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Cannabis Brand Garden Society Incorporates Recyclable, Child-Resistant Packaging

Initially Garden Society began using AssurPack’s slider box but the pre-rolls weren’t fitting optimally. In doing research, they found the AssurPack MarBox-CR, a recyclable plastic box with a lid that flips open when a button is pressed. “It’s unique in the market for pre-rolls. It locks, and people like it because it’s so structured that it keeps everything intact.”

Once empty, MarBox is reusable by the consumer for candies, home-rolled flower and more.

Warner notes that many of Garden Society’s customers use the products for relief of symptoms from conditions like arthritis, joint pain and fibromyalgia. “Some are using our products for medicinal purposes. They don’t have the strength to open some of these child-resistant packages.MarBox is not complicated for arthritic hands to open.”

Working with AssurPack’s Nancy Warner (no relation) was a natural fit. “Not only did the MarBox feel like the perfect product for our brand—it was easy to open for tired hands—but I also really liked supporting this company and appreciated her customer service.”

Edible product packaging

Garden Society is working with Hippo Premium Packaging and is in the process of incorporating the Duallok child-resistant folding carton for their edible products.

Duallok is a patented CR packaging system developed by Burgopak that consists of a tray and sleeve that lock, providing a reliable barrier to entry by children, but remaining easy to open for adults.The system recently won a 2019 PAC Global Leadership Award for its innovative design.

“It’s been fun because Hippo’s founders are two women who launched their company in 2016 out of the need for quality, sustainable packaging for cannabis products. Erin [Gore] and I founded our company in 2016 out of a need for quality, women-centric edible products,” Warner explains. “It’s been really fun to work with these women and their team who launched at the same time with the same reasoning, and the packaging is beautiful and priced competitively.”

Warner and Gore knew how they wanted the graphics to look, and they collaborated with Hippo on creating iterations for various products in different colors and patterns.

Most packaging is handled in-house by manual processes currently. “We do work with co-manufacturers, but by packaging in-house, we’re able to control what goes into the package.” Pre-roll packaging has been handled by a third party, but operations are being brought in-houseas of press time.

Warner is also excited about MarBox and the soon-to-be-released Duallok packaging. “Working with Hippo and AssurPack has been a bright light in a sea of really difficult packaging situations.”