As you toss your used-up cannabis oil vape cartridge in the trash, you might wonder, ‘can I recycle that instead?’ The short answer is no — and with the popularity of vape pens steadily rising, that’s a problem. Reports show that concentrate sales are expected to overtake flower sales by 2022, with a large majority of these oils being consumed through pre-loaded vape cartridges we see this being a large waste generator.
To highlight this issue, the upcoming UpcyclePop Holiday Market will premiere an exhibit called Carts for the Arts — designed to push forward a sustainable change in the industry and legislation. With so many different iterations of disposable vape pens flooding the market, environmentalists and concerned consumers are cringing about the inevitable flood of post-consumer waste these products are causing. The cannabis industry is growing, and its garbage problems are growing right along with it.
What is possible for the industry to move forward sustainably will be illuminated here. Seeking highly creative installation artists to create art installations or inventions that will be paired with numerous informational displays. Manufactures, legislators, lobbyists, and city officials will be in attendance. UpcyclePop has a guaranteed purchaser who is looking to purchase art (with a few thousand to spend) for their upcoming convention booths and lobby of their offices. Art installations or inventions can be priced to sell during the event. Also, should the show be a success, UpcyclePop plans to turn Carts for the Arts into a roadshow, and artists will be paid per roadshow appearance.
The Gallery has limited space, please sign up if you are interested in submitting an art piece and a team member from Carts for the Arts will reach out to you to coordinate your source materials and give additional details on the project. UpcyclePop has access to hundreds of thousands of manufactured cartridge defects so they have no oil residue, but the battery still lights up and works. Due to current state laws, artists can not use cartridges that have any residue oil.
Fill out their form and UpcyclePop will be in touch to coordinate materials for you to begin playing and creating. No proposal will be needed, but final art pieces are due on Sunday 12/7 at the Atrium (7300 Folsom Blvd.)
Media attention is planned, if you do not wish to participate in any pre-event press write that in your submission form. Thank you for participating and helping start a movement to make this industry a sustainable one.