The Best 2020 Cannabis Packages From Tread Global…so far.
THE BEST TREAD GLOBAL CANNABIS PACKAGES OF 2020… SO FAR.
After working with several major companies over the years where we produced and manufactured custom innovative, child-resistant containers and packages, we have increased the offering to include our own designs.
Last year’s successful CAN’+ Top for #202 beverage cans, and the “Leaning Jar” we created for TGOD became milestones in our company’s growth. We knew it was time to invest in ourselves, and given that the coronavirus slowed the economy, significant industry disruption occurred. We had more time to work strategically on our business, and we chose to push our products forward.
If you’re in the cannabis ecosystem whether in the US or Canada, there’s a fair chance you’ve heard of us and how we have created and tested primary packaging for some of the biggest names in the cannabis industry, not to mention the awards we’ve won.
And, right now, chances are that you are looking to take action and move your brand forward to differentiate your THC and CBD products from all others by being unique and innovative, while working within the national or local regulations.
By keeping solely focused on our customers and the needs of the industry, we’ve been able to create some much needed primary packages that are small, discrete, innovative, fresh and sustainable–many of the charges we’ve been asked to fulfill by our clients and partners especially since Health Canada has turned their attention toward less waste. (It’s about time the industry stepped up).
Given this we wanted to review our products in the categories of Sustainability, Bio-composite, Concentrate, Glass, Beverages, Sprays and Lotions, and a Dab Syringe so you can better understand what is available, and what is coming up the second half of the year.
The Best in Sustainability – The 100% Paper Box.
The 100% paper box makes sustainability easy. Plus, because the box comes in three sizes, it can work for a number of products including chews, capsules, tablets, mints, chocolates, sachets, vapes cartridges, and pre-rolls.
Many brands tout all paper features, yet many buttons are made of plastic, thereby negating the truly biodegradable paper box. And for extra measure, water-based glue and inks are possible on these boxes, which is uncommon.
If you have multiple lines or carry multiple brands, you may want to use this box for all your THC product needs as the best sustainable option for 2020.
Rather than trying to differentiate with different size packages for each product, we created three sizes that are the most requested, thereby reducing the time it takes for custom size and shape development.
The boxes come in standard black and white with custom colors available. The box is made of rigid paper and will hold up to multiple openings and closures, making this the perfect child-resistant sustainable primary container.
This product is available now and comes with a GCC. 30 days to manufacture plus shipping time.
The Best in Natural Bio-composite – The Pre-roll Flush Box
Our second option for sustainability is a bio-based composite made from coconut husks.
This new design tackles recyclability with an added cool factor of just looking, well, cool. The natural color makes for a stylish and functional design to hold all sorts of THC products like the paper box we reviewed above. It also comes in three sizes for maximum product mix although this box is specifically for 5, 3 and 1 pre-rolls. The 5 preroll box will be the first to market.
If you are looking for a new way to set your brand apart in 2020, this pinch pre-roll flush box is the one for you. While most cannabis packages are disposable, this coconut husk box will stay with you even after your product is long gone.
Compared with the design of others we have seen this year, the flush pre-roll box will be a big contender for the 2020 sustainability awards in cannabis packaging.
This product is available in July and comes with a GCC. 30 days to manufacture plus shipping time.
The Best in Concentrate Containers – The Glass Hex Jar.
This 9 ml concentrate jar is our first small discrete child-resistant container to launch in 2020.
With its unique “hex” shape it models “nature’s perfect shape” including snowflakes and crystals. It also symbolizes harmony, balance, and union as well as the ever-familiar molecular symbol for THC. In addition it is commonly used as a badge behind a brand name referring to a vintage brand–thereby feeling old yet modern at the same time.
This glass jar, clear and painted opaque for the Canadian market survived multiple drops from counter height without breaking. We’ve seen some of the other glass containers chip around their edges, but this is thick, strong and durable.
These containers keep concentrates longer than any other set we’ve tried. That said, the inner liner on the child-resistant top is made of non-toxic and non-leaching foam, so if you’re looking for moisture proof seal and a glass container for cannabis concentrates, this Hex Jar is the best we’ve come up with. And now that Health Canada allows accordion labels, it opens up a new world for smaller primary packages.
Additionally, the locking push and turn child-resistant top requires more effort to open and close than standard concentrate jars, but this is the point, isn’t it, of a “child-resistant jar”.
