Below you’ll find my quintessential list of vegan resources, consultants and companies that help with transitioning businesses to be vegan, a list of vegan restaurants in Metro Vancouver, and my list of plant-based celebrities and influencers.

Some of the celebrity/influencer names span across categories, but are listed based on their most known role. It was once called a “vegan celebrity” list but as I cannot prove that everyone is also wearing vegan clothing and treating animals well besides eating vegan, I’ve since changed this title. Acknowledging that dietary habits of individuals can change without notice, please contact me if you know something on these lists has changed.

MY VEGAN RESOURCES

Here are all the resources I’ve consumed that helped me to go vegan that I think everyone should check out. (Content warning for children under 16.) * indicates a recommendation.

Doc Films

Earthlings* (Shaun Monson, 2005)
The Cove (Louie Psihoyos, 2009)
Peaceable Kingdom (Jenny Stein, 2009)
Processed People (Jeff Nelson, 2009)
Forks Over Knives* (Lee Fulkerson, 2011)
Meet Your Meat (Bruce Friedrich and Cem Akin, 2012)
The Ghosts in Our Machine (Liz Marshall, 2013)
Blackfish (Gabriela Cowperthwaite, 2013)
Live and Let Live (Marc Pierschel, 2013)
Cowspiracy* (Keegan Kuhn, Kip Andersen, 2014)
PlantPure Nation (Nelson Campbell, 2015)
Eating Animals (Christopher Dillon Quinn, 2017)
What the Health* (Keegan Kuhn, Kip Andersen, 2017)
The End of Meat (Marc Pierschel, 2017)
Land of Hope and Glory* (Ed Winters, 2017)
73 Cows (Alex Lockwood, 2018)
Dominion
* (Chris Delforce, 2018)
The Game Changers* (Louie Psihoyos, 2018)
Slice of Life (Mahesh Kothamangalam, 2019)
The Animal People (Denis Henry Hennelly, Casey Suchan, 2019)
The Invisible Vegan (Jasmine C. Levya, 2019)
Akashinga, The Brave Ones* (Maria Wilhelm, 2020)
The Medical Illusion (Gary Charbonneau, 2020)
Meat the Future* (Liz Marshall, 2020)
Eating Our Way to Extinction (Ludo Brockway, Otto Brockway, 2021)
Why I’m A Vegan (Moby, 2021)
Seaspiracy* (Ali Tabrizi, 2021)
Milked* (Amy Taylor, 2021, free on Waterbear)
They’re Trying to Kill Us* (John Lewis, Keegan Kuhn 2021)
The End of Medicine*
 (Alex Lockwood, 2022)
SLAY* (Rebecca Cappelli, 2022, free on Waterbear)
Punk Rock Vegan Movie* (Moby, 2023)
From Food to Freedom (Nelson Campbell, 2023)
Maa Ka Doodh (Mother’s Milk) (Harsha Atmakuri, 2023)
Ending Real Fur (Taimoor Choudhry, 2023)
Pignorant (Joey Carbstrong, 2024)

 

Fiction Films

Chicken Run* (Peter Lord, Nick Park, 2000) and Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget* (Sam Fell, 2023)
Okja (Bong Joon-ho, 2017)
Ferdinand (Carlos Saldanha, 2017)
Save Ralph* (Spencer Susser, 2021)
Super Cow* (Dustin Brown, 2022)

 

Books

Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer
Free the Animals, Ingrid Newkirk
How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger
Protein Inc., Tiffany Pagni
Quantum Wellness, Kathy Freston
Sistah Vegan, A. Breeze Harper (Editor)
The China Study, T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell
The Food Revolution, John Robbins
This is Vegan Propaganda, Ed Winters
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, Dr. Melanie Joy

 

Cookbooks

Babycakes Cookbook, Erin McKenna
Chloe’s Kitchen and Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen, Chloe Coscarelli
Hot for Food All Day
and Vegan Comfort Classics, Lauren Toyota
The Kind Diet
, Alicia Silverstone
The Oh She Glows Cookbook
and Oh She Glows Every Day, Angela Liddon

 

Other links

Access my master list of videos here.

