We manufacture injection molding products with an HB-I601B compound made of PLA, PBAT, and mineral fillers.I see other packaging suppliers making sustainability claims, like "biodegradable" and "recyclable." How is GoZero different?
Most of the sustainability claims from cannabis packaging competitors are misleading and some are, frankly, greenwashing (lying about or seriously inflating the "greenness" of their materials).Examples:
- Claiming that materials are recyclable in curbside bins when they’re not because they’re too small to be caught by the recycling machinery, and/or aren’t the type of resin that’ll be recycled (only plastic resin #1, #2, and #5 are recyclable in most municipalities, and they have to be bigger than 2"—around the size of a yogurt cup).
- Stating that the material is “biodegradable" when it can only break down in very limited conditions, like a "biologically active landfill.”
- Implying that including a plant-based fiber in the material mix is inherently greener, or will be compostable or recyclable. Plant-based fibers can be great, for sure—but if the hemp fiber is blended with polycarbonate plastic, for example, then it will not be recycled and won’t return to soil anytime soon.
As surprising as it may seem, sustainable packaging is a fairly new idea to the cannabis industry. Over 90% of cannabis packaging is non-biodegradable. For every gram of cannabis sold, there’s as much as 70 grams of packaging waste
Our responsible, biodegradable packaging provides a better way to bring products to consumers without compromising the environment.How are you products different from other sustainable options in cannabis?
Few products in the mass market have met the ASTM D6400 standards, and there’s no competition in the cannabis industry holding these certificates. Below is our brief analysis of why we believe other sustainable options, are better, but not so great:Hemp-based products:
Hemp-based products use hemp and PC (polycarbonate), which is not biodegradable.Reclaimed ocean plastic:
Removing plastic from the ocean is important, but we these sources are not always traceable, and the plastic too often ends up back in the ocean.Accelerated degradation:
Some packaging companies add accelerants to their product and claim they break down in landfills faster than traditional plastic. When, in fact, they break the product down into ‘microplastics’ that are more harmful to the environment and to the animals that consume them.Recycling plastic:
Packaging that is smaller than 2” on more than one side is unlikely to be recycled due to recycling facilities infrastructure. In addition, many types of the eco materials used—hemp fibers, mixed materials—are not recycled in curbside collection, only in specialty take-back programs, or not at all.What is the best way to dispose of your products?
In an industrial composting facility. As an alternative, use your home composting facility.