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Demand for Medical Cannabis Packaging is On the Rise

Medical_Cannabis_Packaging.gifTwenty-three states in the U.S. have legalized medical marijuana in some form as the stigma of this controversial issue slowly deteriorates. No matter what side of the fence you’re on, there’s no denying that the use of this product has become more widely accepted across the nation. This means there is ample opportunity for the emergence and growth of companies supplying medical cannabis packaging.

Kush Bottles, a business specializing in certified, customized packaging solutions, has become the nation’s largest wholesale distributor of medical-grade containers for medicinal marijuana. The company already sells 1 million bottles per month, thanks in part to the unique look of its containers. The bottles are colorful, appealing to consumers and suppliers who want to differentiate their product from the pharmaceutical industry. Kush has become so successful that it has plans for an initial public offering in the near future.

Bottles and vials have become a widely used form of medical cannabis packaging, but we’re also seeing the emergence of new forms of protective packaging, especially among environmentally conscious suppliers. It’s not hard to find eco-friendly marijuana consumers, after all, and “going green” has become easier thanks to new packaging solutions.

Companies like Desiccare are providing innovative medical cannabis packaging bags that preserve organic matter and protect against moisture. We know there is an increased demand for this type of packaging, and companies are able to purchase pouches and bags made from organic material that keeps out oxygen, odor, vapor and light. This type of protective packaging is not only available to keep medical marijuana pristine – it is also used by companies creating cannabis-infused coffee and tea to keep grounds and leaves fresh.Medical_Cannabis_Packaging.jpg

More than 1 million Americans legally use medical marijuana, according to ProCon.org, and that number is projected to climb as more states vote to legalize medicinal cannabis. Though most patients ask for a prescription to alleviate pain, medical marijuana is also used to help ease symptoms associated with cancer, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and HIV. There’s no denying cannabis will continue to be used recreationally, but when it comes to its medicinal properties, many will readily choose this option.

Suppliers can ensure they are providing their natural product in FDA-approved medical cannabis packaging as innovations in the industry continue to soar. From vacuum-sealing machines to organic, sustainable barrier materials, use of protective packaging will only continue to gain traction in the medical marijuana industry. Colorful bottles may be current leaders in the medical cannabis packaging market, but with new earth-friendly materials and customization options, we can expect to see a rise in pouches and bags as a preferred option for many suppliers. (Image Sources: http://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com/directory/ and http://www.chow.com/food-news/109836/inside-a-marijuana-treats-kitchen/5/)

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Brittany Nader

Written by Brittany Nader

What LEGO’s Sustainable Packaging Teaches Us About Overseas Innovation

Since 1949, children across the globe have fawned over tiny, plastic, interlocking bricks.

LEGOs are a not only a classic toy but a staple in many households. Many kids beg their parents to take them to the majestic LEGOLAND, an amusement park where all their wishes and dreams could come true.

Why Nestlé, Unilever & PepsiCo are Banning Oxo-degradable Plastic Packaging

Originally marketed as an eco-friendly packaging material, new evidence regarding the potentially negative impact of oxo-degradable plastics has led a number of companies and governments to restrict their use.

More than 150 companies and global organizations, including Nestlé, Unilever and PepsiCo, have recently endorsed a total ban on the material in light of its potentially negative environmental impact.

Oxo-degradable plastic packaging, which includes select plastic pouch bags, is often marketed as a solution to plastic pollution because it claims to degrade into harmless residues within a period ranging from a few months to several years. However, oxo-degradable plastics do not degrade into harmless residues, but instead, fragment into tiny shards of plastic that actually contribute to plastic pollution.

Often, consumers think that because a material is biodegradable, it can be composted or even littered on the ground, because, it is thought, the material will break down into nothing over time. This actually ends up leading to an increase in pollution, since consumers don’t end up recycling or repurposing the material, and misconceptions about how the plastic will degrade leads them to end up putting it back into landfills.

What is important to note in this case is that although oxo-degradable plastics are biodegradable, being biodegradable does not necessarily mean that a material is eco-friendly. Although these plastics do break down over time, the tiny pieces they break down into are still plastics that contribute to pollution — they do not degrade into nothing or into another usable substance.

For companies looking to make the switch to sustainable packaging, it is important to consider that sustainable packaging does not necessarily mean biodegradable packaging, and vice versa.

Why New FDA Guidelines Could Bring Big Changes to Pet Food Packaging

Today’s consumers are demanding transparency and accountability from all types of products, and pet food is no exception.

Greater scrutiny over pet food ingredients, and an increasing demand for responsibility, sustainability and complete transparency from pet food manufacturers is driving change within the industry. As the consumer demand for “clean” pet food labeling evolves as a major topic within the world of pet packaging, FDA guidelines are shifting.