Starting and managing a business is hard work, and it can be especially challenging if you want to provide products and services that are not encased in toxic plastic. From skin & hair care products to food and cosmetics—plastic is so ubiquitous it can seem like the only option. Fortunately, it isn’t!
Join us July 27 for a special webinar discussion with business owners who have succeeded in going plastic free. Hear them explain how they did it and how you can too.
Joshua Onysko is the award-winning entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of Pangea brands. For over 20 years, Joshua has led Pangea in developing sustainable, plant-based body and skincare products, culminating in the latest product launches in 2021 featuring plastic-free packaging. Pangea’s formulas combine powerful, bioactive ingredients from nature with the power of science for products that are highly efficacious and nourishing. Joshua has traveled to over 50 regions worldwide to find and cultivate deep relationships with organic farmers, who themselves are committed to “5-star” care for the people and the environments that produce their products. Joshua is on a deep-rooted mission to provide consumers a choice to purchase their favorite products without plastic and hopes to continue to inspire change for others to follow suit within the beauty industry.
Cassia is a sustainability thought-leader, and author dedicated to driving scalable behavior change and building community resilience. As the Director of Programs for the international non-profit Oceanic Global, Cassia has designed and led initiatives that catalyze conservation, implement systems for lasting change, build coalition-led efforts, and impact policy including the Global Plastics Treaty. Cassia has formal training as an environmental engineer, underwater research ecologist, and in sustainable design as an accredited LEED GA, WELL AP, and RESET AP.
Alejandra is an intersectional environmentalist working on diverse plastic reduction, resource conservation and intersectional justice projects in California. She co-founded Plastic Free Future in 2020, a non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction and elimination of plastic pollution through promoting reusable alternatives and focusing on outreach to systemically excluded communities. From soil to humans, Alejandra strongly believes in the interconnectedness of all organisms and that working to heal our relationship with the environment will lead to happier, healthier and more resilient communities.
Erica Cirino is the Communications Manager of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. She has spent the last decade working as a science writer, author, and artist exploring the intersection of the human and nonhuman worlds. She is best known for her widely published photojournalistic works that cut through plastic industry misinformation and injustice to deliver the often shocking and difficult truths about this most ubiquitous and insidious material. This includes her recent book, Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis (Island Press, 2021), in which she documents plastic across ecosystems and elements; shares stories from the primarily Black, Brown, Indigenous and rural communities that are disproportionately harmed by industrial pollution globally; and uncovers strategies that work to prevent plastic from causing further devastation to our planet and its inhabitants.