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dieline: “The Cannabis Industry Has A Plastic Problem”

Sana Packaging, based in Colorado, is another company blazing a trail towards sustainable and compliant cannabis packaging.  Sana has created and is currently piloting hemp-based, biodegradable and recyclable packaging that is CRC compliant. James Eichner, a co-founder of Sana, sees an opportunity within the pot business to innovate and advocate for sustainability. “We're using this platform to speak up and help change the way we think about sustainability, disposable products, and waste recovery,” James says.


Green entrepreneur: “The Next Big Thing in 'Green' Packaging Is Hemp Bioplastic”

“Single use plastics are used for a moment in time, then discarded,” says Ron Basak-Smith, founder and CEO of Sana Packaging, which aims to fill a niche within the cannabis industry with reusable, child-safe, hemp-corn composite bioplastic vials and boxes for medical and recreational marijuana. “Plant-based plastic packaging represents a great opportunity to put renewable plastics into people’s hands.”

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green entrepreneur: “100 Cannabis Leaders 2018 List”

Sana Packaging designs and develops 100 percent plant-based hemp plastic packaging solutions for the cannabis industry. Proudly “made in the USA,” its packaging is regenerative and helps heal the environment. The company is committed to supporting domestic agriculture and manufacturing.



Sana Packaging is a bold new venture which seeks to revolutionize the packaging industry with sustainable hemp products. We met their Co-Founder & CSO James Eichner in California last June to talk about Millennials, the environment and the future of cannabis. Read on!  

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DIELINE: “Cannabis Regulations Have Created A Packaging Waste Problem”

Colorado's Sana Packaging, a cannabis packaging manufacturer, estimates that the cannabis industry will produce 1 billion units of plastic waste annually by 2020. Sana aims to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the cannabis industry by creating plant-based packaging that is compliant with state regulations.


Herb CEO: “Sustainable Cannabis Packaging Options”

Sana Packaging is a Denver based company that focuses exclusively eco-friendly packaging solutions for the cannabis industry specifically. The company was founded by Ron Basak-Smith and James Eichner of the University of Colorado Boulder and quickly moved to Canopy Boulder accelerator where they developed Sana into what it is today.


Leafbuyer: “The Industry Needs to Focus on Sustainable Cannabis Packaging”

With the explosion of the legal cannabis industry, consumers are buying more and more products from dispensaries around the U.S. In the state of Colorado alone, 460,000 pounds of marijuana was consumed in 2017. With thousands of pounds being sold each year, many view the packaging of those products as an afterthought. But with the amount of marijuana moving through dispensaries, the industry needs to focus on what packaging they choose to supply their products in.

DSW Pitch Challenge 2018


Denver Startup Week is back again this September 24 with more than 350 programs focusing on finance, retail and community building through workshops, speakers, panels and of course, some high-stakes competitions. This includes the pitch challenge, where six finalists have the chance to win $100,000 in prizes by harnessing all of their entrepreneurial energy to present one winning pitch to a panel of judges. The pitch challenge has been putting local go-getters to the test for three seasons and this year’s competition lineup is stacked. Check out the companies vying for their shot at the prize.


cannabis tech: "From College Grads To Environmental Heroes"


James Eichner and Ron Basak-Smith, like many other grad students at the University of Colorado-Boulder, worked as a team on a class project in Sustainable Venturing and Business Plan Development in the Fall of 2016. While many grad school projects never materialize past graduation, Eichner and Basak-Smith’s vision blossomed into real opportunity – not only for themselves, but an opportunity for the hemp industry, cannabis retail, the American farmer, and the environment.


