Featured Vendor: Andy Tabar, Compassion Company

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The New Jersey VegFest is fast approaching! A vegan popup shop is coming to Convention Hall in Asbury Park on July 23, and the main event Meadowlands Convention Center on October 7 and 8.

One of VegFest’s vendors, Compassion Company, features USA-made, organic clothing items. This week, NJ VegFest would like to shine the spotlight on Compassion Company and its owner, Andy Tabar. He will be a featured panelist at NJ VegFest in October.

Tabar founded Compassion Company after spending much of his adult life touring with and handling merchandise for a band.

“I was handling merchandise so I knew the infrastructure of the industry. It was just a matter of switching the focus to veganism rather than music,” he said.

Vegan clothing became important because Tabar had been vegan for several years and couldn’t find shirts that suited him.

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“I couldn’t find shirts in the style I wanted with the messaging I wanted,” he said. “All of our clothing has a message that promotes animal rights and compassion for all.”

While the average cotton t-shirt would technically be vegan friendly, Tabar said that some are not aligned with the vegan message of compassion for all. Compassion Company’s shirts are made of eco-friendly material, typically organic cotton. They use low impact dyes, water based inks, and are made by a screen printer in US.

“All of our shirts are US- and sweat shop-free made,” Tabar said. We have t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, scarves, buttons, and stickers.”

When he is not busy with Compassion Company, Tabar travels around the country promoting vegetarian festivals. He also co-hosts The Bearded Vegans, a weekly podcast.

As an activist Tabar has most notably completed three tours with the 10 Billion Lives tour, traveling to nearly every continental state and having over 10,000 one on one conversations educating college students and concert goers about the cruelty inherent in animal agriculture. Currently, he lives nomadically in his van as he brings Compassion Co to vegfests coast to coast, all while eating at as many vegan restaurants as possible.

About the New Jersey VegFest: The second annual New Jersey VegFest celebrates the great food and people of the Garden State while promoting compassion and a happier, healthier New Jersey. This two day event features speakers, food, fashion, lifestyle products, non-profits and more.