Big Cannabis is Creating Big Waste

Big Cannabis is Creating Big Waste–And it Needs to Stop

We rely on plastic to help form the world. But you’re living in a fantasy world if you don’t understand that plastic is also a significant cause of our planet’s pollution fandango. The issue is so enormous, it s impossible to ignore.

It could, then, be the planet ’s biggest coincidence that marijuana is only now experiencing widespread legalization, since the plant and plastics, though vastly different, are cosmically intertwined. And, unfortunately, the cannabis industry is contributing to the plastic issue. The quantity of single-use plastics used in cannabis is appalling– from plastic jars into the opaque plastic bags that are carry-out –and it’ all s going into landfills and the ocean.

But the nascent marijuana industry is in a unique position as it also has the potential to become part of the solution.

The majority of the men and women using THC may consider themselves to be “pro-planet. However, from the dozens, dispensaries have popped up with the legalization of cannabis, adding pounds of plastic into the colossal-sized contamination issue that’s already mid-dumpster fire.

Plus it s because plastic is cheap. For the large number using plastic is the reply to packaging, shipping and manufacturing costs.

Digging plastics are produced from fossil fuels–rsquo they &;re petroleum based. It’so incredibly sturdy that plastics take to biodegrade. The plastic of today will still exist in our kids s kids kids ’ s lifetimes — and much longer than that to put that into perspective.

There s an uninhabited island in the South Pacific with 38 million pieces of waste on it. It’s not on the top of your list of dream holiday destinations. It won’t be to go to. And if the cannabis industry doesn’t change how plastic is used by it , the planet we leave behind for future generations is going to be trashed.

A recent interest in bioplastics made from corn, cellulose, and palm fruit is on the rise. It has to be–we re facing a pollution crisis that’s just getting worse. Among the renewable plant materials being explored and used to make plastic is.

So why, then, is the cannabis industry (particularly manufacturers, but also the whole supply chain) using so much plastic when it could literally be packaged with, shipped in, and smoked from hemp?

For scope, let’s take a look at some of the numbers that are frightening. (If you’re searching for a Halloween costume, consider one of the following statistics.)

Furthermore, 91 percent of plastic is not recycled.

In July 2017, The Stranger reported that hundreds of thousands of pounds of compostable waste from the marijuana business, including used plant and soil substances, was dumped into landfills. And that rsquo doesn &;t include the plastic!

So, why are marijuana lovers in using nature to kill character, being complicit? Most likely, it slipped their minds. Our culture isn’t environmentally aware. In fact, some cannabis farmers don’t know that the substances rsquo they &;re are compostable or recyclable.

Using vinyl has become so normalized that we don’t think twice about seeing it anywhere. But the fact that the cannabis industry uses it in abundance is ironic as hell, based on Nona Varnado. She helps them navigate the complex regulations, but she assists with business development. Varnado also has a background in environmental policy and education thanks to her non-profit. And it s due to her non-profit she was quickly able to identify the plastic that is gigantic problem plaguing the cannabis industry.

“It’s clear that the new rules were [ideas] that lawmakers believed sounded tough and kid-protective,” states Varnado. “But they were not well thought out. ”

In California dispensaries, weed used to be stored in big glass jars which budtenders would open to allow customers to acquire a good whiff of the flower inside.  Now, the legislation requires that all marijuana must be in a child-proof containers and pre-weighed with data printed on labels. Even though it sounds amazing on paper, what it means is that the days of sending merchandise house in recyclable bags or reusable glass jars and glass jars are over. Millions of plastic containers with hefty push-down-to-open lids are being used and piling up our landfills. And due to the stringency of the law, most companies don’t have other options. Varnado says the quantity was staggering.

“The shop I was at pre-measured one and five grams [of flower], and it was common for a single purchase to have a several of these [in their order]. There s no recycling or reuse, except for all these bags worth &rdquo.

It must be noted that cannabis businesses are demanding reusable and recyclable packaging options now more than ever. And ancillary cannabis product companies are seeking to supply a solution to the problem. 

There are also companies like Marijuana Packaging that don’t yet produce recyclable plastic products, but are oblivious of the issue and soon-to-be motion, and are in the process of preparing for the shift.

“We know about the effect [vinyl ] has on our environment,” states Lisa Chen, head of marketing at Marijuana Packaging “With all the various tendencies in the cannabis industry, we believe sustainability is an important aspect. Concerning product, we are seeing a demand from our customers and glass is sold by us and are looking into options. Overall, it’s happening with the straw ban and there is an increase in concern about the effect that different industries have on their environment. ”

That a heightened awareness of the effects of plastic in our planet is at a critical mass, it s up to us to make certain that happens–the wellbeing of future generations and the environment depends on it.  So, the next time you’re at a dispensary, have a conversation with supervisor or a budtender about the importance of transporting cannabis brands using recyclable materials in their production, transport and packaging, or to encourage companies that use bioplastics.  And, of course, when you do your own canna-shopping, don’forget to bring a reusable canvas bag to carry home your goodies.

Now rsquo & that;s thinking green.

Published at Wed, 03 Oct 2018 11:30:37 +0000

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