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Choose Your Sustainable Packaging

EcoEnclose is the leader in sustainable packaging. We offers many different eco-friendly packaging options. So, it’s not surprising that the most common question we get is “Which one is the most sustainable?”

Unfortunately, there is no easy response. Questions like "Plastic versus Paper" and "Recyclable versus Compostable" do not have clear answers. That’s why we suggest companies develop their own unique sustainability vision to guide packaging decisions. Sustainability and Your Business offers step by step guidance on this process, and our Sustainable Packaging Resource Center is chock full of resources to help you learn more.  

This page lists sustainable packaging characteristics and EcoEnclose products that align with each eco feature. Once you're armed with your own sustainable packaging framework, this resource helps you quickly identify packaging options that best align with your vision. Need more info on a specific packaging solution? Check out our Bill of Materials.

100% RECYCLED CONTENT

Utilizing as much recycled content as possible is core to EcoEnclose's Sustainable Packaging Framework. Recycled content means lower carbon emissions, new resources weren't harvested, and that recycling markets are strengthened. Learn more about why Recycled Content is so important to us.

Recycled content can be "post-consumer" (material that has been used by a consumer or business) or "post-industrial" (scraps from the manufacturing process). We aim to use as much post-consumer waste as possible in our packaging because it is more difficult to manufacture with and therefore harder to find markets for.  

MAILERS

100% Recycled, 50% Post-Consumer Waste.

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100% Recycled, 90% Post-Consumer Waste.

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100% Recycled, 97% Post-Consumer Waste.

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100% Recycled, 25% Post-Consumer Waste.

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100% Recycled, 90% Post-Consumer Waste.

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100% Recycled, 97% Post-Consumer Waste.

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100% Recycled, 100% Post-Consumer Waste.

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SHIPPING BOXES AND INTERNAL BOXES

100% Recycled, 97% Post-Consumer Waste.

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100% Recycled, 97% Post-Consumer Waste.

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VOID FILL AND DECORATIVE PAPER

Corrugated Bubble for Void Fill

100% Recycled, 95% Post-Consumer Waste.

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Packaging Paper

100% Recycled, At least 30% Post-Consumer Waste

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Tissue Paper and Ornament Shred

100% Recycled, 20% Post-Consumer Waste.

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WHOLESALE AND INNER PACKAGING

100% Recycled Flap & Seals

100% Recycled, 100% Post-Industrial Waste (0% Post-Consumer)

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Flap & Seals with Suffocation Warning

100% Recycled, 100% Post-Industrial Waste (0% Post-Consumer)

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100% Recycled EcoBands

100% Recycled, at least 30% Post-Consumer Waste

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LABELS AND PACKAGING ACCESSORIES

Sheet Labels: 100% Recycled, 100% Post-Consumer Waste (Direct Thermal Facestock is 100% Virgin Material)

Zero Waste Release Liner: 100% Recycled, 100% Post-Consumer Waste

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Label: 100% Recycled, 100% Post-Consumer Waste

Zero Waste Release Liner: 100% Recycled, 100% Post-Consumer.

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100% Recycled, 100% Post Consumer

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100% Recycled Content, 90% Post-Consumer Waste

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RECYCLABLE

"Recyclable" is also core to our Sustainable Packaging Framework. After "Reuse," Recycle is the next most optimal end of life scenario.

The term "recyclable" can mean Curbside Recyclable or Harder to Recycle. Curbside recyclable means that most Americans can put the item in their mixed recycling or blue bin. Harder to Recycle means that (as of today), companies and consumers must dispose of the items in a pre-sorted recycling stream. We prefer Curbside Recyclable over Harder to Recycle, because these items are far more likely to actually be recycled. We also recognize that recycled materials with a strong and consistent market are preferred over goods that are difficult for recyclers to sell.        

MAILERS

Recyclable with Thin Film Dropoff (Harder to Recycle)

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Curbside Recyclable

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Curbside Recyclable

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Curbside Recyclable

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Curbside Recyclable

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Curbside Recyclable

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Curbside Recyclable

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SHIPPING BOXES AND INTERNAL BOXES

Curbside Recyclable

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Curbside Recyclable

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VOID FILL AND DECORATIVE PAPER

Corrugated Bubble for Void Fill

Curbside Recyclable

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Packaging Paper

Curbside Recyclable

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GreenWrap

Curbside Recyclable

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Tissue Paper

Curbside Recyclable, Where Accepted (Learn More)

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Ornament Shred

Curbside Recyclable

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WHOLESALE AND INNER PACKAGING

Glassine Bags

Curbside Recyclable

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Flap & Seals

Recyclable in Thin Film Drop Off (Harder to Recycle)

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100% Recycled EcoBands

Curbside Recyclable

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TAPES, SHIPPING LABELS AND STICKERS

When it comes to tape, labels, stickers and anything else you adhere to a package, the blanket term "recyclable" should be avoided! This is because the recyclability of these items depends on what they are being adhered to. If a shipping label is used on a non-recyclable mailer (such as a paper exterior, bubble interior mailer), than the package can't be recycled. If it is being used on a corrugated shippin box, the entire package can be recycled. Our paper-based tapes, labels and stickers all feature "recycle compatible adhesive," meaning that if they are applied to a paper-based package, the entire package can be safely recycled and the adhesive and  

Paper-Based Packages can be Curbside Recycled with these Labels Affixed. Release Liners are Curbside Recyclable.

