Plastic-Free Pangea Organics Celebrates World Turtle Day

Company Sets a Higher Standard for the Health & Beauty Industry 

By Joshua Scott Onysko, Founder and CEO of Pangea Organics

Last year, my organic body- and skincare company Pangea Organics went plastic free! While many health and beauty businesses are still wrapping their products in plastics, at Pangea we have transitioned to recyclable aluminum and glass, and compostable wood pulp. We mark our products with a small sea turtle icon, indicating they are completely plastic free, and thus compatible with #LifeAfterPlastic.

Inspired by Sea Turtles

My connection to sea turtles is personal: When I was 19 years old, I moved to Costa Rica and Nicaragua to work with a conservation team on the Caribbean coast, and we’d stay up all night to guard egg-laying sea turtles, protecting them from poachers. I’ve also been a longtime scuba diver and seeing plastic pollution in our oceans entangling the inhabitants was (and still is) devastating to me.

Sea turtles are harmed by plastic items people use everyday, including plastic packaging and other single-use plastic products like straws, face masks, and bags. Plastic is a physical danger to sea turtles, causing entanglement and entrapment, and choking and bodily blockages. But plastic is also a chemical danger to sea turtles, exposing them to a constant stream of toxic chemicals, with which plastic is made and which leach out into nature and living bodies.

Our Transition to Plastic-Free Packaging

At Pangea, we hold ourselves to a standard of continuously raising the bar to push for real change in the beauty industry. Over the past year, we transitioned Pangea (as well as our sister brand, Alpine Provisions) to completely plastic-free packaging to hold our organic, fairly sourced, and cruelty free body- and skincare products. 

The transition to plastic-free packaging was a significant investment for us to make, and we have paid attention to every detail—down to the custom aluminum cap on our tubes. The caps are a first-to-market innovation, two-and-a-half years in the making. All of our secondary packaging is also fully recyclable and/or compostable; the molded fiber clamshells used on all our glass bottles are made of wood pulp and completely compostable.

The Problem with Plastics

In my opinion, every company should be working to eliminate plastics from their businesses. More than 400 million metric tons of new plastic are produced globally each year. Instead of being truly recycled, about 79% of plastic has been historically dumped in landfills and the natural environment, about 12% has been burned (incinerated), and much plastic is shipped “away” to become someone else’s problem. Most often, plastic waste is sent to BIPOC, rural, or low-income communities. Plastic is not truly recycled like other materials: We need to refill, reuse, repair, share, and enact and enforce legislation that holds the plastics and petrochemical industries accountable for the pollution they have created.

Building an Eco-Conscious Company

It’s been my lifelong dream to build a health and beauty brand with the highest quality clean ingredients, and support small organic farmers around the world. When I was young, my mom kept a coffee-table book about organic ingredients. One day, it inspired us to make a small batch of organic soaps by hand together, out of our garage. We started selling the soaps in our local farmers markets, and to our delight, they continually sold out.

This organic soap making experience led me to start researching the health and beauty industry, and I decided to travel the world. On these travels, I began to build relationships and a vast network of organic farmers in over 50 regions. After two years of traveling, I knew the business I wanted to build needed to support small, organic, regenerative farms with fair labor practices.

Meaningful change can start with making one informed, conscious decision. I want to inspire all industries to put the Earth and our health ahead of profit and start to rethink and redesign how we package our products. And I want consumers to know that they can be empowered by their choices, including the purchase of high quality health and beauty products that do not contain toxins or plastics. 

How You Can Help

People can be a part of solutions by investing in reusable, refillable, and truly recyclable plastic-free products. Give Pangea a try! We hope consumers and brands alike will join us in our #LifeAfterPlastic mission. We are strongly aligned with the work of Plastic Pollution Coalition, and are proud Plastic Pollution Coalition Business Members. We know change starts with information and education, and people who are passionate about a cause.

This World Turtle Day, we’re bringing attention to the sea turtle icon we place on our plastic-free packaging as a way for us to educate and encourage conversations about the impacts of plastic pollution, which are vast. Not only do plastics harm turtles, but all life on Earth. It’s more important now than ever before to make safe, healthy, and affordable plastic-free products widely available. Pangea, our name, is symbolic of our vision: Bringing the world back together again.

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Mother’s Day is almost here and moms and nurturers around the world deserve to be celebrated now more than ever. We believe that nothing says ‘I love you’ like a handmade card or a bouquet of handpicked flowers, and for those of you looking for additional ideas to really pamper the eco-minded mamas in your life we’ve compiled a list of some great plastic-free gift ideas.

