Restalk turns cannabis waste into tree-free paper products

Emily Gray Brosious

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Did you know cannabis stalks can be recycled into paper?

The cannabis industry is booming in the United States, which means more legal pot farming and more cannabis byproduct than ever before.

One company is taking that byproduct — specifically, cannabis stalks — and recycling it into environmentally friendly tree-free paper and packaging material.

Restalk aims to reduce the marijuana industry’s carbon footprint by offering legal cultivators an “eco-friendly recycling solution.”

“As the marijuana industry is predicted to generate $35 billion by 2020, it is imperative to implement beneficial environmental practices before this sector enters its next phase,” Restalk’s new Chairman of the Board, Kyle Tracey said in a release.

“We will repurpose the cannabis bio-waste into consumer products, and incentivize farmers by offering a royalty on sales relative to their contribution,” he said.

Restalk expects to have a limited product line commercially available by summer 2016, and plans to scale up production in the second half of 2016, according to a Packaging Digest interview with the company’s CEO and co-founder, Lucas Hildebrand.

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