Genesis Butler
Earthling Ed
Hip Hop is Green
Institute for Humane Education
Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones
Lucia’s Vegan Lifestyle Amazon store
NutritionFacts.org
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Rich Roll
Rotten S1 Ep1 (Lawyers, Guns & Honey), 5 (Milk Money)
Skool of Vegan
Tabitha Brown
T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
UnchainedTV
Vegan Women Summit
You Are What You Eat

VEGANIZE YOUR BUSINESS

I’ve been asked who to contact to help transition businesses to become vegan, and have developed this list since 2022. Contact me if you find success working with one of these folks/organizations so I can share about it!

Alimentado el Manana (Feeding Tomorrow)
Better Food Foundation
Britty Mann, Founder & Executive Director,
Planted Society (a non-profit that offers free services)
Elysabeth Alfano, Founder of Plant Powered Consulting
Greener by Default
Lonica Kufner, Advisor/Consultant
Lovelei Duo LLC
Meredith Marin, Consultant, Vegan Hospitality
Miyoko Creamery’s Dairy Farm Transition
ProVeg International
Rancher Advocacy Program
The Vegan Society
Vegan Business Tribe

PLANT-BASED CELEBRITIES AND INFLUENCERS

ACTIVISTS, INDUSTRY LEADERS, AND INFLUENCERS

Angela Davis
Biz Stone
Casey Neistat
Charity Morgan
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
Damien Mander
Daniel Morgan Jones
Ed Winters (“Earthling Ed”)
Gary Yourofsky
Genesis Butler
Greta Thunberg
Haile Thomas
James Aspey
Jamie Logan
Jenné Claiborne
Joey Carbstrong
John Lewis
Koya Webb
Kris Carr
LaRayia Gaston
Philip Wollen
Prince Khaled
Stella McCartney

 

ACTORS, COMEDIANS, FILMMAKERS, MODELS, PERFORMERS, AND OTHER TV PERSONALITIES

Alan Cumming
Alec Baldwin
Alicia Silverstone
Ava DuVernay
Bella Ramsey
Benedict Cumberbatch
Billie Lee
Carrie-Anne Moss
Craig Robinson
Dana Heath
Daryl Hannah
Demi Moore
Edie Falco
Ellen Pompeo
Elliot Page
Emily Deschanel
Harley Quinn Smith
Heather Mills
Jaja Vankova
James Cameron
James Cromwell
Jared Leto
Jasmine C. Leyva
Jeff Dunham
Jenna Dewan
Jenna Talackova
Jennifer Coolidge
Jerome Flynn
Jessica Chastain
Joaquin Phoenix
Kate Mara
Kat Von D
Keegan Kuhn
Kevin Smith
Kip Andersen
Laura Clery
Liam Hemsworth
Madelaine Petsch
Maggie Q
Mayim Bialik
Mena Massoud
Mena Suvari
Michelle Pfeiffer
Natalie Portman
Nathalie Emmanuel
Pamela Anderson
Penn Jillette
Persia White
Peter Dinklage
Preacher Lawson
Rainn Wilson
Rooney Mara
Rosario Dawson
Ruby Rose
Russell Brand
Ryan Gosling
Sadie Sink
Simon Cowell
Steve Harvey
Tabitha Brown
Taraji P. Henson
Teresa Palmer
Tig Notaro
Tobey Maguire
Woody Harrelson

 

ATHLETES

Alex Morgan
Andre Patton
Brendan Brazier
Bryant Jennings
Cade Cunningham
Cam Newton
Carl Lewis
Colin Kaepernick
Danaé, Danya & Danielle
DeAndre Jordan
Devin Funchess
Domz Thompson
Dotsie Bausch
Elena Delle Donne
Enes Kanter Freedom
Hellah Sidibe
Hubert Hurkacz
JaVale McGee
Jehina Malik
John Salley
Josh LaJaunie
Kendrick Farris
Kyrie Irving
Lawrence Okolie
Le’Veon Bell
Lewis Hamilton
Lonnie Walker
Mac Danzig
Matt Frazier
Morgan Mitchell
Nimai Delgado
Novak Djokovic
Patrik Baboumian
Robert Cheeke
Scott Jurek
Tammara Thibeault
Torre Washington
Tyrann Mathieu
Venus Williams

 