Because this is an ultra strong quarter turn, we designed this so that the repeated stress of opening and closing won’t cause the threads to strip like we have seen on many stock containers.
The Hex Jar comes in a standard 9 ml volume and is currently available with 30 days to manufacture plus shipping time.
The Best in Upscale Glass Containers – The Glass Oval Collection
As glass continues to be in high demand for upscale fragrance, skincare and personal care packaging, cannabis and CBD topicals are not far behind.
THC and CBD topicals are trending in popularity and consumer interest in “natural” has grown to include everything from non-chemical formulations to innovations in primary packaging. By using glass for our 3-part oval collection, these containers appeal to several senses including how the light reflects off the smooth glass and the heavy weight, conveying a message of quality and luxury.
The global skincare market is rapidly growing with a demand for CBD face creams and body lotions. A shift from plastic to glass is on the uprise especially for packaging in the skincare category. The reason is that glass is chemically inert ensuring a highly stable material for THC and CBD products.
The oval shape is unique in the cannabis topical market, appealing to the traditional luxury market of women’s cosmetics. Among the glass packaging trends in the THC and CBD topical segments is a desire for disruptive designs and innovative shapes made with glass. These will set brands apart on the dispensary shelf, seen by innovative shapes made from molded glass.
The three oval jar sizes are 11.5 ml, 60 ml and 120 ml. For these we have achieved an equally impressive display of innovation and technical skill with the “pinch” mechanism on the child-resistant cap. In normal “push and turn caps, there is a small gap. In the pinch oval cap, there is no gap, thereby maintaining the upscale luxury look, without sacrificing safety.
Another unique and desirable aspect of glass is that it can be infinitely recycled without any deterioration in its properties. These oval containers are 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality.
According to Millennials and Generation Z, glass is recognized as the most premium, natural, recyclable and environmentally-friendly material by the majority of consumers, and with the upswing in cannabis derived topicals, this trend will only continue.
These products are available in July and come with a GCC. 30 days to manufacture plus shipping time.
The Best in THC Beverage Caps – The 28/400 Cap
After the CAN’+ Top launched last April, we set out to develop the second product for the burgeoning THC beverage market.
Back in October, after much research, we realized the need for a child-resistant cap that would work with glass bottles was the next thing. At first we designed an integrated bottle and child-resistant cap. This solution while worked well, ended up being too expensive, and would have limited adoption due to many factories already having wine bottles, or the need to develop a bottle and working through many different co-packers.
We also learned there are about 10 different tops to wine bottles so the effort would not work. Once we realized this and quickly pivoted, we found we could help more companies bring products to market faster. This is one of the many benefits of having design, engineering, and manufacturing all under one roof. Once refocused to what 85% of what the market was using, which is a 28/400 thread count screw top, we found we could help a lot more companies, and bring the cost way down on a per unit basis.
The companies that utilize this are producing non-alcoholic wine THC beverages, THC and CBD flavored drinks, and are using glass or plastic threaded bottles. The 28/400 refers to the tip of the thread on the bottle. The 28 is 28mm opening and the 400 is 1-½ times the thread goes around the bottle. Typically, with any resealable cap, there is a soft moisture barrier in the top of the cap, but with the 28/400 there is nothing added except the material seal. This works amazingly well for an air barrier and leakage, even when turned upside down.
The added bonus of these caps is they satisfy the Health Canada and other US state regulations for resealable requirements when the potency is over what is allowed for single use dosage. The 28/400 child resistant cap comes in black polypropylene but can be made to order in any color.
The 28/400 is currently available with 30 days to manufacture plus shipping time.
The Best in Spray and Lotion Pumps – 5, 10, 30 and 60 ml
We interviewed industry professionals, consumers and designers, and one of the overwhelming comments was, “I wish there were a small discrete child-resistant spray tube that I could sell my THC in.”
Based on this research and current customer requests for discrete cannabis containers, we’ve come up with a line of child-resistant sprays and pumps. If you’re in the market for a pump or lotion sprayer, whether for THC liquid or lotion, that has controlled dosing and a CR cap, we’ve got a variety of products for you to choose from.
