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Cannabis brand achieves plastic negative certification across all product lines

PAX announced a new program to reduce plastic waste. Through a partnership with rePurpose Global, PAX has achieved Plastic Negative certification across all existing product lines. This certification includes PAX Mini and Plus, PAX Era and 1G pods, and PAX Gummies, and means that for every product sold, twice as much plastic waste is removed from nature.

As part of this broader plastic action effort, PAX is launching PAX Trip, the brand's first all-in-one vape, and the industry's first plastic negative all-in-one, made with ocean-bound plastic. The Trip features PAX's pure cannabis oils, with a rechargeable battery that heats, never burns, from start to finish. Additionally, it has been engineered for clean hits, with a clear air path that ensures vapor never touches the internal electronics. PAX Trip will be available at selected retailers, beginning in Massachusetts and quickly rolling out to California and New York. PAX Trip is intended to give environmentally conscious consumers a better, more sustainable alternative to existing products on the market.

"The cannabis industry faces significant sustainability challenges, due to regulation, market volatility, cultivation practices, and issues around social equity and justice, so to us, the urgency of this was impossible to ignore," said Laura Fogelman, VP of Communications & Public Affairs at PAX. "While making big changes isn't always easy, we hope to lead by example, incorporating sustainability practices into our business and offering not just better-for-you products, but better-for-the-planet products that we know our customers want."

Programs to fight plastic pollution
"91% of plastic waste is not recycled, so first and foremost, our priority has been to remove the use of plastics wherever possible across our entire product portfolio while still ensuring consumer safety," said Scott Collins, Senior Director of Hardware Product & Design at PAX. "From there, we're accelerating circular solutions with the phase-in of post-consumer recycled materials, and putting partnerships in place to proactively remove plastic from the environment. This is just the starting point — we have a lot of work to do and hope that others will join us in this critical effort."

This partnership will support rePurpose Global's vetted impact project, Paraíso de Ballenas, rehabilitating coastlines and protecting whale breeding grounds on Colombia's Pacific Coast—an area that has been affected by severe plastic pollution littering the beaches and harming marine life. The project will facilitate the removal of low-value plastic from the environment, transportation to and sorting at partner facilities, and recycling at selected end destinations. The project also supports waste workers' incomes and provides access to an inclusive, safe, and dignified work environment.

"PAX's decision to have Plastic Negative products is the need of the hour. We hope this pioneering move pushes more brands to take responsibility for their own plastic footprint and to take more positive actions to reduce their plastic use and increase circularity," said Aditya Siroya, Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer at rePurpose Global.

Sustainable practices
This initiative is part of Peace By PAX, the company's social impact platform focused on pillars of social reform, safe access and sustainability. Additionally, PAX has made commitments to phase in ocean-bound plastic, in partnership with #Tide Ocean SA, which both reduces plastic waste through upcycling and produces up to 80% less CO2 emissions than required to produce virgin plastics. PAX is also enhancing sustainability across its packaging lineup with the rollout of new packaging across selected products this spring containing post-consumer recycled material.

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