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Dr. Adeleh Yarmohammadi
Dr. Alex Singer
Dr. Alona Pulde
Dr. Angie Sadeghi
Drs. Ayesha Sherzai and Dean Sherzai
Dr. Benjamin Benulis
Dr. Benjamin Matthews
Dr. Brooke Goldner
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn
Dr. Caroline Hale
Dr. Danielle Belardo
Dr. Garth Davis
Dr. Gemma Newman
Dr. Harriet Davis
Dr. Irminne Van Dyken
Dr. Jaimela Dulaney
Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Dr. Joel Kahn
Dr. Judy Brangman
Dr. Kristi Funk
Dr. Mark Lederman
Dr. Matthew Nagra
Dr. Mauricio González
Dr. Melissa Mondala
Dr. Michael Greger
Dr. Michael Klaper
Dr. Michelle McMacken
Dr. Milton Mills
Dr. Muzammil Ahmad
Dr. Neal Barnard
Dr. Niyati Sharma
Dr. Reshma Shah
Dr. Scott Stoll
Dr. Tati Kvis
Dr. T. Colin Campbell
Dr. Thomas M. Campbell
Dr. Will Bulsiewicz

 

MEDIA AND PODCAST PERSONALITIES

Darin Olien
George Stromboulopoulos
Jane Velez-Mitchell
Jamie Lynne
Joanne Molinaro
Michelle Cehn
Nick Laparra
Rich Roll
Rip Esselstyn
Simon Hill
Toni Okamoto
Victoria Moran

 

POLITICIANS

Adam Schiff
Al Gore
Bill Clinton
Cathy Jamieson
Chokwe Antar Lumumba
Christina Rees
Cory Booker
Eric Adams
Jeremy Corbyn
Kerry McCarthy
Mojo Mathers
Natalie Bennett
Thangam Debbonaire
Tulsi Gabbard
Tziporah Livni

 

RECORDING ARTISTS

Ariana Grande
ASAP Rocky
Bif Naked
Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
Billie Eilish
Bryan Adams
Carrie Underwood
Chloe Bailey
Dawn Richard
Ellie Goulding
Erykah Badu
Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
Halle Bailey
Jann Arden
Jason Mraz
Jermaine Dupri
Joan Jett
Jessie J
Kate Nash
Lenny Kravitz
Leona Lewis
Lizzo
MC Lyte
Moby
Morrissey
Mya
NLE Choppa
Paul McCartney
Rob Zombie
Russell Simmons
RZA (and most of the Wu-Tang Clan)
Sia
Sinead O’Connor
Stevie Wonder
Styles P
Travis Barker
Will.I.Am
YG

DIRTY DOZEN AND CLEAN 15

Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently updated these in 2023.

The Dirty Dozen

Try to buy organic produce on the Dirty Dozen list whenever possible.

1. Strawberries
2. Spinach
3. Kale, collard & mustard greens
4. Peaches
5. Pears
6. Nectarines
7. Apples
8. Grapes
9. Bell & hot peppers
10. Cherries
11. Blueberries
12. Green beans

The Clean 15 (okay to not buy organic)

1. Avocados
2. Sweet corn
3. Pineapples
4. Onions
5. Papayas
6. Sweet peas
7. Asparagus
8. Honeydew melons
9. Kiwi
10. Cabbage
11. Mushrooms
12. Mangoes
13. Sweet potatoes
14. Watermelon
15. Carrots

TOXINS AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS

This is not a complete list of toxins and ingredients derived from animals, but includes some of the most common ones to stay away from. Put them in a list on your mobile phone while you’re shopping.

Toxins

1,4 Dioxane
Acetone
Alpha Terpineol
Asbestos
Benzaldehyde
Benzalkonium chloride
Benzophenone
Benzyl acetate
Benzyl alcohol
Bisphenol A (BPA)
BHA
BHT
Butane
Butoxyethanol
Cetrimonium bromide
Coal tar
Diazolidinyl urea
Dietholamine (DEA)
Dibutyl phthalate
Diethyl phthalate (DEP)
Dioxins
DMDM Hydantoin
Ethanol & ethanolamines
Ethyl acetate
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid (EDTA)
Exavalent FD & C Formaldehyde
Flame retardant
Fragrance
Gamma-Terpinene
Hexane
Hydantoin chromium
Hydroquinone
Imidazolidinyl urea
Lead
Limonene
Linalool
Monoethanolamone (MEA)
Mercury
Methanamine
Methyl Cellosolve
Methylene chloride
Methylisothiazolinone
Mineral oil
Nonylphenols
Oxybenzone
Parfum
Parabens
Petrolatum
Phenylenediamine
Phosphates
Phthalates
Polysorbate 60/80
Polyethylene glycol (PEG)
Propylene glycol
Quaternium-15 or 1-29
Resorcinol
Retinol (Vitamin A)
Retinyl Palmitate
Silicone
Siloxanes
Sodium Laureth sulfate
Sodium Lauryl sulfate
Synthetic flavour
Talc
Toluene
Trichloroethylene
Triclosan
Triethanolamine (TEA)
Vinyl chloride

