Appreciation for Mother Earth demands our participation in the fight to save her. 

 

At Dama Distributing we work hard every day to inform, inspire and empower humanity to rise to the challenge of social and responsible consciousness. 

 

Single use plastic waste created by the Cannabis and Hemp industries has been an unfortunate side effect of the industry. Creating a need for the development of sustainable and compliant packaging solutions, Cole Gibbs founded Dama Distributing.

 

It is our belief that sustainability is a joint effort. Dama Distributing realizes one’s impact can accelerate the world's transition to a new era of development, growth, and the bettering of our planet. Every step taken towards that goal creates a positive ripple effect – no matter how small; – making a conscious choice of what we use and how we use plastics can no longer be ignored. Collaborations with Market Leaders who are forthcoming with their responsibility in this global effort is paramount. Bold, innovative new materials will drive ambition to share knowledge and inspire audiences to act.

Being mindful of our actions to cause no unnecessary harm is something we are proud of; but the true satisfaction comes from being associated with like-minded achievers seeking the opportunity for long-term environmental prosperity, now as well as future generations.

 

With the various environmental challenges and climate changes happening in the world, we strongly believe in the importance of taking active steps towards eliminating plastic waste. We choose to make the world's most respected, socially conscious solutions with the most sustainable materials available. By pioneering new products and materials; hemp has and will continue to be an amazing tool combating climate change. Hemp is a carbon negative plant which means it sequesters more carbon then it releases. Converting the leftover biomass produced by the Cannabis and Hemp industries into plastics, fabrics, paper or concretes, locks away the carbon even longer. 

 

At Dama Distributing we only work with infinity recyclable materials including glass, steel and home compostable plant plastics. Additionally, our labels are printed with water based inks in a carbon neutral facility powered by the wind. We only work with these types of products because using materials that require commercial composting to break down, does not solve the problem. Most commercial composting facilities will not take bioplastics to breakdown, and those that will are very rare. If these materials are not properly disposed of, they will act like regular plastics and take years to decompose. While only 9% of all petroleum plastics are recycled worldwide, the plastic waste problem is growing out of control. Dama Distributing is on a mission to eliminate single use plastic waste, by offering truly sustainable packaging solutions for everything from seeds to concentrates. Dama Distributing eliminates over 3.5 tons of petroleum plastic packaging from the industry every month with the World’s First and Only Sustainable Child Resistant Hemp Plastic Containers released in 2019. Followed by the World’s First and Only Home Compostable Pre-roll Tubes in 2021. 

 

……..we would like to thank you for sharing and continuing this journey with us.

 “Together we end plastic pollution.” -Cole Gibbs, Founder & CEO Dama Distributing

Glass Pre-roll Tubes Vs. Compostable Pre-roll Tubes


 

Are you looking for a sustainable alternative to poisonous petroleum plastic pop tops? Thinking about going with glass or compostable bioplastics? Let’s look at both options and compare the two. 

 

Glass Pre-roll Tubes-

 

With 91% of all petroleum plastics ending up in landfills, incinerated, shipped overseas, or littering our streets, mountains and oceans. Eliminating single use petroleum plastics is a significant step in the right direction. 

The great things about glass tubes are that they are reusable and infinitely recyclable. If you can legally implement a take back program in your state for cannabis packaging, this is a great way to reuse the packaging. When the tube is no longer reusable or there is no take back program in your area, the tubes can be recycled infinitely. Before you recycle, remember to remove the labels and wash out the container before throwing it in your recycle bin. 

The average energy consumption to recycle one ton of glass is 15,900,000 Btu.

The downsides to glass are that it is heavy, fragile, and energy intensive to recycle. On average, a glass pre-roll tube is 22.6g, this is 2 times heavier than a bioplastic alternative. Making glass more expensive to ship per box. Glass can easily break during transport or, if dropped, increasing the overall costs and turnaround time. Glass Pre-roll Tubes cost between $0.60-$0.30 each, which may or may not include the lid.   

 

Compostable Pre-roll Tubes-

 

The great things about Compostable Bioplastic Pre-roll Tubes are that they are reusable and compostable in industrial facilities and sometimes backyard/home composts. Not all “compostable” products are accepted at your local composter, and some do not allow any bioplastics for composting. Check with your local industrial composter before sending in. If you can send it into your local composter, this creates a circular economy for the tubes. Once composted, this material will help grow more plants. Who’s biomass can create more sustainable Pre-roll Tubes. This is also the case when you use a home/backyard compost. Check with the manufacturer to see if this is a proper disposal method for the tubes. The temperatures and microbes in an industrial setting differ greatly from your home compost. 

The average energy consumption needed to compost one ton of material is 260,000 Btu in an industrial composting facility. Significantly less in home/backyard composts. The weight of a compostable Pre-roll tube is 11g. When compared to the 22.6g of glass, the reduced weight will also reduce the shipping costs and carbon footprint of each box. Compostable Pre-roll Tubes cost $0.23-$0.30 each, with no additional lid needed. 

 

Recap-

 

Glass Pre-roll Tubes can be reused again and again. Bottle return programs are becoming more and more popular across the globe. Glass is also infinitely recyclable, but energy intensive to do so. The shipping costs and costs per unit are higher than bioplastics alternatives because of the weight. Clear glass tubes also allow light and UV degradation of the products inside to occur. 

 

Compostable Pre-roll Tubes can be reused, home or industrially composted. This creates a circular economy vs. the linear, take waste economy of poisonous petroleum plastics. Bioplastics are not always accepted for composting, and industrial composters may not exist in your area. When composted in an industrial facility, they use less than 2% of the energy that is required to recycle glass and significantly less in a home compost. The average cost per compostable tube is also less than glass. 

 

Winner-

 

Compostable Pre-roll Tubes. 

They are less expensive per tube, less expensive to ship, opaque and use significantly less energy at the end of life. 

"Together we can end plastic pollution."

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