Cannabis businesses have long struggled with the excessive packaging their products are required to use, employing extra layers of plastic and paper to ensure that flower or vape products are child-proof and don’t fall into the wrong hands.
But that struggle might be nearing its end: New plant-based paper and plastic packaging options are coming to market at a price point that’s comparable to conventional packaging.
That’s all thanks to the ingenuity of a few innovative minds that are working to use hemp and marijuana waste to make cannabis bio–circular.
And cannabis companies are here for it, said Erica Halverson, founder and CEO of Tiny ePaper, the Long Beach, California-based company that makes 100% hemp paper. Halverson said the interest in and need for sustainable packaging in the cannabis industry was the green light she needed to launch her company.
“We are selling this medicine, these healing products, but we’re selling it in one of the most irresponsible ways pos [...]
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It was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 10,000 years ago. It has been grown and used all over the world. The first president of the United States of America even grew it as a cash crop.
Is it cotton? No—it’s hemp.
Hemp was a major cash crop in the Eastern United States until 1937, when it was outlawed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. Since then, hemp has been illegal to grow and sell until almost a year ago, when President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, legalizing hemp by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act. Late last month, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a program that would allow farmers to grow hemp under federally-approved plans and make hemp producers eligible for a number of agricultural programs. This is big news for the hemp industry.
Our water, air, and land are being polluted more than ever by textile manufacturing byproducts and plastic microparticles. With its resurgence as a cash crop and ability to integrate [...]
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A local hemp farm is encouraging farmers to consider using alternatives instead of using plastic when growing hemp. "The plastic is a major concern, especially as the hemp industry continues to grow. There's a lot of plastic being used in agriculture in general but this isn't the only industry that uses the row cover plastics," Amy Parscal, CEO of Cascade Hemp Collective, said.
A viewer sent in videos to KTVL on Wednesday which he described as a hemp farm burning the stems which he said had plastic on them.
According to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, it is illegal to burn plastic anytime or anywhere in Oregon.
"That is definitely not something we would ever advise for, it's a major air pollution issue as well," Parscal said.
Parscal said Cascade Hemp Collective is encouraging farmers to stop using plastic altogether.
"We experimented this year with using organic rice straws as a mulch to help with the moisture retention of the soil and the weed suppression with the w [...]
Hemp paper is both more sustainable and more durable than tree-based paper. In this blog post, we discuss the differences of hemp paper VS tree-based paper and the ways that switching to hemp paper can help the environment.
- Hemp paper is easier to produce
- Hemp paper is higher quality
- Hemp paper is more environmentally friendly [...]