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StaffStaffOctober 21, 2020
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Editors Note: This is a guest post.

Humans and hemp have a long history of harmonious cultivation, with hemp often cited as the first plant to be used as a textile. This usage, along with countless others that include everything from beauty products to medicine, creates a historical narrative that dates the first use of hemp as cloth back to around 8,000 BC and the modern-day area of Iraq and Iran – previously known as Mesopotamia. 

Hemp is said to have arrived in Europe from China in approximately 1,200 BC, before spreading widely throughout the ancient world in various employments, many of which continue to our present day.

A modern-day staple

Cut to today and hemp is used for a range of commercial and industrial products that include a wide range of textiles, shoes, food, paper, rope, bioplastics, insulation, and biofuel. Elsewhere, CBD is being extracted from the plant to produce high-quality oils and other products for individual consumption. 

The United States has nearly a 100-year history of legalizing the use of marijuana, with the first Marijuana Tax Act coming into effect in 1937. 

Since then, the growing market for marijuana products has given rise to a whole industry of hemp farms across the USA. Cope CBD, a high-CBD hemp farm in Colorado, is just one example of a hemp farm that product manufacturers can purchase industry quality CBD from and create their private brands. 

Is hemp environmentally friendly?

With hemp continuing to be in high demand, questions surrounding its sustainability as a pioneering crop are raised. Yet, thankfully, hemp stands up to the test. 

In comparison with cotton, which contributes to around 50% of the world’s pesticides and herbicides use, hemp needs no additional protection and requires a much more moderate use of fertilizer.

Hemp is not only gentle on the earth, but lives in accord with it, returning an estimated 60% – 70% of the nutrients it takes back to the soil. The plant is also frost resistant, making it perfect for growing in all 50 USA states and a conscientious choice for product makers. 

In comparison with other crops, one acre of Hemp produces as much fiber as two to three acres of cotton annually. This valuable reduction in space makes hemp a cost-effective alternative to its textile cousin, cotton, as well as being environmentally friendlier since it uses less water as well. Hemp uses roughly 50% less water than its cotton counterpart and produces up to double the amount of fiber than the same amount of cotton. 

A crop for a brighter future 

With such benefits in mind, hemp looks set to become mainstream as consumer pressure continues to see manufacturers move towards more sustainable and greener options. From an environmental and economic perspective, hemp appears a clear winner for a more ethical choice. 


Noemi GonzalesNoemi GonzalesMarch 3, 2020
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 While the growth of both medical and legal recreational marijuana use is exciting to see there has been one particular problem that many people have begun to notice with the industry. The marijuana industry has a waste problem.

What is meant by that remark is that many modern cannabis products are packaged in copious amounts of non-recyclable plastic. Whether in bags, containers, vials, and more we are seeing way too much pollution and trash generated by an industry that should be far more eco-friendly.

That’s where Sana Packaging comes into play. Sana Packaging is a US-based company that focuses on creating eco-friendly packaging Solutions for the cannabis industry.

-The Products-

The Sana packaging products are made from 100% reclaimed ocean plastic, plant-based hemp plastics, and other renewable materials. The kinds of products available are as follows:

  • Tubes
  • Stash jars with screw-top lids
  • Hemp container boxes

There is a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes of each of the above-mentioned products. The packaging products themselves look sharp and appear durable so that you can take comfort knowing that your goods are protected and that you are not contributing to the plastic waste problem that plagues the Cannabis industry.

-What Exactly is in These Products?-

The Pressed hemp paperboard product is comprised of 75% post-consumer recycled paper and 25%. The reclaimed ocean plastic products are made of 100% HDPE plastic and very simple to recycle. The hemp plastic products are composed of a chemical-free fiber-reinforced biocomposite plant-based hemp and PLA.

All of these products are 100% biodegradable and do not contribute to the plastic waste issue that currently plagues the marijuana industry.

 -The Origin of Sana Packaging-

Founders James Eichner and Ron Basak-Smith connected with each other during their time at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015. The two founders connected with each other through a variety of interests, hobbies, and a very similar world view.

They did not form Sana Packaging until 2016 after winning a pitch competition. Ron and James took Sana Packaging full-time in May of 2017 and went on to become the first 100% plant-based hemp plastic packaging solution across the marijuana industry. Sana Packaging is currently based in Los Angeles, California, and Denver, Colorado.

The growth and social acceptance of cannabis-related businesses is indeed amazing but it is also important to protect the Earth and do business ethically as this industry grows.

 



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The Hemp Market Report will target news from the fast growing worlds of cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp. As a sister site to the Green Market Report, HMR will cover financial stories, but also take a look at lifestyle news as well. The Hemp Market Report will also publish sponsored content as we seek to expand our content offerings.


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