Animal products

Albumen
Aspic
Carmine/carminic acid
Casein
Castoreum
Cera alba
Chitin
Collagen
Cultured dextrose
E120
Gelatin
Glycerin (can be plant-based)
Guanine
Hyaluronic acid
Isinglass
Keratin
Lactose
Lanolin
L-cysteine
L-threonine
L-tryptophan
Natural Red 4
Octadecanoic acid
Panthenol/pantothenic acid (can be plant-based)
Protease
Royal jelly
Shellac
Stearic acid
Tallow

(Don’t forget the obvious beeswax, bee pollen, dairy, eggs, egg white, honey, and milk)

GOOD BUSINESS NETWORKS

Here’s a list of progressive business networks I compiled and shared when I ran Conscious PR.

1% For the Planet (Global)

B Corporation (Global)

Buy Social Canada

Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (Canada)

Common Future (USA)

Conscious Capitalism (USA/Global)

Evolutionary Business Council (Global)

League of Intrapreneurs (Global)

LOCO (BC)

Social Venture Institute (Hollyhock, Vancouver, Banff, Bay Area)

Social Enterprise Council of Canada

SKIN AND BODY PRODUCTS

Face Wash: Consonant Skincare Natural Foaming Face Wash
Shampoo & Conditioner: Phillip Adam shampoo, house brand conditioner from The Soap Dispensary 
Body Wash + Hand Soap: House brand refill from The Soap Dispensary
Body Scrub: None. I have made DIY sugar scrubs, and I use the exfoliating cloth from Stripped Wax Bar
Body Lotion and Face Moisturizer: Everyone 3-in-1 Unscented Lotion. For a splurge: Lavanila Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Coconut

BEAUTY, PERSONAL, AND HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS

Toothpaste: JASON
Toothbrush:
The Future is Bamboo
Hair Styling:
 ANDALOU Naturals Full Volume Style Spray (medium hold; I need something stronger, looking for recommendations)
Powder Foundation: PaperDoll Mineral Cosmetics Loose Mineral Powder Foundation via The Green Kiss
Eyeliner: 100% PURE Creamy Long Last Liner
Eyeshadow: AVEDA eye colour trio or SAPPHO New Paradigm
Mascara: Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara
Eyebrow Makeup: SAPPHO New Paradigm Brow Pomade in Deep Brown
Blush: SAPPHO New Paradigm Unabashed Blush
Lipstick & Gloss: ILIA Beauty or Elate Beauty
Deodorant: Lafes Natural and Organic Deodorant Stick or LAVANILA‘s the healthy deodorant
Shave Cream: DIY formula (ask me for it)
Menstrual Products: Aisle
Lube: Sutil Luxe Body Glide
Dishwashing Liquid & Cleaning Products: Eco Eco or Sapadilla; The Soap Dispensary cleaner concentrate; E-Cloth
Dishwasher Soap: Seventh Generation
Laundry Detergent: Echoclean refill from Soapstand or Eco Eco refill from The Soap Dispensary
Air Freshener: Homemade mix of 1/4 c water, 1/2 tbsp vodka, and 5-6 drops of essential oil in a small spray bottle

PERSONAL SERVICES IN VANCOUVER

Hair Removal: Sugaring at Bare Wax Bar (Visit Sugar’d for locations outside Vancouver)
Brow Threading: Navkiran at 4 Angels Beauty Care
Massage: Sabai Thai Spa (or a RMT)

CLOTHING STORES AND BRANDS

Casual Shoes: Native Shoes
Friend & Faux (at Vegan Supply)
Front & Company, Vancouver
Value Village, various locations

COURSES

According to Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action #92, the corporate sector is called to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as a reconciliation framework and to apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous peoples and their lands and resources.

92 iii: Provide education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.

Please contact me if you have more resources that should be added to this list.

4 Seasons of Reconciliation (BDC and First Nations University of Canada)
Indigenous Awareness Canada
Indigenous Canada (University of Alberta)
Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.
kinSHIFT workshops
San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program

If you run a business in British Columbia and are interested in hiring Indigenous professionals/companies for further training, please visit my page on BC companies involved in JEDI owned by founders of colour.