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Paper-Based Packages can be Curbside Recycled with these Stickers Affixed. Release Liners are Curbside Recyclable.

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Paper-Based Packages can be Curbside Recycled with this Tape Affixed.

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Kraft Flatback Tape

Paper-Based Packages can be Curbside Recycled with this Tape Affixed.

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Cello Tape

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PACKAGING ACCESSORIES

Curbside Recyclable

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Curbside Recyclable

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COMPOSTABLE, NATURALLY BIODEGRADABLE

Recycling is generally the preferred end of life scenario for ecommerce packaging. If something can't be recycled, composting is the next best end of life option. Most of the compostable packaging options below are recyclable and naturally biodegradable. We love this because the items can and should be recycled, but if they end up as litter, they will ultimately biodegrade. And, even after the package is recycled into something new, the raw material will eventually return back to the Earth.  

We are often asked if we carry a Compostable Poly Mailer. Currently, we do not. This is because the PLA/PBAT blend currently being used for all Compostable Poly Mailers on the market is not as eco-friendly as 100% Recycled Paper Mailers or 100% Recycled Poly Mailers, and this material does not solve the key challenges posed by traditional plastic. Click here for more information.

MAILERS

Naturally Biodegradable, Compostable. Plastic tear strip must be removed before composting. Recommended that the adhesive strip is removed before composting.

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Naturally Biodegradable, Compostable. Recommended that the adhesive strip is removed before composting.

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Naturally Biodegradable, Compostable. Recommended that the adhesive strip is removed before composting.

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Naturally Biodegradable, Compostable. Recommended that adhesive used to close mailer is removed before composting.

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Naturally Biodegradable, Compostable. Recommended that adhesive strip is removed before composting.

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Naturally Biodegradable, Compostable. Recommended that adhesive strip is removed before composting.

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SHIPPING BOXES AND INTERNAL BOXES

Naturally Biodegradable, Compostable. Recommended that adhesives are removed before composting.

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Naturally Biodegradable, Compostable. Recommended that adhesives are removed before composting.

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WHOLESALE AND INNER PACKAGING

Glassine Bags

Naturally Biodegradable, Compostable. Recommended that adhesive strip is removed before composting.

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100% Recycled EcoBands

Naturally Biodegradable, Compostable. Recommended that any adhesives are removed before composting.

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VOID FILL AND DECORATIVE PAPER

Corrugated Bubble for Void Fill

Naturally Biodegradable, Compostable

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Packaging Paper

Naturally Biodegradable, Compostable

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GreenWrap

Naturally Biodegradable, Compostable

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Tissue Paper

Naturally Biodegradable, Compostable

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Ornament Shred

Naturally Biodegradable, Compostable

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TAPES, STICKERS AND SHIPPING LABELS

Shipping Labels

When affixed to a compostable package, labels can be composted (facestock is paper, adhesive is acrylic emulsion)

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Stickers and Product Labels

When affixed to a compostable package, stickers can be composted (facestock is paper, adhesive is acrylic emulsion)

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Non-Reinforced Water Activated Tape

When affixed to a compostable package, tape can be composted (facetock is paper, starch based adhesive)

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PACKAGING ACCESSORIES

Naturally Biodegradable, Compostable

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Naturally Biodegradable, Composable

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Naturally Biodegradable, Compostable. Check local facilities as hemp is not accepted by all composters.

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MADE WITH RENEWABLE MATERIALS, PLASTIC-FREE

We know (and LOVE to see) that so many companies are searching for plastic-free packaging alternatives. This section includes our packaging options that are made with renewable materials - the majority of which are made with paper. It is important to note that most of these are not "polymer-free." Their adhesives include polymers and many of the mailers have adhesive strip release liners with silicone coating. We are often asked if we carry a bio-based poly mailer. Currently, we do not as we have been unable to yet find or develop a poly mailer made with 100% renewable materials (compostable poly mailers available today include PBAT, a petroleum-based binding agent).  

