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4 Ways Cannabis Is Becoming A Greener Industry

Submitted by Marijuana News on Mon, 04/26/2021 - 09:36

It’s not easy being green, or is it? In honor of Earth Month, cannabis companies look closely at their environmental impact.

An industry revolving around growing plants seems like it would be ‘green,’ but cannabis cultivation and distribution is energy and resource-intensive. Cultivators tend to use hundreds of plastic tubs and fiberglass containers to grow these plants and need to use lots of water and electricity in order to keep an operation running. Legal cannabis production in the United States consumes enough electricity annually to power 92,500 homes for a year, and that number will only increase as the industry expands.

According to the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), indoor cultivation operations utilize ten times more energy per square foot than a typical office building. The nature of growing cannabis is complex and for the most part, incredibly wasteful, but between regulations around cultivation and child-proof packaging, cannabis companies ironically have fairly limited options for “going green.”

Source: https://420intel.com/articles/2021/04/26/4-ways-cannabis-becoming-greener-industry

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