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The fringe predicts the future.Joshua Scott Onysko
A Note About Our Founder
Joshua Scott Onysko is the founder and CEO of Pangea Organics, a skin and bodycare company he began in 2001 out of his garage. Since then, Pangea has become an international brand, recognized for its leadership in creating premium-quality formulations born from the marriage of pure ingredients and high integrity sourcing.
Joshua has been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The Wall Street Journal. He is a plant-based chef, self-taught perfumer, visual artist, and a sought-after public speaker. His speaking credentials include TedX, UCLA, and Cosmoprof.
As an entrepreneur, Joshua has proven his mantra many times over that “the fringe predicts the future.” Each brand he creates stewards the fringe by leading with cutting-edge formulations that honor purity, people, and planet. He knows that fair, forward-thinking business practices will positively shape the lives of his stakeholders – from employees to farmers – and those practices require a vision that stretches beyond the comfort of the mainstream.
Joshua commits to creating a plastic-free world, beginning with the packaging he uses for his brands. When he began Pangea Organics in 2001, going organic, vegan, and chemical-free was unconventional; now it's the gold standard. Alpine Provisions will be the first of his brands to go plastic-free, and the rest will soon follow. His vision is that this will pave the way for an all-industry phase-out of plastic.
Joshua has an unending curiosity about the world and a belief that opportunity is everywhere. As a kid, this made him resourceful; as an adult it allowed him to flourish. By age six he landed his first job delivering newspapers. At 14 he had a thriving fake ID business. By 16 he dropped out of school and began to work and travel his way around the world. Before he turned 21, he spent time in over 42 countries taking almost any job opportunity that arose. This included selling peaches in India and slinging knock-off Rolex watches and Luis Vuitton handbags in the red light district of Tokyo.
If you want to find Joshua, he’ll be at the cedar A-frame in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado that he shares with his chickens, miniature fainting goats, and a cat. He’ll likely be chopping wood, playing blues harp, or cooking elaborate vegan meals for his friends. If he’s not there, look for him on a dirt road, riding his dual-sport motorcycle, where he won’t be seeking adventure, but, rather, creating it.