How weed is reducing pollution in our oceans

By Justin Ware. Published at Feb 15, 2019, in The 420 Report

Weed really is one hell of a drug.

Recently we explored how cannabis may hold the potential to treat Opioid addiction and improve sperm health, and now it’s helping clean our oceans.

Say what?

You read that correctly. The rise of cannabis use (both medicinal and legal) has given birth to satellite professions, with sustainable cannabis packaging leading the way.

Unfortunately (as you may well know), humans are wasteful creatures: It’s estimated that between five and 13 million tonnes of plastic material end up in the ocean annually.

A new company, Sana Packaging, has recognised this unpleasant reality, creating a line of cannabis packaging using plastic removed from the ocean.

The new offering will build off the company’s existing packaging solutions, which include child-resistant recycled hemp and bioplastic offerings (below).

The company has joined forces with Oceanworks to produce the new packaging.

Founded in 2016, Oceanworks has been working towards creating plastic-free oceans, serving as the middleman between collectors, recyclers and companies that use plastic to create products.

It is now actively working to remove some two million tonnes of ocean plastic to use in sustainable products.

Sana Packaging CEO Ron Basak-Smith spoke on the partnership, “We’re extremely excited about working with Oceanworks.

“This is an incredible opportunity to help clean our oceans and protect some of our planet’s most fragile ecosystems. While hemp bioplastics will remain our core focus, ocean plastic is a problem we have to address.”

Ocean plastic packaging - Aloha
Ocean plastic packaging - Aloha

"I think the biggest thing cannabis consumers can do is make their voices heard," explains James Eichner, co-founder of Sana Packaging.

"Consumers absolutely have the power to drive change in the marketplace."

And you know what? He's right.

Considering that six of the 10 states in the US that have legalised recreational cannabis use are coastal (Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington State), awareness around sustainable packaging practices will only increase.

This new packaging is also well timed to capitalise on the burgeoning Pacific Northwest region in the United States – with Oregon now producing twice as much pot as it can physically smoke.

That's a lot of cotton mouth.

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