Pangaia Brand FAQs
Who or what is PANGAIA?
We are a collective with a unique vision - we create beautiful lifestyle products that affect positive change for the planet. We’re building a new model of leadership which champions the team, as opposed to the individual. We are privately funded, have a strong financial base and a business plan which involves a strong philanthropy program from the start.
What do you mean by a ‘collective’?
We believe the power of the collective is more effective than individuals working alone to make change. We’re united by one vision and dream to design a better future, so we’ve organized ourselves into a global group of like-minded individuals, and we invite everyone to join us!
Who can become a part of the PANGAIA collective?
Anyone who shares our values is welcome into our collective. Customers, collaborators and co-creators.
Will you always focus on making basic lifestyle essentials or will you be expanding wider in the future?
This is just the beginning of the journey. We’ve started with the everyday basics as we believe that they are the perfect platform to launch new materials and show true innovation. We’ll then be adding fashion pieces through capsules and collaborations, and plan to explore other categories further down the line -
from jewelry and accessories to furniture.
Can you tell us a few members of the PANGAIA collective?
We are proud to say that our logo was created by the celebrated British art director and graphic designer Peter Miles. Peter has worked on Céline, Gabriela Hearst, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Repossi, Sofia Coppola and Sonia Rykiel, among many others. Our first campaign was styled by international fashion director Julie Pelipas and shot by the young and talented Italian photographer/director Alessandro Furchino Capria.
How are the causes you support chosen? How will you directly impact the charity?
Our philanthropy platform, offers our collective a number of ways to give back to the planet. We encourage any active involvement, including contributing time, energy or funds to pioneering individuals and organizations. We’re currently focusing on ocean plastic pollution - one of the modern world’s most pressing environmental issues according to reports and statistics from the UN and WWF. To do this we’re partnering with 5Gyres who empower action against plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure. 1% of each PANGAIA sale is donated to 5Gyres and we encourage members of the collective to get involved with their projects.
We also celebrate the power of the individual by supporting people who work tirelessly on their own missions, fighting for a better future. A big inspiration for our collective is eight-year-old Ryan Hickman, who founded Ryan’s Recycling to help stop recyclable waste from getting into the ocean. Ryan joined us on Complex Con’s first ever beach clean-up mission organized by our collective together with 5Gyres in Long Beach, California.
You say PANGAIA products are almost 100% natural - what are you doing to make this 100%?
We believe that every stitch matters and have worked hard to make sure that each part of our supply chain is ethical. We go beyond sustainable fabric, to exclusively use sustainable or responsibly sourced trims, labels, threads, zippers and packaging. However, some of our materials - such as recycled polyester and our TIPA packaging - are sustainable but cannot be called 100% natural due to the source of their origin - in this case, plastic and garment waste. So it’s a difficult balance between reusing waste and ignoring it and opting for virgin natural materials. We currently use some amazing natural materials such as seaweed fiber, organic cotton and natural dyes and will continue to incorporate more natural materials as we go. On the production side, we spent months finding the best ethically-run factories around Europe brave enough to take on manufacturing using bio and lab grown materials, recycled and sustainable fabrics. We visit each site on a regular basis to ensure that we build strong personal relationships not just with the owners, but with the people actually making our products. We always strive to have a fully sustainable, natural collection and keep the garment quality at the highest level.
You say the collection is sustainable, is it vegan too?
Yes, PANGAIA products are 100% vegan. All our fabrics are either plant-based or lab-grown and no animals were hurt or used to create any of our designs - no skins, hair or feathers, no fur, leather, wool or silk. We’re always working on new concepts and ideas. For example, our puffer jacket is constructed from 100% recycled fabric filled with wild flower down, a unique material made from natural, dried wild flowers, which have a down-like microstructure, making it exceptionally warm yet breathable. This vegan technology gives a viable alternative to goose down and has taken over 10 years to develop.
Why are your products so expensive?
It’s not easy being the first in any field. To pioneer is to go away from the mass and do something different and bespoke. Our prices reflect these costs and we’re aware that they are currently out of reach for some people, however there are real reasons for this. Each PANGAIA product represents this investment in the future of materials science. We work with the most advanced scientists, researchers
and technologists in their areas - from fibers to packaging – and with forward-thinking factories and makers in Europe who treat their people to our exacting ethical standards. Highest quality, ethical standards and latest innovations will always be our priority. By introducing new sustainable technologies and practices to the fashion and apparel industry, our ultimate goal is to show others a way forward, so they become more widespread. This will build scale and drive down costs across the industry, make sustainable innovation the norm rather than the
Where do you make your clothes?
Most of our products are made in Europe - Italy and Portugal predominantly. Our warehouse is also located in Portugal which makes the logistics easier and reduces our carbon footprint as a company. As we source our fabrics, natural dyes and technologies globally due to the scarcity, nature and origin of some of these innovations, it was crucial for us to produce everything in one place. We chose Portugal for the quality of their factories, labor law compliance, and range of factories with the latest eco certifications. It was also important for us to partner with factories and people who share our ideas and are ready to incorporate the latest and best eco innovations, technologies and sustainable processes. They are ready to experiment with us, so this partnership is key for us.
We work with like-minded manufacturers we can partner closely with and visit often - location is important for us to ensure our travel footprint is minimal. We also want to ensure the high standards of staff welfare and quality output.
Are your production partners certified?
Yes. For example, the factory that creates the yarn for our seaweed fiber t-shirt has several certificates: Fair Trade, Global Organic Textile Standard, BCI and Global Recycled Standard. Our yarn is made into cloth at an Italian factory that fully complies with all the eco-toxicological parameters requested by
national and international regulations, from REACH to GB 18401 for China. In 2017 they also received certification from the Italian Textile & Health Association, the institution that works together with the Italian Health Care Ministry to focus on eco-toxicology in the garment industry. Our Portuguese
garment production facility has its own sustainability goals to reach and they have started by enlarging their facilities and placing solar panels in order to reduce the consumption of energy.