SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A February poll of 402 Utahns found that 73% of voters support a medical cannabis ballot initiative, with only 20% opposed and 7% undecided. “The poll results show overwhelming and broad support for medical cannabis in Utah,” said DJ Schanz, director of Utah Patients Coalition. “Voters believe that patients should […]
AUGUSTA, ME — The Maine Legislature has passed a bill to fund the implementation of the successful 2016 marijuana legalization initiative and change the agency that will regulate marijuana for adult use. The Senate on Thursday passed LD 243 unanimously “under the hammer,” without debate or a roll call vote, sending it to Gov. Paul […]
BISMARK, ND — North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (R) signed legislation on Tuesday amending provisions of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act – a voter-initiated measure approved by 65 percent of voters last November. Senate Bill 2344 makes several significant changes to the law. Specifically, it removes provisions permitting patients the option to home cultivate […]
PHOENIX, AZ — Several Arizona school officials threw their support behind Prop. 205 on Thursday, highlighting the much-needed revenue that will be raised for K-12 education if voters approve the initiative to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol. The Yes on 205 campaign received endorsements from Arizona School Boards Association Immediate Past President Jesus Rubalcava, who currently […]
Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) May 26, 2015
DENVER (May 26, 2015) – As the nation’s legal cannabis industry expands and evolves, it is also experiencing many of the growing pains felt by other start-up businesses. And like their mainstream counterparts, one major issue that cannabis companies now have to grapple with is how to recycle the tons of paper and plastic that marijuana growers, dispensaries and consumers go through each year.
“Where others see waste we see the opportunity to enhance our environment for the benefit of our community, our retailers and our customers,” says Ryan Fox, founder and CEO of Kindman: one of the largest growers and distributors of legal recreational cannabis in Colorado.
Fox says Kindman is now expanding its own recycling initiative to its marijuana industry partners in Colorado – by encouraging those retailers to make sure Kindman packaging ends up in recycling bins, and not as discarded waste.
“Since opening our doors in 2009, we have actively practiced a 100 percent recycling effort,” he notes, “and as a result, we can proudly say that more than half of our waste is recycled in bins that get taken to Waste Management through their Think Green program. The other half that goes to the landfill, we make sure it’s compostable.”
By state law, all marijuana products in Colorado must be sold in tamper-proof, child-resistant and opaque containers. Those rules make the products safer and easier for regulators to monitor, but they also create the need for making our own packaging recyclable, says Fox.
With those environmental concerns in mind, Fox pioneered Kindman’s pre-packaged, pre-weighed and easily identifiable cannabis brands – and made sure all that packaging material was recyclable.
He took the extra steps to have his company use Plastic #2 – HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) bottles that are much safer for the environment, have a lower risk of leaching and are widely accepted by curbside recycling programs. Plastic #2 is often recycled into pens, recycling containers, picnic tables, lumber, benches, fencing and detergent bottles, to name just a few items.
The rest of the Kindman’s packaging, including its distinctive, forest-green boxes, are made from cardboard and paper that’s accepted by mainstream recycling companies. Fox notes that, even if his retailers don’t have ready access to the usual recycling receptacles, they can encourage consumers to place Kindman packaging in standard, curbside recycling bins.
“We excited about being part of a recycling system here in Colorado with Waste Management, that takes our recycled boxes and bottles and converts them into energy,” he continues.
“Additionally, we have a sense of pride here at Kindman, knowing that our extra efforts play a part in Waste Management’s ongoing initiative to convert our local landfills into wildlife habitats… something that’s very important here in Colorado.”
Recycling is an important part of keeping overall business costs down, but Fox says it’s also part of being an answerable partner in the Colorado communities where Kindman works and its employees live. The company also uses paperless documentation, and its daily tech operations include efforts to further shrink the consumption of paper, plastic and ink used in the state’s legal cannabis industry.
“We have taken on a role as recycling consultants, to make sure our industry goes green and stays green,” he says, “by encouraging our Kindman retailers to follow in our footsteps, and to help their own stores shrink their carbon footprints.”
Established in 2009, Kindman provides customers with an unmatched cannabis product – grown in Colorado state-regulated facilities at indoor locations, using a customized process that combines food-grade nutrients and a unique soil mix that brings out the plant’s best features. Close attention is paid to product cleanliness, quality, curing and processing.
Since the January 1, 2014 start of legalized sales of recreational cannabis to adults in Colorado, Kindman has provided high-quality marijuana flowers to tens of thousands of customers from over 100 countries.