True Botanicals

True Botanicals makes high-quality skincare products that are safe for people and the planet. All of their products are MADE SAFE certified, and are developed, produced, packaged and shipped in ways that minimize their impact on the environment.


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Glacial Clay Mask – Every mom deserves to wind down with a relaxing face mask, and the Glacial Clay Mask from True Botanicals is an excellent choice. Made with glacial clay, plant-based squalene, and activated bamboo charcoal, it is equal parts purifying and moisturizing. Oh, and did we mention that the packaging is completely plastic-free???

Honey Bee Candles

Honey Bee Candles makes delightful 100% pure beeswax candles that are made with sustainable and ethically sourced surplus beeswax.


Honey Bee Candles

All of Honey Bee’s candles are naturally colored and scented. The moms in your life are sure to love their warm glow and the subtle aroma given by the nectar from the flowers the bees have foraged on. You really can’t go wrong with their beautifully designed candles, but we are partial to their  Honey Bee Column.

Spicers Mill

Spicers Mill makes delicious spice blends, rubs, teas, and seasonings all in 100% plastic-free packaging! They offer gift sets as well as individual jars.


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Tea for Two Gift Set – We think moms everywhere will love the Spicers Mill Tea For Two set. Each of their five teas is bursting with unique flavors that are sure to bring joy to tea loving mamas everywhere.

Organic Essence

Organic Essence makes a range of USDA organic skincare products that exclusively come in plastic-free packaging.


Pure Organic Shea Butter – We are crazy about Organic Essence’s Pure Organic Shea Butter. Deeply hydrating and ultra soothing, this shea butter is the perfect gift for all the moms out there who deserve a bit of pampering.

Sustainability Sanctuary

Sustainability Sanctuary curates a meticulously selected collection of homewares, clothing, and everyday essentials that help you live your same lifestyle, just greener and guilt-free.


Lip Balm #1 – We love the natural Lip Balm available at Sustainability Sanctuary. It is made with wholesome natural ingredients and packaged in biodegradable, plastic-free packaging, so you can feel great about gifting this soothing balm to the eco-minded mamas in your life.

LUSH

LUSH offers a wide variety of handmade, ethically sourced, naked (aka unpackaged) luxury bath and body products that you can feel good about while indulging in self care. Check out a couple of our favorites below!

Rose Jam Bubbleroon (Bubble Bar) – Swap out sugary sweets with this bubble bar inspired by delicious handmade macaroons. Made with fresh rose oil, the Rose Jam Bubbleroon not only smells amazing, it also soothes dry and sensitive skin.

Pink Petitgrain (Bubble Bar) – This pretty pink bubble bar is a fun spin on traditional Mother’s Day flowers. Refreshing, sweet and uplifting, this cute bath buddy emits a calming, woodsy aroma.

Rose Butterfly (Bath Bomb) – Make your mama’s heart flutter with this bright and bubbly butterfly bath bomb.

Homemade Betty

Homemade Betty offers a selection of organic, vegan, zero waste skincare products. Check out one of our favorite Homemade Betty offerings.


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Organic Lavender Lemon Body Butter – Rich, creamy and handmade with love, this body butter comes in a zero waste jar that can be refilled and used again and again!

Wild Minimalist

Wild Minimalist is an online story for people who are striving to live a plastic-free, zero waste lifestyle. They offer tons of items that are great for all the mothers out there and for Mother Earth.

Children’s Organic Biodegradable Bandaids – Every mother knows that bandaids are a staple for at-home and on-the-go first aid kits. Give the eco-friendly mama in your life a pack of these biodegradable bandaids that protect boo boos and the planet!

Clam and Clasp

Clam and Clasp makes beautiful jewelry from sustainably collected seashells, and a portion of the proceeds from all sales go to ocean conservation organizations.


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Advocate Necklace – The Advocate Necklace is handcrafted in California with sustainably collected, 14K gold-plated seashells. 20% of sales of these beautiful and unique pieces is donated to Plastic Pollution Coalition. The mothers in your life will no doubt be pleased with such a thoughtful and eco-friendly gift.

Refuse Necklace (Life Without Plastic)

Life Without Plastic is an online store with a large selection of items that help people eliminate plastic from their lives. They even offer a necklace that we helped design!


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PPC Refuse Necklace – The PPC ‘Refuse Plastic’ necklace was designed by Susan Rockefeller to send a message and symbolize that the time has come to refuse single-use plastics. Available for sale on the Life Without Plastic website, purchases of this necklace supports our work to eliminate single-use plastic.

