How to Be Eco-Conscious When Vaping
Let it begin with us. We cultivate our cannabis with organic methods in living soil. Then, we transform our plants into premium organic cannabis oils that are free of artificial flavours, additives, and are infused with terpenes that are from the original plant. We package these products with recyclable materials in functional, award-winning designs that reflect our commitment to mother earth.
What happens next is up to you, but as always, we are here with guidance to give.
Our community has asked us where they can recycle their empty TGOD vape cartridges and associated items like batteries and USBs, so we did some digging to find the best ways to be an eco-friendly vape user.
When we toss away items that are meant for the recycling bin, we’re doing damage to the ecosystem around us and setting into motion a series of unfortunate events. Recycling vapes and associated accessories like batteries and USBs, where applicable, is crucial to keeping our planet and its many inhabitants healthy and safe for future generations to come.
The environmental cost of tossing away batteries
The good news for cannabis vapers is that the 510 thread vape batteries that are compatible with our cartridges are made from lithium-ion. These batteries, as opposed to everyday lead-acid types, are considerably less damaging to the environment.
The major difference between batteries
Lithium-ion batteries are not as environmentally-damaging because lithium is not a toxic heavy metal like lead. However, lithium-ion batteries can also contain heavy metals like nickel, copper, and manganese. These are not substances we want seeping into our living soil and throwing off nature’s healthy balance.
Lead-acid batteries are associated with lead poisoning that pollutes the groundwater systems and the flora and fauna who depend on them. Lead-acid processing and recycling plants have also been associated with lead exposure and subsequent health effects in workers and families living in surrounding neighbourhoods.
Batteries can last up to 100 years in our landfills, leaching toxic heavy metals into our ecosystems and doing irreversible damage to waterways. The fact that lithium-ion batteries are not as harmful to the planet does not mean they are earth-friendly. We need to keep them out of our garbage bins and our municipal waste sites. The soft metal along with heavy metals in the battery can do damage to the surrounding environment, especially when multiplied by many people tossing many batteries. As conscious consumers, it’s our responsibility to minimize the impact of vaping. The environmental crisis calls for us to be better stewards. ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ can be no more.
How to Responsibly Dispose of Your Vape Cartridges, Batteries & USB
In-store options for recycling vape cartridges
Programs have been established with licensed retailers across Canada so cannabis consumers can recycle certain vape cartridges in participating stores from coast-to-coast.
When you pick up your order, you can dispose of applicable vape cartridges in the labelled bin located beside the cannabis container recycling box during operating hours. Remember to bring your other cannabis packaging recyclables, too. By participating in these programs, you’re helping to keep billions of pieces of used packaging and a slew of vape cartridges out of landfills across Canada. Just check that your local retailer accepts your type of cartridge.
It may be frustrating that we can’t do curbside recycling for these materials, but there are reasons when it comes to cannabis vape cartridges. According to Leafly, when states started opening their legal markets, the fear was that these cartridges could encourage the illegal resale of extracted leftover cannabis materials. When our federal government legalized cannabis, regulations around the proper handling and disposal of spent cannabis materials were put into place. While our current regulations make recycling cartridges a challenge, the theory is that they will serve to help reduce black market sales.
What to do with 510 thread vape batteries
Each province has its own regulated recycling program for electronics and associated accessories, as well as the Health Canada regulations to follow about the proper handling of spent cannabis materials. So cartridges are one thing, and batteries another.
For example, Ontario has the Electronics Recycling in Ontario official site where you can search your nearest drop-off location and learn more about what your local community accepts. Locations typically include electronic stores, public libraries, and post-secondary institutions. However, sometimes finding the right spot for your old vape battery can still be difficult, so be sure to give a quick call ahead of time to ensure your local drop-off accepts 510 batteries. For example, Canadian Tire stores across Canada accept batteries for recycling, but they do not take spent 510s batteries. If your municipal waste management system won’t accept spent vape batteries at these drop-off locations, be sure not to dispose of them in the garbage.
When it comes to batteries, there are companies like Li-ion working on recyclable lithium-ion batteries made of steel and copper, so the future of recycling these batteries in the works.
Ways to offset your footprint
There are additional ways you can reduce your environmental footprint as a cannabis consumer who participates in vaping.
We’ve already talked about the difference in our vape cartridges made of sustainable glass. Always opt for durable and premium hardware materials like glass, ceramic, or metal over plastic, to reduce your carbon footprint. When it comes to mouthpieces, for example, we offer a real wood option instead of plastic.
You can further offset your footprint by choosing cannabis products and accessories coming from environmentally-responsible cultivators and retailers. For example, our vapes coming in 100% recyclable packaging is no mistake. Every bit makes an impact.
Remember, when engaging with products that are more difficult to recycle, it’s crucial to consider where these materials come from and the companies you support.
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