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December 16, 2017 / 9:20 pm EST


Use Your Soap… And Plant It, Too!
Use Your Soap… And Plant It, Too!Nov 1, 2008

Skin is the body’s largest organ. It’s porous, the gateway to your insides. So why would you slather it in petroleum and chemicals? Joshua Onysko, founder and CEO of Pangea Organics Ecocentric Bodycare, understands the delicate nature of skin and reminds us, “the products your skin isn’t absorbing are washing down the drain and into the ecosystem. Imagine the impact of showers every morning!” That’s why he created skin care products that are truly organic.

Onysko tries to tell consumers “99% of brands that have ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ on the package really contain petroleum. [Eco-consciousness] is a completely new industry. Natural doesn’t mean anything and the term is not regulated.” Pangea doesn’t mess around with their labels to dupe consumers into thinking they are making a conscientious purchase. Instead, Pangea writes everything on there (etched into the glass bottles rather than glued on labels that waste resources). You can learn about each of their 61 ingredients on Pangea’s website, and you’ll most likely be able to pronounce every one of them. Where other companies would use complicated synthetic ingredients as filler, Pangea makes sure to use ingredients that are functional and perform. This means something like marshmallow root not only works as an antioxidant and anti-wrinkle agent, but also thickens the lotions where you’ll find it.

All Pangea products are completely plant-based with no chemicals or hidden petroleum byproducts. Pangea purchases ingredients from organic farms in 52 countries and won’t even use chemicals to extract oils from herbs like lemongrass. Instead, the plants are soaked or pressed or steamed (in a wind-powered factory) to maximize the medicinal properties pampering your skin. Better still, these practices ensure that products begin biodegrading within 48 hours, unlike more mainstream products that can sit in a landfill for up to 200 years.

But that’s not the coolest part. When you tear open a bar of soap, you don’t even need to drop the carton into your recycle bin. Instead, take the 100% post-consumer paper out to your yard and plant it. All Pangea wrappers are imbedded with seeds like amaranth or basil so you can experience the beauty of Pangea ingredients long after you shower.

Don’t just purchase Pangea products because they’re good for you and good for the planet. You should also consider that this company cares about its people. Every employee is paid a living wage (at least $12.50 per hour) and receives comprehensive benefits that include alternative medicine. Pangea employees even get a paid half hour per week to work in the company’s 3,000 square foot organic garden.

The name Pangea comes from the term used to describe an ancient landmass—all the land of the Earth combined before it split into continents. With every shaving of soap they sell, Pangea is doing its part to bring this world back together again.

By Katy Rank Lev

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