a tropical paradise. I love the colors! I also love their philosophy on animals and their desire of wanting to make this world a better place in the decisions that they make. This is a fun couple with an eye for balance and beauty. I wish them all the luck and success in their career! Thank you for being vegan Melis and Dainon!
Enjoy Food! Music! Speakers! Local Businesses! Nonprofits! Family Fun!
This is THE place to be for everybody on the east coast!!!! Not only will be you able to enjoy amazing food, listen to fabulous speakers and dance to great music, but all welcome donations go to a great cause!!! Check out the entertainment line-up ~ It sounds like it will be a blast! Thank you to all the volunteers including our one and only Brenda Morris for coordinating this awesome shin dig! Speaking of Brenda, she is one of our showcased vegan professionals on this site who is a Certified Financial Planner™. I just love what she does! She specializes in socially and environmentally responsible investing. How wonderful is that!! She has also coordinated the annual Richmond Vegetarian Festival since 2003, and has been an active member of the Vegetarian Society of Richmond for over a decade. Thanks for dong all that you do Brenda and have a great time at the Festival this weekend!
Here's a lovely patio from their website
You guys know me... I just love vegans! Especially when they say it loud and say it proud! Vegan owner Chris Fanning created this green Landscaping and Construction business, but that's not all! It's a vegan and environmental construction business! Great job guys! Located down in Southern California they mostly service the LA area ~ but you never know, they might make a special trip for you... C F LANDSCAPING and CONSTRUCTION covers just about everything under sun from Landscaping and Construction, including Edible Landscaping, Retaining Walls, Decks, Additions, Home Remodeling, Patios, Pathways, Hardscape, Fencing, Carpentry ( Int/Ext. ) Painting, Fountains, Ponds, All Concrete installation, Tree Service, Brush Clearing, Old Fashioned Gardening, Botanical gardens complete with waterfall, and more!!! I picked a picture of one of their patios, but you can really surf for quite a while on their website because they have loads of links and pictures. Their specialty is building retaining walls and edible landscapes. I love to show the world that vegans can be tough strong landscapers and construction workers! Thank you for being a living example, that you can do hard labor on a plant based diet. These guys rock too because they have green written all over their business plan and aren't afraid to strut their vegan/environmental values in their profession =) You are in good company here ~ Thank you for joining us on vegattorney.com =)
About This Vegan Professional
Christine Garcia has been practicing law since 2000 and her experience ranges from Transactional,Civil Litigation (Animal Law) and Criminal Defense & Litigation. After her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, she received her JD after legal studies at University of California, Hastings College of the Law and Loyola University Chicago, School of Law. Her publications include Isn’t Justice Supposed to be Blind? Practicing Animal Law. Sister Species: Women, Animals and Social Justice, Edited by Lisa Kremmerer, Univ. of Illinois Press (2011) pp. 141-151, Animal Custody Cases. GPSOLO: General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division. American Bar Association July/August (2009) Vol. 26 No. 5 pp. 22-25 and A Future of Green Power: The Environmental Impact of the Utility Restructuring in America, Loyola Consumer Law Review, vol. 10, No. 3 (1998). Resume