World Soil Day
“The soil is the great connector of life, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.”
- Wendell Berry in The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
It’s world soil day, which you may not have known before you read this. Here are a few other facts about soil you also may not have known. According to the United Nations World Soil Day you can contemplate:
There are more living organisms in a tablespoon of soil than people on Earth. Soil is a world made up of organisms, minerals, and organic components that provides food for humans and animals through plant growth.
- Like us, soil needs a balanced and varied supply of nutrients in appropriate amounts to be healthy.
- Agricultural systems lose nutrients with each harvest, and if soils are not managed sustainably.
- Soil degradation induces some soils to be nutrient-depleted, losing their capacity to support crops, while others have such a high nutrient concentration that they represent a toxic environment to plants and animals, pollute the environment, and cause climate change.
According to the Soil Health Institute, farmers can enrich the soil and enhance life from the microscopic scale to the global scale. Adopting soil health systems can increase microbial diversity, improve farmer livelihood, increase agricultural productivity, and build climate resilience. As a result, downstream communities receive cleaner water, ecosystem health is restored, rural landscapes are sustained, and climate change is held in check for future generations.
At Pangea we talk about the creation of our products from ‘soil to skin’ - this means partnerships with farmers who adhere to regenerative and organic methods in their ingredients to preserve our soil, our health, and our world. Our commitment to sustainable practices is uncompromising, and our network of aligned partners who support these values spans over 50 regions around the world. We’re so grateful for the partnerships that continue to drive future change with us.
Our Daily AHA Gentle Exfoliator is made with cranberries from James Lake Farms, where they share our goal of creating products that are good for the earth and good for us, too. At James Lake, their farming practices are organic and focus on healthy preservation of the land. They have seen the natural habitat of their cranberries bounce back and thrive. They strive for ecosystem balance and a healthy cycle of life on their land. Footage of this year’s cranberry harvest is here.
When you use Pangea products, you are part of the virtuous cycle of enriching and enhancing the world in which you live. Our ingredients come from partners we choose carefully, our packaging is made with materials that will not end up in a landfill, and our company was started and is driven by a deep connection to the earth and the healing powers of nature. So join us on World Soil Day and give back to the community of microorganisms that give us all life and health.