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How to Package Marijuana Safely & Legally with Flexible Packaging

Flexible retail packaging, especially in the liquids and beverage market, is quickly becoming the preferred container for many global companies.

This type of product packaging has become especially desirable for baby food and fruit juice manufacturers, as small children can easily grasp the pouch and consume the contents inside. The pliability and strength of the material on the outside makes it a great option for parents who won’t have to worry about their little ones breaking the packaging and getting hurt.

Beverage companies are increasingly seeing the value in spouted stand up pouches for liquid packaging, as this type of protective packaging is cheaper than heavy glass and takes up less space than bulky plastic bottles. We foresee this type of container really taking off in the next few years and becoming the “new normal.” (Image Source: ipcblog.org)

On the other hand, we must consider packaging options for products we don’t want our kids to easily access. Parents know household cleaning supplies and other goods can create a choking hazard or seriously harm the health of their child. That’s why exploring different types of product packaging and learning which is best for you and your family is key.

Just as suppliers want to keep their products safe and free from harm, families expect companies to take proper safety precautions when manufacturing their goods and making safety a priority for all.

Consider this: As more states begin to legalize marijuana, edible snacks and concentrates will be more readily available. Cannabis packaging needs to be styled in such a way that kids can’t get to it

– just as other pharmaceuticals and potentially dangerous products are protected in childproof containers and bottles.

Cannabis Packaging

When choosing cannabis packaging, suppliers must be conscious of consumers’ safety and ensure the young offspring of their customers do not get their hands on these products by mistake. The cannabis industry has begun to embrace flexible retail packaging, and more suppliers are asking experts how to package marijuana so it is protected and child proof.

Colorado, where cannabis was legalized statewide in 2012, has clearly outlined packaging and labeling requirements for retail marijuana for consumer protection. Above all, stores selling marijuana or associated products must place their items in a child-resistant container that conforms to federal consumer product safety regulations.

According to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, child-resistant packaging is designed to be significantly difficult for children under 5 years old to open or consume a harmful amount of the substance inside. Product packaging is thoroughly tested and must meet performance specifications outlined by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Cannabis packaging must also be opaque, closable if not intended for single use, and it must be properly labeled according to the Retail Code. Proper labeling is important when learning how to package marijuana, as it includes specific warning statements alongside Colorado’s Universal Symbol indicating the container holds a cannabis product. According to the Colorado Department of Revenue, Marijuana Enforcement Division, the label must also list all nonorganic pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides, as well as solvents and chemicals, used to create the product.

For edible cannabis goods, a list of ingredients must also be provided on the product packaging. Expiration date and refrigeration requirements are mandatory as well. Choosing protective flexible retail packaging allows manufacturers to put detail into their design and include all legally required components right on the outside so it’s in plain view.

Each state has its own laws regarding the legality of cannabis and requirements on how to package marijuana. Education is key for suppliers jumping into this booming industry, whether it’s for medicinal products, snacks, or beverages. Protecting your product is important, but keeping consumers safe should be top priority no matter what.

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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.

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