Pangaia Women's FLWRDWN™ Lite Puffer Vest

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Pangaia is a pioneer within the sustainable fashion industry when it comes to innovative material science technology. I’ve chosen to review them to get a holistic look at their company and how much sustainability is implemented within the making of the FLWRDWN™ Lite Puffer Vest. Pangaia has a “digital passport” for 66% of their products which includes a supply chain map, lifecycle rationale, and how to care for your product. Pangaia’s clothing is also not currently made to be repurposed, in other words, it has only one life cycle. Although Pangaia has some open loops within their business, they are making strides to make 100% of their products traceable and to make them have multiple uses beyond their first design.

What it's made of:


Pangaia is known for its innovative fashion technology. The FLWRDWN™ Lite Puffer Vest is made with a bio-based down-filled material that is created from combining natural wildflowers and a biopolymer, both biodegradable materials infused with aerogel for performance and durability. Although Pangaia’s Vest is filled with an innovative sustainable material, the vest itself is made of an enhanced nylon material. There is no information available that explains the sustainability benefits of this enhanced nylon compared to regular nylon. Nylon is unsustainable because it is in part derived from coal and petroleum, so producing nylon creates greenhouse gases. It specifically produces nitrous oxide which is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Nylon also requires a great amount of water and energy resources to create, contributing to environmental degradation and global warming. While Pangaia has found great alternatives for some aspects of their clothing, it would be even more sustainable if they were able to do so for all aspects of the Vest. 

How it's made:


The digital passport of each Pangaia product varies, but manufacturing mostly occurs in Portugal and Italy, following their production standards. Pangaia has set strict guidelines their partners must follow. Pangaia’s supplier code of conduct expresses a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to social and environmental standards. Pangaia orders are delivered with biodegradable and compostable packaging. Although made with sustainable materials, it is currently not made to be remade. In other words, their clothing has one life cycle. If Pangaia found a way to recycle their non-biodegradable materials such as nylon, they would be able to create more life cycles out of the same material, thereby reducing their environmental impact.

Who makes it:


Pangaia has five tiers of suppliers: warehousing, garment development, dye application, fabric development, and cultivation. In terms of the FLWRDWN™ material, raw materials were sourced from the USA, Italy, and Germany. The supplier code of conduct requires suppliers to adhere to the following guidance policies: business partners must not use forced labor; suppliers shall not impose any type of physical or verbal abuse on employees; suppliers must comply with all applicable national regulations, and suppliers will clearly define working hours and meet local standard wages. If slavery or human trafficking is identified, Pangaia will either work with NGOs or third parties to remedy the situation. Alternatively, they may cut ties with that supplier altogether.