ARTICLES, DOCUMENTS, BLOGS, AND SOCIAL POSTS

The following are resources about anti-racism, but not solely focused on racism toward Asians. They are listed in alphabetical order and dates are listed where applicable. Please contact me if you have any other resources that should be added to these lists.

20 Actions White people & non-Black POCs in Corporate (and otherwise) can take to show up for Black People right now” – Michael J.A. Davis, May 29, 2020
20+ Allyship Actions for Asians to Show Up for the Black Community Right Now” – Michelle Kim, May 8, 2020
30+ Ways Asians Perpetuate Anti-Black Racism Everyday” – Michelle Kim, May 28, 2020
A Guide to the Model Minority Myth” – Courtney Ahn, April 6, 2020
Alternatives to Calling the Police – Resources for Asian Diaspora in Canada
Awkwafina’s Past Makes Her a Complicated Icon of Asian American Representation” – Bettina Makalintal, VICE, January 24, 2020
BC companies owned by founders of colour offering training in justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and/or anti-racism training
Black & Asian Solidarity: The Fight for Ethnic Studies” – Bianca Mabute-Louie, May 13, 2020
Black-Asian animosity is an American tradition” – Ann-Derrick Gaillot, The Outline, April 6, 2017
How to Be A Good Ally To Your Black Friends” – Friday, May 29, 2020
The Asian American Response to Black Lives Matter Is Part of a Long, Complicated History” – Cady Lang, TIME, June 26, 2020
things that get in the way of being an effective ally” – Jack Lam, May 30, 2020
What Is the History of Anti-Asian Discrimination in the United States? A Timeline” – Nicholas L. Hatcher, Teen Vogue, May 10, 2021
Why the Asian Community Needs to Stand Up and Show Up for the Black Community” – The RepresentASIAN Project, June 8, 2020
Yellowface, Whitewashing, and the History of White People Playing Asian Characters” – Jenn Fang, Teen Vogue, August 8, 2018

HELPFUL WEBSITES

A Different Asian American Timeline: aatimeline.com
Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit (great for educators): asianamtoolkit.org
Black Lives Matter: blacklivesmatter.com
Carlos Bulosan Centennial: bulosan.org
Center for Babaylan Studies: centerforbabaylanstudies.org
Elimin8hate: elimini8hate.org
Hua Foundations’ anti-racism & solidarities resource collection: https://solidarities.huafoundation.org
Letters for Black Lives: lettersforblacklives.com
Mochi Magazine: mochimag.com
The 1619 Project
The Anti-Oppression Network: theantioppressionnetwork.com
The RepresentASIAN Project: representasianproject.com

ASIAN ADVOCACY ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Angry Asian Feminist: @angryasianfeminist
Asian American + Pacific Islander Women Lea
: @AAPIWomenLead
Asian Mental Health Collective: @asianmentalhealthcollective
Stop Asian Hate: @stopasianhate
Stop Asian American Pacific Islander Hate
: @StopAAPIHate
The RepresentASIAN Project: @representasianproject
The Southeast Asian Diaspora Project: @TheSEADProject

ORGANIZATIONS AND PODCASTS FOR FILIPINXS LIVING IN NORTH AMERICA

Entrepinayship: entrepinayship.com and Foundher podcast
Filipina on the Rise podcast: filipinaontherise.com
Filipina Women’s Network: filipinawomensnetwork.org
Filipinos Rising: filipinosrising.ca
GABRIELA Philippines BC Chapter: @_gabrielabc, Facebook
The Aswang Project: aswangproject.com
This Filipino American Life Podcast: thisfilipinoamericanlife.com
The Filipino American Woman Project podcast
Tulayan: tulayan.org

FILIPINX FOLX TO FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Bianca Mabute-Louie: @beyonkz
Charlene Sayo: @constructing_char
Dr. Therapinay:
 @the.drtherapinay
ienna: @decolonialbulaklak
Jana Lynne Umipig: @jlcreator
Kalaya’an Mendoza, Across Frontlines: @kalamendoza
Marianelli Agbulos: @heynells

BUCKET LIST

(Not in order of priority)

Get a tattoo.

See the Pyramids in Giza, Egypt.

Touch the walls of the Colosseum in Rome.

Walk on the Acropolis ruins.

Do an anti-gravity simulation.

See African animals in their purest state as much as possible.

Help publish an heirloom book of my grandfather’s life story.

Visit my native homeland (the Philippines).

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