Hemp today: "Colorado hemp plastic startup says it’s shipped first orders in North America"

Colorado, USA-based Sana Packaging said it has delivered a round of first orders to customers in North America. The startup designs and develops plant-based hemp plastic packaging for the broader cannabis industry. “We’re excited about our launch and we’re even more excited to provide the cannabis industry with some much needed differentiated, sustainable, and compliant packaging solutions,” Ron Basak-Smith, Sana’s co-founder and CEO, said in a release. “As rapidly growing and emerging industries, we believe the cannabis and industrial hemp industries have a responsibility to be platforms for positive social, economic, and environmental change.”

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The cannabis industry continually grows across the United States, and with that growth there have been a number of benefits — and unintended consequences.Environmentally aware cannabis consumers may have noticed that the pollution and waste generated through cultivation and manufacturing is detrimental for the environment. Plastic pollution and waste, in particular, are becoming a concern to many.


Cannabis compliance & packaging magazine: "SANA PACKAGING IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS"

Sana Packaging delivers their first orders of 100% plant-based hemp plastic cannabis packaging to customers across North America. “We’re excited about our launch and we’re even more excited to provide the cannabis industry with some much needed differentiated, sustainable, and compliant packaging solutions,” Ron Basak-Smith, Sana’s co-founder and CEO, said in a release. “As rapidly growing and emerging industries, we believe the cannabis and industrial hemp industries have a responsibility to be platforms for positive social, economic, and environmental change.”


Marijuana Retail Report: "Sana Packaging Delivers First Orders To Customers Across North America"

“We’re excited about our launch and we’re even more excited to provide the cannabis industry with some much needed differentiated, sustainable, and compliant packaging solutions,” said Ron Basak-Smith, co-founder and CEO of Sana Packaging. “As rapidly growing and emerging industries, we believe the cannabis and industrial hemp industries have a responsibility to be platforms for positive social, economic, and environmental change.”


mg retailer: "Sana Packaging Delivers First orders to Customers Across North America"

DENVER, COLORADO – Sana Packaging, a startup that designs and develops 100% plant-based hemp plastic packaging solutions for the cannabis industry, has officially launched. Sana Packaging recently delivered their first orders to customers across North America.


Canna newswire: "Sana packaging is open for business"

Sana Packaging delivers their first orders of 100 percent plant-based hemp plastic cannabis packaging to customers across North America. 

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mg retailer: "The Recommender: Products that are Kind to the Earth"

Flower is all about the grower, and I like mine sustainably produced and sun-grown. Some of my favorites include the Royal Kush grown by Earthworks Farm in Mendocino County (part of the Flow Kana cooperative:, Super Fruit grown by Huckleberry Hill Farms ( in southern Humboldt County, and Amnesia Haze grown by the Burnside Garden Collective in Portland, Oregon.


bizwest: "Canopy Boulder invests $575,000 in follow-on capital"

BOULDER — CanopyBoulder, an accelerator and venture fund for ancillary companies to the cannabis industry, has made $575,000 in follow-on investments in several cannabis companies.At least eight companies that previously went through Canopy’s business accelerator and received an initial $30,000 investment are receiving follow-on capital.

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future cannabis project: "california cannabis packaging compliance"

Watch the video from our panel discussion on cannabis packaging requirements and compliance in California.

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Cu boulder alumni spotlight: "sana packaging"

Sana Packaging is a startup that designs and develops 100% plant-based hemp plastic packaging solutions for the cannabis industry. The founders, Ron Basak-Smith and James Eichner, are both Leeds MBA alumni. In fact, they started working on Sana Packaging in Jeff York’s Sustainable Venturing class and George Deriso’s Business Plan Development class during their 2016 fall semester. A few months later, Sana Packaging was accepted to CanopyBoulder, a seed-stage business accelerator focused on ancillary products and services in the cannabis industry. Ron and James completed the accelerator program the same week they graduated from Leeds.

