If most scientists are right, this whole world’s going to go poof almost as fast as a gravity bong load. That’s part of the reason why many companies in the cannabis industry are trying to make their product more sustainable.
And a big piece of that is packaging. New state and federal laws in the U.S. and Canada often require each serving of edibles and concentrates to be individually wrapped. That means that often compliant packaging involves plastic packages inside of other plastic packages, which some might call pretty wasteful.
One company trying to offset that waste is offering cannabis packaging made from reclaimed ocean plastic. For the project, Sana Packaging, a marijuana packaging outfit, is teaming with Oceanworks, a company devoted to repurposing plastics collected from the ocean.
“This is an incredible opportunity to help clean our oceans and protect some of our planet’s most fragile ecosystems,” said Sana Packaging co-founder and CEO Ron Basak-Smith. “While hemp bioplastics will remain our core focus, ocean plastic is a problem we have to address.”
Meanwhile a Canadian cannabis retail chain is launching a program that will make it easy for marijuana consumers to recycle their product packaging. All five locations of Canna Cabana in the province of Alberta are expected to accept nearly all kinds of legal cannabis packaging. That includes plastic bottles and caps, joint tubes, plastic bags, and inner and outer plastic packaging.
The program came about as the result of consumer feedback, according to the President and CEO of High Tide, Canna Cabana’s parent company. “We heard from our customers, loud and clear, that they weren’t happy when it came to the excess amount of packaging that is required for cannabis products,” the President said.
“Although we have no control over the packaging of cannabis products, we decided that the least we could do was to help collect and recycle it for customers.”