Sustainability is not a top priority in the industry
Unfortunately for those who are trying to be environmentally conscious, “doob tubes” for holding cheap, pre-rolled joints are typically not even recyclable. It turns out they can fall through the grates of recycling machines, despite being made of recyclable material.
With a booming industry and so much competition among retailers, sustainability is often the last thing considered from seed to shelf. Recyclable packaging is not a regulatory requirement right now, so it’s up to the consumers to lead the way.
A 2017 article from the Stranger reported that although farmers are required to keep track of their waste (1.7 million pounds between 2014 and 2017, by the way), nobody has kept track of where it’s being disposed of.
We have to urge lawmakers to regulate the industry in a way that will be more sustainable and hold manufacturers accountable for their waste. In the meantime, we also need to urge our friends, family, acquaintances, anyone consuming cannabis, to dispose of it properly.