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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Sustainable Cannabis Packaging

Updated: Jun 14, 2021

Reduce, recycle, reuse isn’t something we just “talk” about during Earth Month, it’s something that is interwoven into all parts of our organization, all year long. Eco-friendly packaging and paper are at the forefront in the cannabis industry. Research shows that people are even willing to pay more for products from companies that make sustainability a priority. Let’s think about it…you work hard to create environmentally, earth-friendly products, so why should you have to use packaging that is made with non-degradable or harmful packaging materials?

Statistics show that up to eighty tons of paper and packaging end up in a landfill. So how do we combat that? Packaging with sustainable materials. Think materials that are biodegradable, can be recycled or reused, and are already made from recycled materials.

Let’s take a look at the sustainable packaging options you have available when working with Gold Leaf Packaging.

Hemp Paper

We already know hemp is a multipurpose power plant, but did you know that hemp has a long history of being used for paper? Let us blow your mind here…the first two drafts of the Declaration of Independence are believed to have been written on hemp paper! Hemp’s strong fibers make it an especially great material for packaging, too. So, whether you’re looking for packaging, collateral, or packing supplies for your cannabis or CBD products, hemp is a great customizable choice to grab your customers' attention at the dispensary.

Recycled Cotton

Cotton has so many uses, including paper, but did you know it’s also used for packaging? There’s an increase in textile waste, which means recycled cotton is easier to get and creates a unique packaging feel, and is sustainable at the same time. Typically, recycled cotton is made from t-shirts and denim resulting in a super-strong paper with a soft feel that creates a sense of luxury and unique look to grab your customers' attention.

Straw Paper

Straw is a by-product of wheat harvesting and a lot (and we mean a lot) needs to be removed from the farm. So, they either burn it or plow it into the ground. But recently researchers have been working on a process to collect straw and turn it into pulp for paper, using less water and energy than making traditional paper. Plus, the positive effect of reusing discarded material. Naturally, straw has a light-yellow hue and is used for a variety of marketing products like cannabis and CBD packaging and label backing.

Child-Resistant Packaging

Our child-proof packaging is sustainable in a few different ways. A tear-resistant laminate is added to the hemp, recycled cotton, or straw paper with finishing options like velvet laminate and foil accents based on your preference. You can recycle the entire box- even the plastic pinchers!

It’s no surprise that over the past decade the desire for sustainable products has been increasing. Health and safety, as well as environmental concerns, are some of the top reasons. We must be kind to Mother Earth together. Consumers are flocking towards brands that supply sustainable products in sustainable packaging.

We’re your premier packaging and print partner specializing in sustainability for cannabis and CBD packaging. Head on over to to learn more or give us a shout at 844.226.4653.



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