Hemp Packaging Offers Sustainable Alternatives To Paper & Plastic (VIDEO)

Hemp packaging could be a solution to the problem of disposable, single-use paper and plastic.

“The statistics are in: every second … a half acre of trees are cut down,” said Matthew Glyer of Hemp.Press. “7.5 bllion trees for paper alone is not sustainable.”

Every industry is struggling with the growing problem of waste. The legal cannabis industry is no exception. Both medical and recreational dispensaries depend on plastic and foil containers which are used once, then thrown away. For the most part, these materials are not biodegradable. Single-use paper packaging is also commonplace in the industry.

While hemp plastic is still being perfected, companies like Sana Packaging are already creating composites from hemp and corn. Sana Packaging’s products are created using hemp hurd, the fibrous woody core of agricultural hemp, then combined with corn to create composite bioplastic.

Hemp packaging can be part of reducing dependence on single-use, unsustainable packaging.
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A Sana Packaging tube designed for use in the legal cannabis industry. This “doob tube” is made from a combination of hemp and corn. Hemp packaging can be part of reducing dependence on single-use, unsustainable packaging.

Working with domestically-sourced materials also ensures the sustainability of their products.

“Our hemp is sourced here domestically in Kentucky, processed in North Dakota and we manufacture in Minnesota and Arizona,” said Ron Basak-Smith of Sana Packaging. “All American made, all American supply chain.”

Hemp.Press also targets the cannabis industry with products that replace boxes or display cards made from trees with hemp paper.

The companies are also involved in lobbying to change cannabis laws. Currently, most states with legal medical or recreational marijuana programs prohibit the re-use of packaging at cannabis dispensaries. If those laws changed, consumers would be able to bring their hemp packaging back to the dispensary to be refilled with fresh flower, extract, or pre-rolled cannabis joints.

Hemp packaging can be part of reducing dependence on single-use, unsustainable packaging.
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Kit O'Connell

Kit O'Connell is the Editor in Chief of Ministry of Hemp. His writing has also appeared at The Establishment, Firedoglake, YES! Magazine, the Texas Observer and Truthout.

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  • Avatar J Weber says:

    I appreciate the news you are providing about hemp products, especially hearing about businesses in Kentucky. We waited far too long to be back in the hemp growing business. Tobacco farmers were ready to turn over back in the 70’s when they could see the end of tobacco coming!

    I’m very concerned about the one-use plastic epidemic our planet is experiencing – and looking for biodegradable food storage alternatives. PEVA bags are available, but I’m not convinced they are biodegradable or safe.

    Although this article is newer than your 2017 article on hemp plastics, it seems like we still have to wait for those alternatives. I would appreciate any sources you can offer. I am subscribing to your newsletter.

  • Avatar Tami Dixon says:

    Hello & thank you for promoting Greener & better HEMP products as we all have known for 50 plus years the industrial Hemp industry should have been growing cleaner products!

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