Green and Gorgeous

Green and Gorgeous makes beauty products that people can truly feel good about. Their non-GMO, organic, vegan, cruelty-free products come in eco-friendly, biodegradable packaging because they are passionate about protecting the planet.

Dry Shampoo – The dry shampoos from Green and Gorgeous are 100% vegan, non-toxic, organic, sulfate free, talc free, fragrance free and plastic free! This gift will make the mamas in your life look and feel radiant without having to worry about toxic chemicals or plastic packaging.

Lotion Stick – Handcrafted in San Francisco and packaged in plastic-free, biodegradable, compostable containers, the lotion stick from Green and Gorgeous is a must-have for eco-minded mamas who worry about dry or flakey skin.

Samudra Skin & Sea


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Samudra Skin & Sea is a socially-conscious skincare brand handmade in small batches from a variety of plant-based ingredients. With every purchase of Samudra Skin & Sea products they raise awareness about our impact on the ocean and her creatures.

Sea Soap | Hair and Body – Sea Soap from Samudra Skin & Sea is made from avocado and edible-grade seaweed to soothe and hydrate both skin and hair. Their formula is sulfate and paraben-free, so it is 100% biodegradable, too!

The Circular Living Co.

The Circular Living Co. is a cosmetic company that makes products that are free from toxic chemicals and plastic packaging. The founders are dedicated to making circular living more accessible and plastic pollution a thing of the past.


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Funk Free Whipped Deodorant – This is the perfect gift for busy mamas who are committed to living a zero waste lifestyle. Free of aluminum, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, artificial dies, petroleum, GMOs, palm oil and plastic, this is a gift you can truly feel good about giving.

Ethique

Ethique is the world’s first Zero Waste, full range beauty brand. Their products are vegan, cruelty free, palm oil free, and plastic free, and to date they have prevented over 3.3 million plastic bottles from use and disposal.


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Ethique Hair Sampler – The Ethique Hair Sampler set is a great Mother’s Day gift as it contains samples of a range of five of their hair products that come in cute little heart shapes to remind the most important mamas in your life just how much you love them.

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and we know how hard it can be to find the perfect gift to show the amazing mothers in your life how important they are to you. We put together this Plastic-Free Mother’s Day Gift Guide with items that will delight the wonderful mamas in your life and Mother Earth!

LUSH

LUSH offers a wide variety of handmade, ethically sourced, naked (aka unpackaged) luxury bath and body products that you can feel good about while indulging in self care. Check out a couple of our favorites below! 

Rose Jam Bubbleroon (Bubble Bar) – Swap out sugary sweets with this bubble bar inspired by delicious handmade macaroons. Made with fresh rose oil, the Rose Jam Bubbleroon not only smells amazing, it also soothes dry and sensitive skin.

Pink Petitgrain (Bubble Bar) – This pretty pink bubble bar is a fun spin on traditional Mother’s Day flowers. Refreshing, sweet and uplifting, this cute bath buddy emits a calming, woodsy aroma.

Rose Butterfly (Bath Bomb)– Make your mama’s heart flutter with this bright and bubbly butterfly bath bomb.

Homemade Betty

Homemade Betty offers a selection of organic, vegan, zero waste skincare products. Check out one of our favorite Homemade Betty offerings. 

Organic Lavender Lemon Body Butter – Rich, creamy and handmade with love, this body butter comes in a zero waste jar that can be refilled and used again and again!

Wild Minimalist

Wild Minimalist is an online story for people who are striving to live a plastic-free, zero waste lifestyle. They offer tons of items that are great for all the mothers out there and for Mother Earth.

Children’s Organic Biodegradable Bandaids – Every mother knows that bandaids are a staple for at-home and on-the-go first aid kits. Give the eco-friendly mama in your life a pack of these biodegradable bandaids that protect boo boos and the planet!

Clam and Clasp

Clam and Clasp makes beautiful jewelry from sustainably collected seashells, and a portion of the proceeds from all sales go to ocean conservation organizations.

Advocate Necklace – The Advocate Necklace is handcrafted in California with sustainably collected, 14K gold-plated seashells. 20% of sales of these beautiful and unique pieces is donated to Plastic Pollution Coalition. The mothers in your life will no doubt be pleased with such a thoughtful and eco-friendly gift.

Refuse Necklace (Life Without Plastic)

Life Without Plastic is an online store with a large selection of items that help people eliminate plastic from their lives. They even offer a necklace that we helped design!

PPC Refuse Necklace – The PPC ‘Refuse Plastic’ necklace was designed by Susan Rockefeller to send a message and symbolize that the time has come to refuse single-use plastics. Available for sale on the Life Without Plastic website, purchases of this necklace supports our work to eliminate single-use plastic.

