02 May 2024

Going Green: Sustainability in the Cannabis Industry

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Isabel Carter

The cannabis industry has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, with the global market expected to reach $73.6 billion by 2027. However, as the industry expands, so does its environmental impact. Fortunately, many cannabis companies are embracing sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint and promote eco-friendly operations.

Energy Consumption 

One key area of focus is energy consumption. Indoor cannabis cultivation can consume up to 2,000 watts of electricity per pound, which is comparable to the energy consumption of data centers. To combat this, some companies are turning to renewable energy sources. For example, a study found that 37% of cannabis operators in Massachusetts have adopted solar energy.

Water Conservation 

Water conservation is another crucial aspect of sustainable cannabis production. It is estimated that a single cannabis plant can consume up to 22.7 liters of water per day during its growing cycle. To address this, many growers are implementing water-efficient irrigation systems and utilizing recycled water. In fact, a survey conducted by the Cannabis Certification Council found that 64% of participating cannabis companies have implemented water conservation measures.

Packaging Waste 

Packaging waste is also a significant concern in the cannabis industry. A study by the Alberta Cannabis Council found that the average cannabis product contains 70% more packaging than necessary. To combat this issue, some companies are turning to biodegradable and recycled packaging materials. 

Regenerative Farming 

Moreover, many cannabis companies are adopting regenerative farming practices to improve soil health and sequester carbon. A report by the Rodale Institute suggests that if regenerative organic agriculture were practiced on the world's croplands, it could sequester up to 100% of annual global CO2 emissions.

In conclusion, as the cannabis industry continues to grow, it is crucial that sustainability remains a top priority. By embracing renewable energy, water conservation, sustainable packaging, and regenerative farming practices, the industry can significantly reduce its environmental impact. With more companies adopting these eco-friendly measures, the cannabis industry can truly "go green" in every sense of the phrase.