Clean with Consciousness: Pangea Naturals Products

GIRL AT HOME: Becky Tarditi of Barnegat Light started Pangea Naturals almost 20 years ago. (Photos by Victoria Ford)

Right off the bat, the first name for biodegradable cleansers is Dr. Bronner’s, a wonderful company, according to Becky Tarditi of Pangea Naturals at the Manahawkin Mart. She had put together a bunch of her favorite all-natural cleaning products and shared a little bit about how each is good for the planet while it does its job.

She said anyone using an outdoor shower, where the runoff goes directly into the ground, should consider storing it with Dr Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap and the doc’s Sal Suds All-Purpose Cleaner, made with ingredients. which biodegrade quickly. The company itself is committed to “socially and environmentally responsible products”.

At Pangea, the full line of Bronner products, arranged in a rainbow order, can be found immediately near the entrance.

So much goes into the products consumers buy, Tarditi reflected, especially if the goal is to make ethical, moral and humanitarian purchasing choices. It is rare for a product to reach benchmarks in terms of cost, environmental impact and health; but right away, Tarditi pointed out that the Sal Suds concentrate in a gallon jug does all three. Sold as a concentrate, a small batch can be prepared at any time, for any task.

General advice in the “greener cleaners” industry is to avoid perfumes, dyes and preservatives, Tarditi said – especially parabens, which are commonly found in cosmetics and personal care products. . His store is paraben free. It is also GMO free. Her suppliers know, “Everything is GMO-free, or it just doesn’t come at the door,” she said. She is also a member of the Independent Natural Foods Retailers Association.

The key phrases to look for on wellness products are: plant energy, respect for the environment, fair trade and women’s ownership.

“I always say we’re like a mini Whole Foods but without coffee and with better prices,” she added.

For a kitchen and bathroom that sparkle, the biodegradable Bon Ami has been an old trusted name since 1886, known for its “effective, non-toxic formula” – a powder cleaner containing natural mild abrasives (feldspar and limestone) and odor absorbing properties. “Haven’t scratched yet!” Is the boast on the label.

Seventh Generation makes a leave-in disinfectant spray that Tarditi really loves. Given current concerns about the spread of the disease, it is important to have a natural disinfectant on hand, she noted. “No flushing required” is its main message – that is, safe. She also sells a “mask purifier” spray from Pranarom, an alcohol-based mist and essential oils that refreshes a mask while it airs for a few hours between portages and washes.

As an alternative to harsh and harmful bleach, chlorine-free bleaches are available. It’s basically hydrogen peroxide, Tarditi said.

Ecover “cleans well,” the brand cleverly states, with laundry, cleaning, dishwashing and personal care products. Another laundry soap recommended by Tarditi is Biokleen; and for an ecological dishwasher gel, Ecos Wave. Ecos also makes a creamy looking furniture polish – a down-to-earth lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing a beautiful shine!

More than just a health food store, Pangea takes pride in providing Long Beach Island and the surrounding area with useful information aimed at improving health – such as a blog and an extensive collection of health notes. Store events throughout the year include a health show, in-store demonstrations, and educational lectures.

Tarditi’s roots on Long Beach Island go back a long way. (Like, a long time ago.) She said her mother’s family had a house built on 24th Street in Spray Beach in the 1890s, and that she herself had resided full time on the island since 1946. (except eight years after college when she lived in Philadelphia). His paternal grandparents influenced his evolution towards eco-consciousness and a mindset of sustainability. Grandpa was a health freak, she said, who lived in Southern California, drank carrot juice to improve his eyesight and died at the age of 94 with all of her own teeth.

Her own consciousness rose when she began to read labels. She sought out Aunt Millie’s tomato sauce because it had less sugar. She was careful of the strikes against the sugar, the grapes, the lettuce; she began to care about the way workers were treated. She has always fought for gender equality, inclusion and other progressive ideas. Influential books have shaped his way of thinking; Our bodies ourselves and Black like me were two she named.

“Everything is connected.

-Victoria Ford

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