Pangaia

overall rating:

2.75

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Flora Frankopan
11/30/2021
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Pangaia is a fashion tech company, which launched in 2018. Based at Moscow, New York and London, this start-up company is seen as a sustainable brand promoting the use of technological materials. They used innovative technology and bio-engineered resources to design products for an ‘Earth-positive future’. The name Pangaia derives from the ancient Greek word ‘pan’ meaning all-inclusive and ‘gaia’, meaning (mother) earth.  Their mission is to eliminate the (fast) fashion industry’s overdependence on non-renewable and bio-degradable textiles, such fossil fuel produced synthetic fibres. For example, 92 million tons of materials fill up a land waste across the world annually, the equivalent to a garbage truck full every second. Overall, this promising company gets a high earth rating due to its sustainable goals and the innovating and ground-breaking science research it is undertaking in the fashion industry.

What it's made of:

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Pangaia’s products features a range of clothes, such as jumpers and joggers, with its main production facilities in Portugal and England. Some of their bestsellers include their recycled cashmere hoodie, 365 sweatshirt and track pants and Lite half-zip jacket. These products come In a range of colours, such as their core colours (such as sand, off-white and grey marl) as well as pop colours (e.g. persimmon orange, orchid purple, cobalt blue and flamingo pink). As only 12% of clothing material are recycled throughout the world, Pangaia tries to combine innovative technology in their products to make them more sustainable, long-lasting and eco-friendly. Their 3 main pillars of science, purpose and design thus produced a range of environmental ingredients. For example, they use bio-based fibres such as FLWRDWN™, a patented technology that uses animal and cruelty-free alternatives. C-Fiber uses eucalyptus pulp and seaweed powder to create water-saving and 100% biodegradable fabric. Plant fibres like PLNTFIBERTM uses fast-growing plants like bamboo and Himalayan nettle to create materials as well as FRUTFIBER™ which repurposes good waste, like banana and pineapple lead figure into fabric. In addition to recycled materials such as nylon, polyester and cashmere (fitting with the responsible wool standard (RWS)), Pangaia have created Grape leather, which isn’t made from synthetic materials like PVC, but is mainly biobased using the remains of grapes and PUD, making it 70% more renewable. These range of innovative ingredients used to produce their clothing range demonstrates the costs, length and effort of the company to promote and enhance their sustainability. These products can hopefully be expanded in the future to transform the fashion industry for the future.

How it's made:

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In addition to its ingredients, Pangaia attempts to promote sustainability throughout the production process. In the traditional fashion industry, it takes 3,000 litres of water to make 1 cotton shirt and 10,000 to grow 1kg of cotton. Pangaia uses recycled cotton which saves around 20,000 litres and reduces the required energy use. Similarly, throughout the treatments and production of their clothes and materials, the company uses more environmentally friendly processes. For example, PPRMINT creates a durable odour and antimicrobial treatment that allows their goods to stay fresher for longer, lasting up to 50 washes. This is good for the environment as each household on average uses over 100,000 gallons of water annually. Pangaia also try to implement sustainable textile dyeing techniques. As this usually has a great environmental carbon-footprint and uses lots of chemicals, often polluting water systems and harming ecosystems. Instead, the company uses recycled water systems and renewable energy as well as being Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) compliant. In addition to using natural and bio-based dyes, such as poly-functional reactive dyes, Pangaia worked with 3rd party safety certifications like GOTS and Standard 100 by Oeko. The company also uses miDori BioWick, a 100% bio-based wicking process innovated from microalgae, which keeps clothes cool and dry, which reduces the carbon footprint, use of chemicals and is GMO free. This variety of production processes further shows the scientific innovations that Pangaia is championing to maximise its sustainability. Although not much is clear about its labour force conditions, these technologies should be expanded across the industry to further counteract climate change.

Who makes it:

2.5

Pangaia was founded by Miroslava Duma, a Russian fashion and innovative entrepreneur. After working for magazines and celebrity, she turned into a business investor and set up this company and Future Tech Lab in 2018 with $50 million. The senior designer of Pangaia is Ka Shing Lau. In addition to their various employees, Pangaia also partner with various projects and organisations. For example, they work with the Tomorrow Tree Fund which helps provide donations to sustainable issues. Their also have partnership with Milkywire app which directly donates to grassroot companies over the world for a varies of issues like protecting wildlife, acting against climate change and conserving forests and oceans. They work with a variety of other workers such as Jean Wiener, biologist founder of ‘Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversite Marine (FoProBiM) in Haiti and Heïdi Sevestre, a glaciologist working towards carbon-neutral science in the Artic. Finally, Pangaia support several charities of various issues, like Color of Change, Doctors without Borders and New South Wales Rural Fire Service (giving 100% profits from 48 hours of sales in January). Overall, these range of partnerships show how they are actively dedicated to improving sustainability not only in their company but beyond.

 

Overall, Pangaia have a high earth rating to their various innovating efforts to promote sustainability and protection of the environment. Their resources, ingredients and production processes demonstrate the time, money and effort investing into new sustainable technologies. These promising innovations should hopefully be expanded and become more accessible to further encourage sustainability and environmental conservation across the fashion industry. While more information on their work force would be better and lower costs of products would allow a greater proportion of people to shop sustainability, the company Pangaia and their scientific designs are paving the way in the fashion industry to achieve high sustainability and helping combat climate change for the long-term future.