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Uncanny wellness: "8 Ways Hemp Can Save The World"

Take a moment to visualize something with me. Picture a vast sea of bright green plants as far as the eye can see. You can practically feel the rich soil they’re growing out of and you can hear the birds happily chirping as they fly overhead. The sun is setting, and off in the distance you can see someone driving a tractor, harvesting a section of the crop and moving it to where it will be processed. Zooming out a bit from the field and you can see solar-powered factories with these bright green plants entering on one side. Out the other side are an incredible new generation of bio-plastics, biofuels, health products, and more.


Ministry of hemp: "Hemp Packaging Offers Sustainable Alternatives To Paper & Plastic (VIDEO)"

Hemp packaging could be a solution to the problem of disposable, single-use paper and plastic.“The statistics are in: every second … a half acre of trees are cut down,” said Matthew Glyer of Hemp.Press. “7.5 bllion trees for paper alone is not sustainable.”


hemporium: "Hemporium’s Hemp 'Field Trip' 2018: Colorado Hemp Expo"

Hemporium’s Tony Budden was invited to speak at the world’s largest hemp gathering, the NoCo Hemp expo in Colorado, last month. The event was sold out on both days, with over 150 exhibitors and 75+ speakers. This was a great indication of the growth of the industry in a relatively short time in Colorado and the rest of the States that allow hemp to be grown.


bizwest: "What to expect if you want to build a cannabis startup"

To form a cannabis startup means joining an industry that is heaped with ever-changing regulation in its infancy. It’s one with as many challenges as there are opportunities, and several cannabis entrepreneurs shared their experiences at Boulder Startup Week’s panel “What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Cannabis Startup.”


Cu boulder today: "Several CU affiliates to speak during Boulder Startup Week"

Come celebrate Boulder's innovative startup culture with over 200 events, free and open to the public, at Boulder Startup Week May 14–18. Take a look below at some of the sessions featuring CU Boulder faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as Regent Heidi Ganahl.

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Boulder weekly: "Aligning PLant with plant: The cannabis industry’s first reliably sustainable packaging alternative, potentially"

So those can be pretty bad,” Ben Searchinger says, talking about the Russian-doll-like packaging system that encloses a box of edible gummies at Drift dispensary, where he’s inventory manager. One company, he says, “has individual boxes, inside those boxes are the childproof dram bottles … and inside those are plastic bags with the gummies in them. And then we have to put it in a paper, opaque exit bag.”


Canopy Boulder: "Alumni spotlight: sana packaging saves the planet"

One of the things we hear around here from time to time is the appeal of the cannabis industry because it is not yet set in decades of tradition. This reality opens up opportunities to build something with the state of our world in mind. Ron Basak-Smith and James Eichner of Sana Packaging are two of the visionaries bringing a more sustainable future to this nascent industry.

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let's talk hemp & the 422: "Season 1, episode 17"

Episode 17 of #LetsTalkHemp and #The422 brings us to Balboa Park in San Diego for the 2018 EarthWorks Fair and largest free earth day celebration in the world.  Colorado Hemp Company and The Hemp Road trip along with dozens of other hemp and cannabis companies converge in the Cannabis Village on The 422.  Special guests include Sana PackagingHemp Zoo, Doug Fine and Cait Curley.

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Ministry of hemp: "Largest NoCo Hemp Expo Ever Outgrows Loveland, Colorado"

On April 6 and 7, thousands of people flocked to the Ranch Events Center in rural Loveland, Colorado, for the fifth and largest ever annual NoCo Hemp Expo. The sold-out event featured a crowd of 6,000 people in attendance over the two days, according to a press release issued by the event organizers.

Cashinbis: "5 innovative hemp product trends from noco hemp expo"

The 5th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo on April 6-7 at The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colorado showcased top hemp companies and brands to leaders in farming, genetics, product development, innovation, technology and market strategy. 


hemp zoo: "plant-based cannabis packaging"

Looking to step up your cannabis packaging game? SANA PACKAGING is made in the USA of 100% plant-based hemp plastic packaging. As the cannabis industry grows so does the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic trash in our landfills and oceans. SANA PACKAGING is doing a great service for the earth we live on and the cannabis industry. 



