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.

The 'Carts for the Arts' exhibit premiered at the UpcyclePop Holiday market event on December 15th 2019, which is a holiday event and market for upcycled and repurposed items that hosts live performances, interactive art , creative stations for kids and an art gallery exhibit or two.  Carts for the Arts  exhibited in the large Gallery Suite along with an expert  panel disscussion on the topic of the tsunami of waste consistantly growing from single-use cartridges, batteries, and packaging currently produced in the cannabis industry.  Carts for the Arts seeks to create awareness through art exhibits and panel disscussions while driving stakeholders to  convene and work together.  Legeslation must change to enable closing the loop with a zero waste mindset, manufactures must start considering how they can begin to redesign their products and brands must find a better way to introduce their product other than disposables.  and begin research and development with manufacturers to redesign with reuse and and zero waste in mind. This is a new and rapidly growing industry, if we all put ourminds together now, then maybe, just maybe the cannabis industry could come ahead and be the designated leader in sustainabilty for other industries to follow.

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THANK YOU TO OUR FIRST PANELISTS FROM DECEMBER 15, 2019

IN THE PRESS

CALIFORNIA NONPROFIT TACKLES VAPE RECYCLING ISSUES THROUGH COLLABORATION AND ART

Up Kindness is calling attention to the challenges surrounding vape cartridge recycling with an upcycled art exhibit, and brainstorming solutions through panel discussions. Cannabis Business Times - December 19, 2019


MAKING ART FROM OLD VAPE PEN DISCARDS

Disposable vapes and cartridges reach new highs every day, and with them an enormous amount of post-consumer waste. According to BDS Analytics, vape cartridges are the fastest-growing sector of California’s $2.5 billion cannabis industry. Millions of power supplies and cartridges are produced every year, and California is expected to account for nearly one-fourth of all cannabis sales in the U.S. by 2024.  The Leaf Online - December 10, 2019

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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