Green and Gorgeous

Green and Gorgeous makes beauty products that people can truly feel good about. Their non-GMO, organic, vegan, cruelty-free products come in eco-friendly, biodegradable packaging because they are passionate about protecting the planet.   

Dry Shampoo – The dry shampoos from Green and Gorgeous are 100% vegan, non-toxic, organic, sulfate free, talc free, fragrance free and plastic free! This gift will make the mamas in your life look and feel radiant without having to worry about toxic chemicals or plastic packaging.

Lotion Stick – Handcrafted in San Francisco and packaged in plastic-free, biodegradable, compostable containers, the lotion stick from Green and Gorgeous is a must-have for eco-minded mamas who worry about dry or flakey skin.  

Samudra Skin & Sea

Samudra Skin & Sea is a socially-conscious skincare brand handmade in small batches from a variety of plant-based ingredients. With every purchase of Samudra Skin & Sea products they raise awareness about our impact on the ocean and her creatures.

Sea Soap | Hair and Body – Sea Soap from Samudra Skin & Sea is made from avocado and edible-grade seaweed to soothe and hydrate both skin and hair. Their formula is sulfate and paraben-free, so it is 100% biodegradable, too! 

The Circular Living Co.

The Circular Living Co. is a cosmetic company that makes products that are free from toxic chemicals and plastic packaging. The founders are dedicated to making circular living more accessible and plastic pollution a thing of the past.

Funk Free Whipped Deodorant – This is the perfect gift for busy mamas who are committed to living a zero waste lifestyle. Free of aluminum, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, artificial dies, petroleum, GMOs, palm oil and plastic, this is a gift you can truly feel good about giving.  

Ethique

Ethique is the world’s first Zero Waste, full range beauty brand. Their products are vegan, cruelty free, palm oil free, and plastic free, and to date they have prevented over 3.3 million plastic bottles from use and disposal.

Ethique Hair Sampler – The Ethique Hair Sampler set is a great Mother’s Day gift as it contains samples of a range of five of their hair products that come in cute little heart shapes to remind the most important mamas in your life just how much you love them. 

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By PPC and Nowboat

Summer is here! As you lounge poolside or beach side, it’s the perfect time to rethink your beauty routine and make sustainable choices to benefit our oceans and environment. Plastic is a substance that our earth cannot digest, and brands are making it easier for us to find marvelous alternatives to single-use plastic! Here are ten creative ideas to get you started.

1. Use a mineral sunscreen

Chemical sunscreens are poisoning natural coral reefs and may be harmful to human and animal health. Read the label on your sunscreen bottle and avoid these four ingredients.

2. Avoid pool toys with PVC

Unfortunately, many inflatable pool toys are made from toxic PVC (also called Vinyl) which is the most environmentally-damaging of all plastics. Reduce your use of pool toys and consider floaties and mats made from non-toxic EVA foam.

3. Consider purchasing personal care products packaged in paper or glass

Two of our favorites include Organic Essence (paper) and True Botanicals (glass).

4. DIY cosmetics

If you’re feeling adventurous, try making your own cosmetics and storing in your existing makeup containers. Check out this tutorial from Wellness Mama.

5. Go plastic-free with your hair care

Try a shampoo bar, we love these, or check out the no ‘poo method.

6. Look for personal care products without microbeads

What are microbeads? Tiny plastic balls found in exfoliants, body scrubs, even toothpaste. Once they’re washed down your drain, they make their way into the water system, where they are too small to be captured by wastewater facilities and end up wreaking havoc on our lakes, rivers, and oceans. Read labels and avoid products with polyethylene and/or polypropylene in the ingredient list.

7. Just say no to plastic straws in your drink

Plastic straws harm wildlife and cannot be recycled. Plus, sucking on straws may contribute to wrinkles on the skin around your mouth. If you can, skip the straw! Learn more by checking out The Last Plastic Straw.

8. Skip flip flops

Each year, tons of flip flops wash up on the East African coast, wreaking havoc on the marine ecosystem. Look for well-made summer shoes that will last for more than one season. Check out these sustainable summer shoe choices.

9. Hydrate responsibly

Drinking enough water has huge benefits for your skin. Bring a glass or steel reusable water bottle with you and refill it instead of purchasing single-use plastic bottles.

10. Simplify

Embrace the summer season and use less makeup and fewer beauty products overall. Try taking inspiration from the simple and easy beauty routine of a brand like Ringana. Their products are packaged in glass and if you ship back the empty bottles you receive a free product!

Cheers to summer!

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