World Philosophy Day
Today is World Philosophy Day. We wanted to share the feelings of two old school poets and early environmental philosophers William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge in their book Lyrical Ballads because they share our love of the earth and the healing power of nature.
“…Therefore am I still
A lover of the meadows and the woods,
And mountains; and of all that we behold
From this green earth, of all the mighty world . . .”
As people, and as a company, it’s our philosophy to love the planet, the humans and animals on it, and we want to be good stewards of the bounty we’ve been given. We are lovers of the seaweed, the cranberries, the flowers from borage and helichrysum, the cucumbers, the ginger, and the people who bring them to us. This love drives our choices, so we think about the next seven generations, and how what we're creating today is going to affect them. That’s good philosophy in action.
Another of our philosopher favorites, Robin Wall Kimmerer, gives us more to think about when she wrote in her book Braiding Sweetgrass: “Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.”
Be a part of the solution
The earth is loving us back when we use her gifts to soothe, pamper, and feed our skin and our souls. We need the love and the earth does, too. Our plastic-free packaging is part of that love of the delightful world around us. Our Founder and CEO, Joshua Onysko is a scuba diver and about five years ago, he noticed a major increase in the amount of plastic in the ocean and wanted to be part of the solution, not the problem. We went all in, eliminating all the plastic in our packaging to honor and protect this planet we love so much.
Next time you pick up a Pangea bottle, take a look at the topographical map on it. It’s a map of the region of the primary ingredient in that product. It’s a reminder of the place and people who make the products possible. It’s how you share in the human care and the earth care. It’s beauty unpolluted, the philosophy we use to make decisions at Pangea.
Philosophy can change the world
A final thought from nature philosopher J. Drew Lanham who reminds us that our love of the earth drives us to be philosophers ourselves. “I believe the best way to begin reconnecting humanity's heart, mind, and soul to nature is for us to share our individual stories.” So take time today to tell someone what you believe, your story, and be a philosopher of love and care.