Did you know that over 300 million tons of plastics are produced annually worldwide? This is according to studies conducted by the U.S. Natural Resources Defense Fund.
Plastics are commonly used for packaging other products such as food and beverages. Most of the plastics, including bottles, bags, and straws are used once and then disposed of.
Plastics form the largest percentage of waste disposed of by humans. They are the major causes of pollution and environmental degradation.
Thanks to some innovative minds who have come up with a way of making packaging paper from hemp and marijuana waste. Unlike plastics, the paper is biodegradable.
Why green packaging over plastics?
Some brands have taken up the idea of green packaging and are now manufacturing 100% hemp paper. One of these brands is Tiny ePaper based in Long Beach California. Erica Halverson, a founder, and CEO of Tiny ePaper said that the call for responsible packaging greatly influenced his decision to start the company. He further emphasized the need to sell cannabis industry products, including medicine with green packaging.
Though the coronavirus pandemic caused an economic shock and disclosed the faults in the global supply chain, it also made an unanticipated prominence for green packaging companies in North America. The executives from these companies have identified four reasons why cannabis brands should switch to green packaging. They include:
- Green packaging reduces waste while also maximizing cannabis profits and usage.
- Stops pollution from plastics
- It cares for the consumers.
- It realizes a circular bio-economy that the world is moving towards.
In February, Knot Plastic, a company based in Saco, Maine, started the journey towards producing safe, packaging products without using plastics. Hemp is among the company’s important raw materials.