Freemont Is Now Home to the ‘Coolest Vegan Alive’—and She’s Only 16!

High School Sophomore Nabs peta2 Title With Unique 'Art Activism' for Animals

For Immediate Release:
August 4, 2015

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

San Jose, Calif. – When can a wallet make someone go vegan? When it’s an animal rights–inspired duct-tape wallet created by Phoebe Collver-Freeland—the 16-year-old Fremont resident who has just landed the title of Coolest Vegan Alive from peta2, PETA’s youth division. The high school sophomore beat out entrants from across the country to become one of peta2’s two top titleholders.

Phoebe’s popular wallets—featuring messages like “Free the Orcas!” and “McCruelty”—are a hit with Instagram’s crafter crowd and have inspired many to go vegan.


When she’s not busy creating her “art activism,” Phoebe can be found volunteering at her local animal rescue, spending time with her two rescued goats, and speaking out for animals online as part of peta2’s Street Team—a group of young people from across the country who help animals. She also serves on peta2’s Youth Advisory Board, offering ideas to help make peta2 bigger and better. A lifelong vegan, her favorite foods include Tofurky sandwiches, “cheesy” pasta, and veggie burgers.

“There’s nothing cooler than finding your own unique way to help animals, and that’s exactly what Phoebe does with her creative vegan wallets and her passion for volunteering,” says PETA Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “Phoebe is helping to lead the growing charge of young people everywhere who are teaming up with peta2 to make the world a better place for animals.”

This year’s other titleholder, 18-year-old Astheris “Tyler” Miller, lives in Homer, Georgia. He and Phoebe will each receive a personalized feature on, a prize pack containing cruelty-free goodies, and a Coolest Vegan Alive trophy from peta2—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat.”

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