The PANGAIA Seaweed T-Shirt is made with saltwater Seaweed Fiber and GOTS Certified organic cotton. It’s treated with natural peppermint oil to keep it fresh for longer, helping you save water, energy and time.
Fall means many things to many people: back-to-school, shorter days, falling leaves and cooler temperatures. It also means the return of “sweater weather,” the blissful time of year when cozy, comfortable clothing takes center stage. But if you’re trying to reduce your carbon footprint, “comfortable” and “cozy” aren’t the only things to be looking for when stocking up on fall wardrobe essentials. This is also an excellent opportunity to make more conscious consumer decisions. Enter PANGAIA. Here’s a closer look at this innovative materials science collective dedicated to creating clothes that are as beautiful in intention as they are in appearance.
Getting to Know PANGAIA
Launched in 2018, PANGAIA was born of the belief that fashion doesn’t have to be fussy; nor does it have to be an environmental scourge. The brand’s goal? To create extraordinary lifestyle products with a positive impact on the planet.
If you’re wondering what makes PANGAIA a “collective,” you’re not alone. The answer is a simple one. PANGAIA believes that many people working together toward a common objective are more powerful than one person working alone. As such, the company partners with world-leading research institutions, laboratories and scientists toward cutting-edge materials science breakthroughs, including everything from antibacterial peppermint oil to the biodegradable, breathable, cruelty-free goose and duck down alternative, FLWRDWN.
“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!” enthuses the company’s website.
Clothing to Live In
While PANGAIA has plans to expand through capsules, collaborations and new categories like jewelry, accessories and furniture, its current area of focus is everyday basis for men, women and children, including t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, track pants, sweatshirts, shorts, dresses, and puffer jackets.
In bringing to life the PANGAIA Seaweed T-Shirt, PANGAIA uses a number of exciting technologies and approaches, including seaweed fibers, botanical and environmentally friendly dyes, organic cotton, recycled materials and compostable packaging. PANGAIA is also dedicated to a zero-waste circular system.
While it’s difficult to pick just one product to highlight out of PANGAIA’s many sartorial solutions, PANGAIA’s Seaweed Fiber T-Shirt is the embodiment of the brand’s mission and aesthetic. Combining lightweight saltwater seaweed fiber with GOTS-certified organic cotton, this soft, relaxed fit t-shirt’s natural peppermint oil treatment means it stays fresher for longer. Over the course of the t-shirt’s lifetime, this design element reduces water waste by up to 3,000 liters!
Wondering about the company’s name, meanwhile? The word “pan” means “all,” while the word “Gaia” refers to the ancient personification of the earth as a mother figure. Together, they form the “PANGAIA” ethos which asserts that we’re all connected — not just in being nurtured by the planet we inhabit, but by our responsibility to nurture it, in return. We can think of no more comfortable way to do our part this season than by adding a PANGAIA piece or two to our fall wardrobe.
Think t-shirts can’t change the world? Think again. While it might sound like hyperbole, the reality is that the clothing we wear has a significant impact on the environment. Whether that impact is positive or negative depends on the choices we make as consumers. Of course, making the most informed buying decisions hinges on understanding all of the options — explore how sustainable clothing brand Industry of All Nations (IOAN) is changing the world for the better with their sustainable fashion line.