Call to Artists
Canna West Seattle, in partnership with their sister store the Culture Shop, is currently seeking artists to create a series of sculptures using and manipulating miscellaneous materials. Materials include a variety of plastic including mylar, glass, cardboard and metals, as shown in these photos. This project is aimed to raise awareness for our Canna Collect Recycling Program that launched early this last fall and has received national attention.
The program is designed to collect used cannabis packaging for recycling while raising awareness to the industry wide problem of unnecessary waste. We need your help!
This is a non-profit project but artists will be paid for their work on a per project basis. Conceptual design, materials chosen and process will all go into consideration. We will provide the cannabis packaging for your design.
In addition, a fundraising campaign and event are in the planning stages to showcase your work, tentatively planned for early fall.
Artists must have a portfolio, website and social media (Facebook & Instagram). There will a marketing and PR team supporting this project and attracting more press attention.
3-5 artists will be selected for this project. We are requesting interested artists to submit their info for consideration no later than April 1. We will contact artists after April 15. The design must be completed by Sept. 30, 2020.
To apply for this project, please visit the link below.
What is Canna Collect? Canna Collect is a new recycling program that offers a drop-off location for cannabis and CBD consumers who want to recycle their used packaging in exchange for discounts and bonus points.
Where is Canna Collect located? Canna Collect originated in West Seattle. Its current drop off location for cannabis and CBD packaging materials is at the Canna West Culture Shop, located at 5435 California Ave.
Why was Canna Collect formed? The cannabis industry has a huge plastic problem and Canna West wants to be part of the solution. By the year 2020 some experts estimate the cannabis industry will generate well over one billion units of single-use plastic packaging waste per year. The biggest offenders are what are known as ‘doob tubes’, which hold pre-rolled joints, but also include any plastic packaging that has a lid smaller than three inches across…those pieces simply cannot be recycled and are instead sent to the landfills.
In 2018, journalist Kristen Milares Young published a landmark story in the Washington Post entitled, Garbage from Washington state’s booming pot industry clogs gutters, sewers and landfills. In a follow up interview with KUOW radio she touched on the scope of the doob tube issue, stating that, “in California, Oregon and Colorado, $217 million in doob tubes were sold in just one 12-month period.”
Every single one of Seattle’s ‘doob tubes’, regardless of whether or not they are made of recyclable plastics and disposed of properly, are going straight to the landfills. As is mentioned above, according to Washington’s state regulations, any plastic tube material that has a lid smaller than three inches across cannot be recycled and must be sent to a landfill. That includes myriad packaging from consumer products and is not limited to cannabis or cbd products.
Canna Collect is about collection and awareness. Canna Collect is about taking sustainable actions with like-minded partners.And Canna Collect is about sharing lessons learned and encouraging positive change in a rapidly emerging industry.