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A large healthy cannabis plant at TGOD’s hybrid greenhouse

The cannabis industry is growing massively, with the legal market forecast expected to reach $8.62 billion by 2026. With this “green rush” comes detrimental effects on the environment, like cultivation problems that lead to toxic issues and plant waste. This is exactly why sustainability innovations in the industry have become more important than ever. 

Like many types of consumers, those who regularly purchase cannabis products are now gaining a wider awareness about its effects on the environment. This creates a demand for low-impact, affordable organic cannabis. 

Here are some examples of sustainable practices in the cannabis industry that have led to more accessible organic cannabis options.

“Greening” the Industry for Organic Cannabis

Many might not be aware that cannabis has never really been a “green” industry, especially with the surge in demand for products and new strains. As ironic as that sounds, the commercialization of cannabis has pushed many illicit cultivators in North America to poison forests with pesticides. Using harmful chemicals in huge quantities without any regulations can bear grave consequences for the ecosystem.

Luckily, mindful practices from regulated and certified organic cannabis producers are slowly shifting the reality of the industry. Green practices in recent years redefined standards, making the industry more eco-conscious by the day. In order for affordable organic cannabis to be accessible to many, some have applied the use of sustainability innovations to lessen their carbon footprint. 

Here are some innovations that have paved the way for organic cannabis to be produced and distributed.

 

The Green Organic Dutchman production facility

 


Renewable Energy

The majority of cannabis growers use indoor settings to control temperature, moisture, and lighting levels, hence requiring large amounts of energy for such systems to run. A study on the carbon footprint of indoor grows revealed that producing merely two pounds of cannabis results in 10,141 pounds of carbon dioxide. It is also believed that the industry as a whole creates more than 16.5 million tons of carbon emissions each year. 

This is exactly the reason why there is a growing interest in harnessing renewable energy for cultivating cannabis. The Green Organic Dutchman is one grower who has their own power generation facility, removing the need to draw power from the grid. This innovation ensures the source of energy used to power the facility is eco friendly, but also saves a lot of money on energy costs in the long run.

Hempcrete Builds

As the name suggests, Hempcrete is a bio-composite “hemp/concrete” material made from the inner core of the hemp plant mixed with a lime binder. The result is a durable and cheap building matter that can be used to construct cannabis facilities. Naturally, hempcrete is carbon-negative, which means that more carbon is taken out of the atmosphere from the cultivation of hemp and hempcrete creation than emitted. 

Affordable organic cannabis facility construction can be done using this versatile material. It can be utilized when building indoor growing houses or for sheds that protect equipment. This innovation saves money, lessens the growers’ carbon footprint, and allows them to produce affordable organic cannabis to a wider market.

A close-up of cannabis plants growing in living soil at The Green Organic Dutchman production facility

 

Regenerative Farming

Regenerative farming emphasizes the interconnectivity between farming systems and the ecological system as a whole. What this means is that you’re working with the world’s natural systems instead of against them to reuse or reduce waste as much as possible. Successful regenerative farming practices have been shown to build and improve soil health and fertility, and can even lead to decreasing the amount of carbon in the air.

A constant drive to reduce costs have led many commercial farming businesses to adopt agricultural practices that are harmful to the environment. One of the ways The Green Organic Dutchman sets itself apart is through our rainwater recapture system. We only use naturally purified rainwater to hydrate our plants using ultra-violet light, which is then recaptured from underneath the soil beds to keep our environmental impact low.

Reusable Packaging

Cannabis producers are required to follow law-mandated packaging guidelines, such as child-friendly features, informative labeling, and high-quality materials. However, most cannabis products are sold in single-use plastic, which ends up in landfills. Eco-conscious packaging is now becoming the norm, allowing for organic cannabis to be accessible without having to think about the negative environmental impacts. 

All of TGOD’s strains are packaged in reusable glass jars that are designed to be fully recyclable. This simple but thoughtful measure lessens the chances of cannabis packaging ending up in landfills and further polluting the environment – plus, you get to flex your creativity!

Get Accessible Organic Cannabis with TGOD

As purveyors of sustainable cannabis practices, The Green Organic Dutchman brings consumers accessibly priced premium cannabis that’s certified organic using reusable packaging, recaptured rainwater, natural sunlight, and is grown in living soil.

Contact us today, or find the closest retailer near you to learn more about TGOD’s sustainably grown, certified organic cannabis.