For more information, visit: http://www.mykindman.com/
Tags: Marijuana, cannabis, dispensary, cannabis business, Colorado, packaging, recycling, carbon footprint, environment, Ryan Fox, Kindman
(PRWEB) September 01, 2011
An average of 100,000 plastic bags are handed out every minute, totaling billions of plastic bags consumed worldwide each year. Most single use plastic bags are employed for 20 minutes then thrown in the trash. Reusable cotton produce bags, such as Steward Bags, can be washed, used for numerous years, and composted. Owners of Steward Bags are proud to make their reusable produce bags available to school and community “green fundraising”.
Since its introduction in the 1950s, the plastic bag has become a story of innovation gone wrong. The grocery and retail industries adopted the plastic bag due to its light-weight, high-load capacity and cheap price. Few anticipated that its popularity would create serious global environmental concerns.
Plastic bags dumped in the landfill can take up to 1000 years to breakdown. In the process they separate into small toxic particles that contaminate soil and water. In many countries plastic bags have become a primary source of litter. In South Africa for example, plastic litter is so omnipresent the plastic bag is referred to as the national flower (National Geographic News).
The world wide use of the plastic bags has led to an increase of plastic waste floating in the oceans. The “Garbage Patch ” or “Trash Vortex” floating in the North Pacific Ocean continues to grow since its discovery by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 1988. Current estimates of its size range from 700,000 square kilometers to more than 15,000,000 square kilometers (Wikipedia).
Plastic bags often strangle, choke or starve marine life. Floating bags move through the water, taking on a lifelike appearance. Swallowed plastic is not digested. It causes obstructions, stops food intake, and results in starvation. When marine animals die and their bodies decompose, any plastic they have ingested is released back into the water (National Geographic News).
People are becoming more aware of the environmental threats caused by plastic bag waste and are inspired to move towards effective solutions. Government organizations, environmental groups, scientists and new eco-businesses are taking steps to address this world wide problem.
Organized Government Initiatives
Plastic bags have been banned or restricted in more than 25% of the world. Countries such as Kenya, Uganda, China, India have passed legislation restricting the thickness of plastic bags manufactured. Some countries that have banned plastic bags all together are Belgium, Bangladesh, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ireland and Italy. Some bans have been initiated at municipals level in countries such as Canada and USA (National Geographic News).
Taxes or levies have also been introduced by the government in many countries such as Israel, Hong Kong, Germany and Canada to discourage the overuse of plastic bags. The levies collected are used to pay for recycling facilities and clean up of plastic bag litter.
Recycling/Reusing/ Biodegradable Plastics
Recent studies suggest that approximately 20% of plastic bags are reused for garbage and pet waste. After “reuse” they end up in the landfill. Bag recycling has also increased in the past decade. However, most municipal recycling facilities are not equipped to recycle plastic bags and the process takes a fair amount of energy (Wikipedia).
Biodegradable plastic such as bio-plastics and petroleum-based plastics have become more mainstream. Regrettably, they require a significant amount energy to produce and a specific environment for biodegradation. Carbon and methane are released into the atmosphere as greenhouse gases when oil based materials degrade. Starch based bio-plastics, may be almost carbon neutral, but they can have a damaging effect on soil, water usage and quality (Wikipedia).
One of the simplest and most effective solutions introduced is the reusable grocery bag. Reusable bags are now widely available and used by grocery shoppers. Many of the original recycled plastic designs are difficult to wash and as a result can harbor growing bacteria. Washable reusable bags made out of natural biodegradable cloth fibers such as organic cotton, jute and hemp have recently been introduced.
Two teachers from Canada recognized the need for reusable bags to replace the flimsy plastic bags that hold loose fruits and vegetables. They created a washable bag made of organic cotton netting, certified by the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS). After 3 to 4 years of use, this reusable produce bag can be composted. Steward Bags, produce bags are now available through the school and community group green fundraising “Fundraising with No Footprint” program.
“Our goal is to get one million families world wide to use at least 5 reusable produce bags weekly, said co-owner Greg Bailey. This will eliminate 260 million plastic bags in one year alone. Imagine the potential reduction in plastic waste? The possibilities are infinite!.” “The more we become aware of our ability to do small daily “acts of green”, the more we understand that as a group we can have a larger collective impact on the critical environmental issues, adds Josée Lemieux-Bailey. ”
About Steward Bags:
Steward was founded in 2009 by Josée Lemieux-Bailey and Greg Bailey. They were awarded “Champions Combating Climate Change” by the Carbon Reduction Initiative in 2010 for their dedication and commitment in promoting sustainability and reducing green house gas emissions. They also won the Business Excellence Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010 given by the local Chamber of Commerce. Steward Bags donates 5% of its annual profits to environmental projects and stewardship bursaries. To date approximately 35,000 Steward Bag reusable produce bags are in circulation. When used weekly, for one year, approximately 1.8 million plastic bags are kept out of the landfill. Steward Bags are available on line and at numerous stores across Canada including the Farm Boy Grocery Chain in Eastern Ontario.
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