It’s hard to write about hemp bioplastics without first addressing our global plastic problem. So without further ado, a 2017 study published in Science Advances states that since we began mass-producing plastics in the 1950s, we’ve created over 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic. Of these 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic, only 9 percent has been recycled while 79 percent has ended up in our landfills and natural environment. If we don’t address this problem, by 2050 there will be over 12 billion metric tons of plastic polluting our landfills and natural environment.


Fresh Toast: "3 ways to be a conscious cannabis consumer"

When you want to partake in the recreational cannabis market, either as a resident or tourist, the newness and novelty of everything could distract you from one very important truth: that this is still an industry, a product, a part of the consumer system. Because cannabis is in a grey area (outside of its taxation and sale), it’s not treated like an everyday plant or product coming from harvest, but rather something like a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol.


GANJA TALKS: "Bioplástico de cânhamo: startup traz solução sustentável ao mercado canábico"


James Eichner é co-fundador da Sana Packaging, empresa americana que traz soluções de embalagens diferenciadas, sustentáveis compatíveis com a indústria de cannabis, produzidas totalmente com plástico de cânhamo. Com M.B.A. em Business pela Universidade de Colorado Boulder, James é apaixonado pelo ar livre e em proteger o meio ambiente, e acredita na responsabilidade dos ganjapreneurs para a construção de uma indústria canábica com valores sólidos e que gerem retorno à comunidade e ao meio ambiente.

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cannabis packaging news: "the cannabis industry has a plastic problem"


Since we began mass-producing plastics in the 1950s, we’ve created over 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic. Less than 10% of this plastic has been recycled while 79% has ended up in our landfills and natural environment. What does this have to do with cannabis packaging? The short answer is: everything.


High friends podcast: "perverted by prohibition"


Is cannabis bad for the environment? How do we nurture small business after prohibition ends in Canada? Gill speaks to Kelly Coulter about what sustainable growing looks like and how cultivators can use natural resources for better results. Rachel talks to Lisa Campbell about supporting small enterprise and making space for everyone.


leafly: "7 Eco-Friendly Cannabis Brands Helping Us Get High Sustainably"

As more states legalize cannabis, the industry is met with careful observation and critique. Consequently, it’s become apparent that producing cannabis comes with a price tag on the environment. While this industry has existed in the black market for decades, the expansion and transparency of new legal markets has put a hefty strain on our environment.

Thankfully, consumer choices inform and direct the decisions made by producers and manufacturers. But what kind of products should you be looking for as a consumer hoping to reduce the industry’s environmental footprint?

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hanf magazin: "Hemp: A green solution for our addiction to plastics"


Humans have a frightening addiction to plastics – and it’s only getting worse. In the USA, only 14% of recyclable plastics are collected and only 5% are actually processed, therefore 95% of plastics are single use and end up in the landfill – or worse – our oceans. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has projected that, if things don’t change, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. This is a catastrophic situation, which requires urgent affordable, sustainable, and scalable solutions. Attempting to reduce plastics usage and increase recycling programs will only help so much, we urgently need a system redesign and majorly shift the raw materials used in the production of all this plastic.

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thc magazine: "SANA PACKAGING: Packaging cannabis with cannabis"

One Denver company, expected to go into full-scale production in early 2018, is packaging cannabis with cannabis. 

“Our vision for this company is to be able to package cannabis with cannabis products and cannabis waste and really close the resource loop here and get rid of a lot of the waste we already have,” says Ron Basak-Smith, co-founder and CEO of Sana Packaging. 