MAILERS

Made wth Paper (includes a plastic tear strip)

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Made with Paper

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Made with Paper

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Made with Paper

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Made with Paper

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SHIPPING BOXES AND INTERNAL BOXES

Made with Paper

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Made with Paper

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WHOLESALE AND INNER PACKAGING

Glassine Bags

Made with Paper

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100% Recycled EcoBands

Made with Paper

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VOID FILL AND DECORATIVE PAPER

Corrugated Bubble for Void Fill

Made with Paper

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Packaging Paper

Made with Paper

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GreenWrap

Made with Paper

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Tissue Paper

Made with Paper

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Ornament Shred

Made with Paper

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TAPES, STICKERS AND SHIPPING LABELS

Shipping Labels

Made with Paper

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Stickers and Product Labels

Made with Paper

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Non-Reinforced Water Activated Tape

Made with Paper

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Kraft Flatback Tape

Made with Paper

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Cello Tape

Made with Cello (a wood-based bioplastic)

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PACKAGING ACCESSORIES

Made with Paper

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Made with Paper

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Made with Hemp

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PRINTING INKS

Though inks make up a tiny percentage of the weight of a package, printing inks have, historically, had a major negative impact on the environment. EcoEnclose works with eco-friendly inks, and is thrilled to offer Black Algae Ink - the world's most sustainable ink - as a printing option for all of our paper-based packaging.

Black Algae Ink: The pigment in this ink is made with algae cells! EcoEnclose's paper mailers feature branding and sustainability information on the bottom foldover, printed with black algae ink. And, when you custom brand your shipping boxes, paper mailers, notecards and more, you can choose to print with black algae ink. Learn more and start making algae part of your sustainable packaging strategy!  

Water-Based Inks: For most printing inks, 80% of the volume is the "carrier." This is the part that carries pigments onto the substrate and then evaporates, leaving the colorant behind. Water-based inks means that the carrier is water, so most of what is evaporating into the air is harmless (and emits low or no VOCs). EcoEnclose utilizes water-based inks in all of its post-production and most of its inline printing.  

Soy-Based Inks: These inks utilize a carrier made with soy. We use soy-based inks for any post-production and inline production that uses offset printing technology.

MANUFACTURED IN NORTH AMERICA

The vast majority of our packaging is manufactured in North America.

We have deliberately sought domestic manufacturing partners for several reasons. It has allowed us to visit and audit our sites, and ensure that working and environmental conditions align with our values. This proximity has made it easier to iterate and improve the functionality and sustainability of our products. Additionally, because many of our products are bulky to ship, working with US and Canada-based suppliers cuts down on the carbon footprint of transportation.

We do carry three products manufactured abroad.
  • Glassine Bags: Manufactured in China
  • Cello Tape: Manufactured in Spain
  • Hemp Twine: Manufactured in Hungary  

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

We know that many companies aim to minimize their carbon footprint as their primary sustainability goal. This is an excellent approach to a sustainability vision as it is quantifiable and concrete.

While we do not have a specific carbon footprint for every product we offer, we do offer some resources to help you understand the impact of different choices.
Regardless of the packaging strategy you choose, if you are focused on minimizing your carbon footprint, aim to use the smallest possible package you can and eliminate unnecessary and non-functional additions to your shipments.

Sustainable Packaging: Product Summary

Product Recycled Content Recyclable Compostable Renewable Made in N. America

100%

Thin Film

No

No

Yes

100%

100%

Curbside

Curbside

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

100%

Curbside

Yes

Yes

Yes

100%

Curbside

Yes

Yes

Yes

32.6%

Thin Film

No

No

Yes

100%

Curbside

Yes

Yes

Yes

100%

Curbside

Yes

Yes

Yes

100%

Thin Film

No

No

Yes

0%

Curbside

Yes

Yes

No

100%

Curbside

Yes

Yes

Yes

100%

Curbside

Yes

Yes

Yes

50% non reinforced; 0% reinforced

Compatible

Yes* (non reinforced only)

Yes* (fiberglass in reinforced)

Yes

0%

No

Yes (but not certified)

Yes

No

0%

Compatible

Yes (but not certified)

Yes

Yes

100%

Curbside

Yes

Yes

Yes

0%

Curbside

Yes

Yes

Yes

100%

Curbside

Yes

Yes

Yes

100%

Curbside

Yes

Yes

Yes

100%

Curbside* (see local guidance)

Yes

Yes

Yes

100%

Curbside

Yes

Yes

Yes

100% in facestock* (direct thermal 0% in facestock), 100% in liner

Compatible

Yes

Yes

Yes

100% in facestock, 100% in liner

Compatible

Yes

Yes

Yes

100%

Curbside

Yes

Yes

Yes

100%

Curbside

Yes

Yes

Yes

100%

Curbside

Yes* (check local guidance for industrial composting)

Yes

No

For more detail on each of our products, check out individual product pages or our Bill of Materials.