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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.

Update December 16, 2020: Sana Packaging founders visited the Ministry of Hemp podcast to discuss how they started their hemp plastic packaging company, after forming Ron Vasak-Smith, CEO, and James Eichner

Hemp packaging could replace disposable, single-use 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. Most medical and recreational dispensaries use single-use plastic and foil containers. Consumers throw them away after consuming the products inside. For the most part, these materials are not biodegradable. Single-use paper packaging is also commonplace in the industry.

Researches haven’t perfected hemp plastic, yet. Meanwhile, companies like Sana Packaging are already creating composites from hemp and corn. Sana Packaging’s products combine hemp hurd, the fibrous woody core of agricultural hemp, 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. Sana Packaging sources all their hemp domestically, from Kentucky, then processes it in North Dakota.

“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.

Both companies want to change the laws, too. Currently, most states with legal medical or recreational marijuana programs prohibit the re-use of packaging at cannabis dispensaries. Ideally, consumers would use refillable packaging that they could bring to the dispensary over and over.

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

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  • Casey Zuelke says:

    My interests are in all of the sustainable products that can be made from hemp, particularly composites to replace fiberglass, and carbon fiber. Owing to the length of prohibition I have had trouble finding the data I need. Even as comparatively primitive as Henry Ford’s plastic car, I can’t find much information. Any help in finding fabrication related data
    would be greatly appreciated.

  • 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.

  • 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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