We currently have a 5 ml “Pocket Sprayer” for THC that is discrete and easy to use. Based on the feedback received from the market, we wanted to create a small sprayer that was about the size of a chapstick container. The cap is child-resistant so it doesn’t need to be hidden away at home in a separate secure outer box.
Next we have a 10ml pocket sprayer which functions the same but is a bit taller, coming out later in 2020.
Finally we have a 30 and 60 ml airless pump which also fits in your pocket. It is a more upscale version utilizing the “airless vacuum” system that is used in many upscale cosmetic containers. This sprayer is unique in that the seam is in the middle of the container, which makes the tax stamp or tamper proof seal readily noticeable to consumers.
The 30 ml 60 ml spray and lotion pumps have .13 ml or .26 ml of the contents disbursement. This can be specified when ordering to suit your requirements.
The 30 ml is available now, and the 5 ml sprayer is in production this month. The 10 ml and 60 ml will come out later this year.
Our sprayers are 30 days to manufacture plus shipping time.
The Best in Cannabis Oil Dab Applicators – The Dab Rocket
The syringe for cannabis oil can dispense measured doses of THC or CBD concentrate, which is why this is one of the most popular ways to store and dispense oil. Alternatively, to get the same with shatter, you would need to cut and weigh the product for a consistent dosage, but it is not easy nor always accurate. We wanted to create the Dab Rocket for four primary reasons.
First, the syringe and its name brings up images of intravenous drug use, so many want to stay clear of this, even though it is just a preconceived perception, the image needs to be updated.
Second it is very hard for seniors to use normal oil syringes so we made this easy to administer with one hand, which is a big deal for many.
Third, the Dab Rocket stands up on its own, which is a constant complaint from frequent users that the normal syringes fall over and spill the cannabis oil.
Lastly, the syringe itself, inside the protective outer child-resistant container can be ordered in glass or plastic with lined callouts for exact doses. And with either glass of plastic, the plunger presses the oil through the tip without leaving much in the container.
Based on requests for discrete cannabis containers, we’ve come up with a small CR primary packages that works great.
Why Take Our Recommendations?
We’ve been creating packages since 2010 and child-resistant packages and containers for cannabis for the last 5 years. Our staff is an eclectic and innovative mix of industrial designers, machinists, project managers, account service personnel, cannabis industry professionals, and we even have an aerospace engineer. We are dedicated and proactive–and love what we do.
Who Are These Products for?
United States licensed cannabis entities, Canadian LPs, Starts-up, Co-packers, Beverage producers, White labelers, Package designers, Label makers, Compliance officers, Consultants… anyone who works in the cannabis industry and is in need of child-resistant primary packages for cannabis or CBD.
There are a lot of good companies out there in the cannabis packaging business.
We recommend doing your homework online, and finding a few companies who do what we do. Then speak with them to understand what is unique and how they can help you propel your cannabis business forward.
Once you understand the landscape, we suggest you start the conversation with whom you feel most comfortable with ask them how they can bring the most value to your cannabis business. Make sure the fit is there on both sides because it is more about helping your business grow and solving solution for your customers rather than just purchasing a one off a stock cannabis package at the lowest price.
Not all companies offer the same services so make sure you are comparing apples to apples.
About Tread Global
Tread Global creates child-resistant (CR) primary containers and packaging for THC products, cannabis beverages, and CBD; offering innovative design, expert engineering and cost effective manufacturing.
Tread Global believes in a sustainable future
By making high quality, innovative products that work, use less energy to create, and in using only the best materials necessary to create superior products.
The business is packaging, but we are focused on protecting children, for they are our future, believing in the cycle of life, and understanding that packages and containers need to be well designed for seniors who have issues with cognition and strength.
Tread Global is committed to leading the industry and creating a sustainable business that is generational in thought and practice, because everything we as a human race do today, matters for tomorrow.
To learn more see: treadglobal.com
Tread Global’s independent 3rd party testing firm, (now named CR Testing Labs) has tested over 1000 child-resistant products for child-resistance and senior compliance, and has certified hundreds of products that are in the market today in US and Canada.
To learn more see: crtestinglabs.com
About the Author
Benjamin Douglas Ray is the CMO of Tread Global. In his 30 year career he has been an architect etc, owned an a digital ad agency with offices in the US and UK, and has founded and owned 3 legal cannabis entities. He has tackled difficult challenges that have positively influenced and helped people around the world.