Denver Westword: "Grateful Hearts Will Celebrate Hemp in Boulder on June 9"

The eighth annual Hemp History Week, which runs from June 5 through 11, is a national grassroots effort pushing to restore support for industrial hemp farming in America. And the Denver-based Industrial Hemp Research Foundation is doing its bit by putting on an educational soiree in Boulder from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 9. The Grateful Hearts Unite for Hemp fundraiser coincides with the Dead & Company concert at Boulder's Folsom Field. Only minutes from the music venue, the hemp-centric event at Cafe Aion promises giveaways, food, drinks and music from the female bluegrass & Americana fusion band Pistols and Petticoats.


MARIJUANA TIMES: "How America is Celebrating Hemp History Week"

The Industrial Hemp Research Foundation (IHRF) has organized an event on June 9th to celebrate and educate people about the history of hemp. From 2:30 – 5:00 Café Aion will host the Grateful Hearts Unite for Hemp, a pre-party fundraising celebration while the Dead & Company is in town for a concert at Boulder’s Folsom Field.


BOULDER MAGAZINE: "Colorado’s bumper crop of cannabis businesses"

There was a time in the not so distant past when working with marijuana in any way was a criminal offense. But as far as the Colorado innovation community is concerned, the road to the future is now paved with cannabis. Legalization in 2012 created a wide-open market, and many entrepreneurs have wasted no time jumping in with big dreams and big business plans. “Everything about the industry is so new, and there are a lot of opportunities,” says James Eichner, co-founder of cannabis startup Sana Packaging. “Because it’s so young, we can build the industry how we see fit. It’s not an industry that’s stuck in its ways.”


BIZwest: "SAna Packaging one of ten startups graduating from 13-week cannabiz accelerator"

BOULDER — Ten startups, all providing ancillary products and services related to the cannabis industry, showcased their pitches at the Demo Day for the Canopy Accelerator. The demo day for Canopy — one of the first accelerators for startups in cannabusiness — is one of two demo days to take place during Boulder Startup Week.


blunt network: "Sana packaging wants to repackage legal cannabis"

Sana Packaging co-founders James Eichner and Ronny Basak-Smith met while students at the University of Colorado’s Leed’s School of Business. The start-up is now in the Spring 2017 group at Canopy Boulder, the cannabis business accelerator. They spoke to Blunt Network about why the legal cannabis industry needs new packaging.


canopy boulder: "Sana packaging presenting at the canopy boulder demo day on May 15"

BOULDER, CO, April 20, 2017 – Canopy, a venture fund and business accelerator for companies developing ancillary products and services for the legal cannabis industry, is pleased to announce multiple events for investors and the public to mark the graduation of its Spring 2017 accelerator program cohort.


pitchbook: "VCs planting seeds in the cannabis industry: sana packaging one of three cannabis startups to watch in 2017"

The startup world has seen a growing number of cannabis-related companies crop up over the past several years, a development that's likely driven by the increasing number of US states to legalize marijuana in some capacity. The industry is ripe for technological innovation—and several companies and investors are taking advantage.


Cannabis FINANCIAL network: "sana packaging one of six Cannabis Startups to Watch in 2017"

The legal cannabis business in the United States is booming. Recent numbers released by New Frontier Data and published by The Cannabist predict the market to be worth a staggering $24 billion by the year 2025. With 29 states having already legalized marijuana for medical and/or adult-use purposes, and more states considering the topic every year, it’s no surprise that investors want to get in while the getting’s good.


canopy boulder: "meet the founders: sana packaging"

Sana Packaging is an alternative to the plastic packaging options available in the cannabis industry, experimenting with hemp-based materials to decrease the carbon footprint and non-biodegradable waste output of packaged goods.


canopy boulder: "sana packaging accepted to canopy boulder accelerator program"

BOULDER, CO, Feb 16, 2017 – Canopy, a venture fund and business accelerator for companies developing ancillary products and services for the legal cannabis industry, is pleased to announce the launch of the Spring 2017 class. Ten startups are taking part in the 16-week accelerator program with businesses ranging from geo-mapping technology to help consumers find the best value on cannabis products, to vending machines that use facial recognition technology to securely identify consumers.