Since its inception in 2018, PANGAIA has strived to build an Earth-positive future by creating a meaningful dialogue between product and consumer. Three years later, the material science company — which lives up to its strict ethical value — has received the prestigious B Corp-certified status, commemorating its commitment toward purpose and science as drivers of sustainable change.
To obtain the golden sustainable status of “B-Corp,” the company had to provide answers and evidence to 300 questions about its key impact across the areas of Governance, Workers, Community, Environment and Customers. PANGAIA obtained a total of 84.5 on the assessment and was complimented for having four Impact Business Models (or IBMs) across the Governance and Environmental sectors, partly for using innovative materials and processes.
On the importance of the recognition, Maria Srivastava, Chief Impact Officer at PANGAIA, shared, “Achieving B Corp certification is a major milestone, especially so early into our journey. B Corp’s framework supports our ongoing mission to inspire and accelerate an Earth-positive future and ensures that we continue to do business differently, prioritizing the planet and its people.”
Around 6,058 businesses worldwide have been certified as B Corp. In the U.K., there are over 1,000 companies with the recognition, including TOMS and Allbirds. PANGAIA understands that the achievement is “a journey, not a destination” and looks forward to “continuing its work towards a future where it gives back more than it takes and achieves balance with the world around us.”
The company is committed to achieving net-zero emissions across its own operations by 2025, reducing its overall emissions by half by 2030, and reaching net zero by 2040. In 2021, PANGAIA donated over $670,000 to environmental and social causes and founded the planting and protection of over 630,000 trees through 11 grassroots NGOs across 15 countries.
In early 2022, PANGAIA unveiled shirts made with Infinna™, a biodegradable fiber created entirely from textile waste. A few months later, the company collaborated with Spiber to produce a lab-grown hoodie. It also released a food dye capsule as part of its innovative research journey and finished the year reimagining activewear by prizing plant-based fabrics over personal best statistics. The year 2023 is looking bright for the unstoppable material science company.