In honor of Earth Day Chelsi Katz of TheCannafairy has put together some amazing ways to be a more sustainable consumer! Check out her featured article and follow her on IG @thecannafairy_ to check out more about this amazing lady!
There are a few different views surrounding the cannabis consumer - AKA the “stoner”. If you don’t consume, you may think that those who do are messy, dirty, and lazy. If you are a stoner, you may think that you’re an earth-loving hippie because you chose cannabis over Big Pharma. Guess what? BOTH of these assumptions are wrong! Consuming cannabis doesn’t make you a lazy bum that doesn’t care about society. On the other hand, you don’t get to call yourself an eco-warrior just because you smoke a natural plant. Here are 5 quick tips that will help stoners be more conscious of how and what they consume, making your cannabis consumption more earth-friendly!
1. Do Your Research
This sounds super easy, but when was the last time you did research on the dispensary you buy from? Are they implementing sustainable practices? Are they diverse in their employees and leadership? What does their carbon footprint look like and how are they working to reduce it? How about giving back to their community? Asking these questions will get you some surprising answers (or no answer) and guide you to more eco-friendly businesses.
2. Get a Reusable Lighter
You’re always lighting them up, throwing them away, or losing them. Switch to a refillable or electric lighter and never worry about not having access to fire again! It’s so much better for the environment, plus it makes you look super cool and classy. Bonus - no one can steal your lighter and pretend it’s theirs.
3. Sign Up for Canna4Climate
Now we all know about 4.22 - if you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s Earth Day! Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by @earthdaynetwork, including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.
Imagine a day dedicated to doing good for the earth, but specifically for STONERS. That’s exactly what @canna4climate aims to do. On 4.21 we’re asking stoners to break the stigmas and step up for the earth by cleaning communities around them! Whether it’s picking up trash at a park, cleaning the beach, or planting a tree, every act makes a difference.
How to get involved:
4. Buy in Bulk
Chances are, you have a favorite strain. Stop buying it in pre-rolls, grams, and eighths, and just get the ounce! You’ll not only save packaging, but you’ll also save money. Most dispensaries offer a bulk discount. Live in a super dry place? Get some mason jars and humidifier packs - those will keep your flower fluffy and sticky for at least a month. More and more places are also doing larger amounts of concentrates, think 4g jars instead of just 1g. Pop it in the fridge to keep it fresh!
5. RECYCLE - More Than You Think
There are many ways to recycle when it comes to cannabis! If we’re talking about the plant itself, you can save your leaves and stems to make a strong infused cooking oil or butter with the Levo Infuser. It makes it so easy to turn your weed scraps into another useful product! The Levo can make anything from oils to creams to bath bombs. When it comes to excessive packaging when you purchase your cannabis, make sure to remove the labels and recycle everything you can! Most places will accept your containers as long as you remove the labels beforehand. Last but not least, see what dispensaries in your area allow you to bring back your containers/will recycle your packaging for you.