Where to Start for Beautifully Sustainable Cannabis Packaging
It’s Hard Enough Keeping Your Cannabis Packaging Compliant Despite Ever-Shifting Regulations.
Add in child safety, durability, quality protection, shelf appeal and… Phew.
It’s no wonder sustainable is only just starting to make the list of packaging must-have’s for cannabis and CBD products.
And while CBD companies can enjoy the relative flexibility for the time being, upcoming guidelines from the FDA due later this year could change that.
For some cannabis companies, meeting state regulations while attempting to reduce waste became a Mt. Everest sized challenge.
“Some 87% of American consumers also have more trust in and loyalty for companies perceived as environmentally sound.”
Even international brands are taking note of their waste and finding ways to reduce plastics. Danish brewer, Carslberg, recently unveiled beer bottles and cans made out of paper. These biodegradable alternatives“will break down naturally without any harmful waste products” whether carelessly tossed on the roadside or sitting in a landfill.
And, a new alternative to plastic film made from crustacean shells and grapefruit seeds is being researched by universities in Singapore and Spain. Biodegradable, it would not only replace plastic, but also reduce food waste from the seafood industry. Naturally anti-microbial, this cool new material also blocks UV light, making it an exciting possibility for keeping perishable products fresh without plastic.
Even after finding packaging options that are sustainable and meet compliancy requirements, at the end of the day, cannabis products still need to look good on shelves and perform in an increasingly scrutinized market.
Here are a few sustainable packaging options that are ready today and meet CR-compliancy while offering flexible options for branding that create a premium experience.
ieko don’t yet have any products on the market, but they’re worth keeping an eye on. Ieko are developing compostible plastic films as well as commercially compostable, child-resistant tubes for vape oils and rolled cannabis flower products.