Welcome to Sana Packaging! We design and develop cannabis packaging for a circular economy.
More specifically, Sana Packaging designs and develops differentiated, sustainable, and compliant packaging solutions for the cannabis industry using 100% plant-based hemp plastic, 100% reclaimed ocean plastic, and other sustainable materials.
What is a circular economy?
As defined by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a circular economy looks beyond the current "take-make-dispose" economic model and "aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and designing waste out of the system."
A circular economy is designed to build economic, natural, and social capital by adhering to three guiding principals:
- Design out waste and pollution
- Keep products and materials in use
- Regenerate natural systems
Meet the Sana Packaging team!
Ron Basak-Smith and James Eichner met while they were both graduate students at the University of Colorado Boulder and - fun fact - Sana Packaging actually started as a class project. Today, Sana Packaging is the cannabis industry leader in sustainable packaging.
Watch the video below to learn more about Sana Packaging and Ron and James' vision for a circular cannabis industry.
Ron: From a really young age, I've always been a little weirded out by this idea of wrapping things in something that is then discarded and just goes "somewhere."
James: When we started Sana Packaging the global plastic crisis - it was there, 100 percent - but it wasn't part of the cultural lexicon the way it is now.
Ron: We believe that packaging now has a story to tell, along with the product, and those people who are using our packaging want to tell that story of the quality of the packaging because it aligns with the quality of their product.
James: We started by researching plant-based solutions and different types of materials, and in that process, we became really fascinated with industrial hemp and we saw a really natural connection between hemp and cannabis.
Ron: We got started with our container and our pre roll tube. Looking at the industry, what are the rigid plastic volume movers? It's flower packaging and pre-roll tubes.
James: When you think of pre-rolls being anywhere between a quarter gram and a gram typically, and then they're wrapped in 10 to 15 grams of plastic, that's crazy. So I really like that we've been able to provide a plant-based solution for that as well as a fully reclaimed ocean plastic solution for that. What we're trying to do is get people to think about the whole lifecycle of the package. The cannabis industry is still developing best practices, so I think we have an opportunity right now to implement sustainability from the ground up.