CARTS FOR THE ARTS

DISPOSABLE VAPE CARTRIDGES - A WASTED PROBLEM

Like coffee pods, disposable water bottles and plastic straws, vape-related waste is attracting attention. It is not surprising given vaping’s surging popularity, but no one wants to see industry growth hindered or environmental responsibility unfulfilled. We would like to think that the industry is caring, environmentally conscious. But are they? From patron to manufacturer, to dispensary what can they do? Recycling vape cartridges, batteries and disposables isn’t as easy as it could be. Carts for the Arts seeks to raise awareness to the fact that we need better legislation and better awareness to help the industry as a whole become more sustainable.

As you toss your used-up cannabis oil vape cartridge in the trash, you might wonder, can I recycle that instead? The short answer is no—and with the popularity of vape pens steadily rising, that’s a problem. Reports show that concentrate sales are expected to overtake flower sales by 2022, with a large majority of these oils being consumed through pre-loaded vape cartridges.  Read more on leafly.

With so many different iterations of disposable vape pens flooding the market, environmentalists and concerned consumers are cringing about the inevitable flood of post-consumer waste these products are causing. The cannabis industry is growing, and its garbage problems are growing right along with it. Read more on Forbes

The 'Carts for the Arts' exhibit is a large part of the upcoming UpcyclePop Holiday market event happening Sunday, December 15th, which is a holiday market for upcycled and repurposed items that hosts live music, interactive art and a gallery space for exhibits. Carts for the Arts  will be exhibiting in the large Gallery Suite, dedicated to highlighting the tsunami of waste generated from single-use cartridges, batteries, and packaging currently produced in the cannabis industry. The goal is to create a movement and a consumer push to change the laws that control how cannabis products are handled after use and begin research and development with manufacturers to redesign them for reuse. What is possible for the industry to move forward sustainably will be illuminated here.

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