Can Biodegradable Joint Tubes Make a Difference?
Biodegradable packaging needs to become the norm in the cannabis industry, because we are drowning in plastic. Here’s a sobering stat for lovers of the herb: one billion units of plastic waste, related to cannabis packaging, is dumped into landfill every year! Let’s crunch the numbers on that plastic problem: A single gram of flower comes wrapped in seventy grams of plastic waste. One gram of wax comes in thirty grams of packaging. A gram of flower comes in a four-gram Mylar bag. *statistics supplied by Marijuana Packaging Gross, right? Cannabis packaging is almost comically over the top – four to thirty times bigger than the weight of the products inside! Why can’t we just all agree to go with the proverbial baggie? Well, there are a few legit reasons the baggie has not been embraced by legal cannabis. Still, we really need to focus a big effort on biodegradable packaging. Barriers to Sustainable Packaging in the Cannabis Industry In America, there are several barriers between the environmentally-conscious consumer and good recycling programs. This is exactly why so much packaging ends up in landfill. While most municipalities have a plastics recycling program, not all accept cannabis containers. Additionally, black plastic, common to the industry, is a big challenge for recycling. Most legal regions have legislation stating that containers holding cannabis products must be completely opaque (can’t see through). Hence the black plastic. But, many cities rely on an automated machine to scan conveyor belts of plastic for sorting. And…
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