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Shipping Solutions for Apparel

T-shirts, socks, pants, underwear – whatever apparel you sell – you have a few options to consider. Here we describe your options, and the pros and cons associated with each, to help you land on the best shipping solution for you.

Packaging Options

Apparel companies typically have the option of shipping their goods in mailers or shipping boxes. Both are great options!

Mailers are typically more cost effective, allow for more seamless operations (because you don't have to make and seal each shipping box), take up less room, and are more sustainable overall because they use less material than an equivalent shipper box.

On the other hand, boxes make for exceptional presentation and work well for companies that want to go the extra mile for a unique, premium customer experience. And while they are not as sustainable as equivalently sized mailers, our shipping boxes are 100% recycled (95% post-consumer!) and recyclable, and corrugated has the highest recycling rate of any other household good - so you can be confident they likely will be recycled. Finally, boxes work particularly well if your orders typically included three or more items.

If you think mailers are right for your business, the next step is to determine what kind of mailer you need! EcoEnclose offers three options that could work well for your business - two types of poly mailers (100% recycled and 88% recycled) and 100% recycled kraft mailers. A handful of apparel companies ship their apparel in protective mailer options - our 100% recycled padded mailers or 32.6% recycled bubble mailers. The following chart shows a comparison of pros and cons of poly mailers, kraft mailers, padded mailers, bubble mailers, and shipper boxes when it comes to packaging apparel.


Shipping Boxes Poly Mailers Kraft Mailers Padded Mailers Bubble Mailers
Pros Excellent presentation

Custom cut for your products

Stacks well for outbound delivery

Compostable and recyclable; and customers are likely to recycle them properly

Lightest option, leading to lower cost and more eco-friendly shipping

Least expensive option we offer

Weather proof

Reusable for returns

Recyclable
Product keeps it shape, even if product doesn't fill it out completely

Gusseted Kraft Mailers work very well for large apparel items

Biodegradable and recyclable; and customers are likely to dispose of them properly

Product keeps it shape, even if product doesn't fill it out completely

Offers some padding and protection

Biodegradable and recyclable; and customers are likely to dispose of them properly

Product keeps it shape, even if product doesn't fill it out completely

Offers some padding and protection

Weather proof

Reusable for returns

Recyclable

Lightest cushioned mailers style

Cons Heavy, leading to higher shipping costs

Requires some extra air to be shipped

Priciest option

Requires assembly and tape
Loses its shape if product does not fill it out completely

Flimsier presentation (but can use Flap & Seal to enhance customer experience)
Not 100% weather proof. A clear Flap & Seal can be used to protect your product. Not 100% weather proof.

Padding makes it more difficult to pack mailer with product.

Heavier and thicker than other mailer options.
Thicker than other mailer options

Padding makes it more difficult to pack mailer with product.

32.6% recycled content is the highest possible amount based on current technology and research.

Do You Need Protective Inner Packaging?
EcoEnclose offers 100% Recycled Flap & Seals - clear bags that are designed to serve as inner protective packaging for items, particularly items like apparel.

Flap & Seals and similar clear poly bags serve two potential purposes. Companies that sell wholesale (they send their products to retailers or third party warehouses) typically first individually package each of their items in a clear poly bag. This not only protects their goods and allows for easier sorting and storage by their retailers, it is often a packaging requirement set by third party fulfillment centers (such as Amazon FBA).

Some apparel companies that sell and distribute directly to their customers also use Flap & Seals or other clear poly bags to protect their goods - from dust or any tears in the outer packaging - while in transit and to strengthen the overall customer experience.

Mailer Sizing Chart
If you've decided that mailers are right for your apparel business, this sizing chart can help. If you're trying to find the right size, we strongly recommend that you order free samples first to ensure they will work well for your business.

Poly Mailers Kraft Mailers Padded Mailers
Sweater

12 x 15.5" or 14.5 x 19"

12.5 x 19"

10.5 x 15"

T-shirt 9 x 12"

6 x 2.5 x 12"

8.5 x 11"

Dress shirt 10 x 13"

6 x 2.5 x 12"

8.5 x 11"

Two shirts 10 x 13"

9.5 x 14.5"

8.5 x 11"

Three shirts 12 x 15.5" 12.5 x 19"

10.5 x 15"

Dress or jeans 12 x 15.5" or 14.5 x 19"

12.5 x 19"

10.5 x 15"

Socks 6 x 9"

6 x 2.5 x 12"

6 x 9"

Examples

Here are a handful of examples of how some of our customers have packaged their fabric and apparel goods in EcoEnclose products.

Twelve Bees produces burp cloths, and first protects them in our Flap & Seal bags, and then packages them in 100% Recycled Poly Mailers.


Here, Cotton Squad packages their stylish shirts in a uniquely designed custom cut tab-locking box, with tissue paper for protection and presentation.



Here, Third and Oak first protects children’s clothes using Flap & Seal bags, and then packages them in 88% Recycled Poly Mailers.


Here, Druthers packages their boxers directly in 100% Reycled Poly Mailers (without using Flap & Seals).


Here, Proper Northwest packages their apparel in beautifully designed
Padded Mailers.

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