Cannabis Cleans Up The Trash
“Could these packaging companies be the new faces of sustainability?”
Article by : Jarius Pierre-Toussaint of Decarbaked
The rapid increase in sales throughout the cannabis industry has resulted in an influx of product packaging waste. According to the Washington Post, this industry has produced so much plastic waste that it “clogs gutters, sewers, and landfills.” Ben Wu, a cannabis industry expert and consultant, asked that if an “environmentally friendly bottle cost fifty cents, and the traditional bottle only cost fifteen cents, which one would you go with?’At a glance, the industries expansion into recreational products caused an immeasurable boost in sales across the board. The FDA was forced to restructure the laws concerning cannabis product packaging in pursuit of child safety due to a sheer increase in availability. As regulations became more fierce, those involved in the industry found themselves worried that the FDA’s crack down would result in decreased profit and overall availability. I argue that the cannabis industry should be at the frontline concerning biodegradable packaging material and sustainability. Hemps structural versatility allows it to function as a composite material for producing items such as hemp plastic and hemp Crete. These two composites offer an opportunity to restructure the industry and reduce its produced share of national waste by replacing nonrenewable and non -recyclable materials.
Due to this budding industry’s new production ethics, several companies and government initiatives have taken a stance to prioritize sustainability in the cannabis industry. Companies like Sana Packaging, Sun Grown Packaging, and Hisierra are standing on the frontline as we speak. These companies prioritize using recyclable, child-resistant, environmentally friendly packaging in order to improve the industry standard.
Sun Grow Packaging (SGP), located in Oakland California, was the first company to capture a patent for recyclable,
compostable, child-resistant packaging products. From recyclable packaging to soy-based ink printing, SGP prioritizes a hands-on local approach to their production. Their company serves as an example for the incoming wave of ganjapreneurs and investors seeking methods for maneuvering though the FDA’s new regulations. Visit their booth at MJBIZCON in Las Vegas If you’re interested in learning more about the company or improving your own businesses sustainability. MJBIZCON takes place from November 14-16.
Sana Packaging, founded in 2016 is a United States Packaging company that operates locally. Their unique products are designed utilizing a hemp composite which is bio degradable, recyclable, and compliant with the FDA’s regulation. Sana Packaging also takes action to clean and support environmental sustainability by utilizing reclaimed ocean plastic in their products. Their drive to produce sustainability and affordable pricing is fueled by a reconstruction of the “take-make-dispose” industrial model currently present in packaging. Overall, this company is my new found favorite and I hope to see them expand their hemp composite products into the 3D printing market.
Hiserria Compliant Packaging, founded in 2014, is a renewable cannabis packaging company made in the USA. Their company not only focuses on creating environmentally friendly packaging, but also seeks to improve the methods in which the packaging is made. Their factory ethics is fueled by a need for sustainability and 100% wind energy. Hiserria’s plant based products include customizable dispensary exit bags, pound size bags, and more.
If you’re interested in purchasing any of these products or finding out how you can help, visit their websites and find out today!