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What the Future Holds for Cannabrands and Child Resistant Packaging

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There’s no doubt the cannabis market is currently experiencing a major boom, which is set to continue to the tune of around 20 percent per year.

According to studies by the oft-cited ArcView Market Research website, “the cannabis industry will never be smaller than it is today,” and as more states and countries prepare to legalize cannabis, the industry is preparing for continued growth in the years to come.

Cannabis-containing products need to adhere to FDA regulations, but as the industry expands at an increasingly rapid rate and continues to create new applications for cannabis products, the standards for cannabis packaging are still somewhat of a gray-area.

There are currently more than 20,000 applications for cannabis outside of medical use, and from a packaging standpoint, that’s a lot of new products with packaging that needs to be considered, regulated and standardized. Finding a packaging partner that is up-to-speed about the latest requirements in cannabis packaging is more of a necessity now than ever before.

The most common new product categories with packaging needs have been inhalants, topical applications like lotions, and then edibles, which are expected to see the most development as a product area. Although edible products are not new to the packaging world, edibles needing child-resistant packaging are. In addition to meeting state and federal standards, packaging for cannabis products needs to be able to keep products optimally fresh while also appealing to consumers by being visually appealing, flexible and sustainable.

The growing need for FDA-approved, state-regulated packaging for marijuana has led to the growth of industry-specific packaging for legitimate legal marijuana companies. Brands searching for a marijuana packaging company in Ohio should look for a trusted, versatile supplier who understands the rapidly changing cannabis market and its regulations.

While packaging for pharmaceutical products is certainly not new, child resistant packaging for food products that still appeals to consumers by looking and feeling familiar to other products they might find at the supermarket is a new challenge for many packaging suppliers. Child-resistant, stand up pouches that can be custom printed for maximum visual appeal are the perfect solution for companies struggling with how to package marijuana and the many other cannabis products entering the market today.

Companies searching for a marijuana packaging company in Ohio that can keep up with the demand for flexible, printable, and recyclable child resistant packaging should look for a packaging expert that understands the challenges their industry faces and can provide an effective, professional and compliant solution.

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Bridget O'Donnell

Written by Bridget O'Donnell

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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.

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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.

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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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