When cannabis was first legalized in Canada, customers immediately criticized the excessive plastic packaging that came with it.
Some products generated as much as 70 grams of plastic and cardboard for one gram of marijuana.
But that is starting to change.
Some products, offered in pill containers, have shed the outer cardboard boxes and shrink-wrapped plastic seal.
Others, such as a gram of cannabis from Ontario producer Aphria, come in sealed brown envelopes.
“We are certainly mindful of the concerns raised around the amount of packaging used industry-wide, which was largely the result of ensuring compliance with the regulations under the Cannabis Act,” said Andrew Swartz, a spokesperson for Aphria.
“We are actively exploring new opportunities to streamline packaging within the existing regulations.”The brown envelopes with fixed zip-locks meet Health Canada’s requirements of being tamper-evident and child-resistant.
Cannabis NB spokesperson Marie-Andrée Bolduc said the agency is also taking steps to recycle the plastic containers that are still in use.