Aims To Reduce Plastic Waste From the Cannabis Industry With PHA-based Packaging

by Rudy Sanchez on 08/10/2021 | 2 Minute Read

As consumers seek products that make less of an impact on the environment, every industry wants to improve the sustainability of the goods they offer. That often comes in the form of creating greener packaging made of less or no plastic whatsoever-or it comes in the form of recycled, recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable substrates.

Cannabis packaging regulations vary by state, but in most markets, it must meet child-proof standards. Solutions using metal and paper do a great job of storing products such as a group of pre-rolls, vapes, and certain kinds of edibles, but plastic is still the go-to material for flower, single pre-rolls, and wax concentrates. Brands use small jars for packaging bud, and plastic tubes are typical for single pre-rolls and all-in-one cig-a-like vapes, while small plastic containers get utilized for waxes and other concentrates.

Editorial photograph

Packaging firm wants to change all that, announcing they are now offering cannabis-specific solutions that are plastic-free under the HumidiNaturals label. Lids, tubes, containers, shrink bands, and water-dispersible labels naturally degrade within 14-18 months and are backyard compostable. The packaging materials also get made using PHA, unlike other bio-based PLA-based cannabis packaging, 

PLA, or polylactic acid, often gets advertised as “compostable.” But the truth is slightly more complicated, as PLA items are only industrially compostable, which is not available everywhere. PHA, or polyhydroxyalkanoates, can naturally degrade without the need of an industrial composter, even in the ocean, should the item end up in the environment.

Editorial photograph

"Our goal is to remove 750 thousand pounds of plastic from the cannabis supply chain by replacing current plastic offerings with our plant-based, bio-polymer blends," said Jonathan Heiniemi, founder and CEO of, in a press release.

Editorial photograph


Since its inception 11 years ago, Dieline Conference has advanced the package design industry in all its forms by highlighting the importance and value of brand packaging. Now, more than ever, it’s vital for the industry to steer towards a more sustainable future, so Dieline Conference 2021 will place heavy emphasis on eco-friendly design solutions, utilizing creativity as a tool for change, and inspiration for a more hopeful tomorrow. This year’s curated program includes insightful discussions from the designers, brands, and projects currently changing the world for the better. 

Through panel discussions, presentations, and Q&A sessions, you’ll explore firsthand what the world’s most innovative brands and design agencies are doing in sustainable design—and how that can improve business, the environment, and consumer goodwill.


You may also like