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Eco-Friendly Custom Packaging

Grow your business, one custom package at a time.

Give your products the presentation they deserve with eco-friendly, branded custom packaging.

As with everything we do, our custom print capabilities help you show Mother Earth some love while delivering a premium packaging experience. We use eco-friendly inks, including algae ink wherever possible. Wow your customers at first glance for an enhanced unboxing experience.

Don't know anything about custom packaging? Not sure where to start? All you need is your product, your desired packaging, and your artwork - we’ll take care of the rest. We can tailor custom packaging solutions to fit any business size - from as little as 100 units to 10,000 units or more.

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custom branding at low minimum order quantities 

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Custom Shipping Boxes

100% recycled, 95% post-consumer waste. Fully customize style, size, strength, and branding, ensuring your product fits perfectly.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 100 units

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Custom Poly Mailers - Ivory

100% recycled, 50% post-consumer waste. Thin-film recyclable, tear strip for easy opening, second adhesive strip for reuse.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 1000 units

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Custom Poly Mailers - Gray

100% recycled, 50% post-consumer waste. Thin-film recyclable, tear strip for easy opening, second adhesive strip for reuse.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 1000 units

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Custom Apparel Mailers

100% recycled, 97% post-consumer waste. Creasing for expandability and premium presentation. Ideal for shipping textiles.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 500 units

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Custom EcoX Mailers

100% recycled, 70% post-consumer waste. Water, tear, and puncture-resistant paperboard. Ideal for shipping textiles.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 500 units

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Custom Kraft Mailers

100% recycled, 90% post-consumer waste. Lightweight and affordable paper mailers. Ideal for shipping lightweight textiles.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 500 units

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Custom Padded Mailers

100% recycled, 20% post-consumer waste. Upcycled newspaper between recycled Kraft paper. Ideal for shipping fragile items.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 500 units

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Custom Rigid Mailers (SS)

100% recycled, 90% post-consumer waste. Extra-thick 36 pt paperboard ensures your product does not bend in transit.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 500 units

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Custom Rigid Mailers (TL)

100% recycled, 90% post-consumer waste. Thick 28pt paperboard is ideal for shipping art prints, photos, and documents.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 500 units

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Custom EcoBand Wrap

100% recycled, 30% post-consumer waste. Curbside recyclable alternative to a clear poly bag. 80# Kraft paper keeps goods secure.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 200 units

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Custom Shopping Bags

100% recycled. Flat bottom bags are easy to fill, and twisted paper handles are easy to carry. SQF certified for food safety.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 500 units

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Custom Tissue Paper

100% recycled, 20% post-consumer waste. FSC certified 10# paper protects against scuffing and dust. Available in white and Kraft.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 10 cases

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Custom Packing Tape

Water-Activated (reinforced and non-reinforced) and Pressure-Sensitive (Kraft flatback and cello) available in different weight grades.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 5 cases

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Custom Stickers

100% post-consumer waste paper stickers are available on our unique Zero Waste liner that is 100% recycled and curbside recyclable.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 250 units

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Custom Notecards

90-100% recycled. Available in various card stock colors and weights, beautifully printed CMYK. Convey your eco-friendly messaging.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 100 units

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Custom Hang Tags

90-100% recycled. Available in various card stock colors and weights. Beautifully printed CMYK. Perfect for retail tags, gift bags, and more.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 100 units

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Custom Business Cards

100% recycled, 100% post-consumer waste. Available in two sizes. Create personalized business cards as unique as your business.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 100 units


Shop High-Volume

expanded capabilities available at EcoEnterprise

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Inline Poly Mailers

Autobagging | Single-seal | Full bleed | Multi color

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 25,000 units

custom printed bubble mailers

Inline Bubble Mailers

Single-seal | Full bleed | Multi color

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 25,000 units

custom printed multicolor paper mailers

Inline Paper Mailers

Customization varies by mailer type.

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 5,000 units

custom printed retail tuck boxes

Inline Retail Boxes

Digital & gloss printing | Cut-outs | Adhesive seals

Custom Print Minimum Order Quantity: 10,000 units


Frequently Asked Questions and Topics

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Why is Custom Packaging Worth the Investment?

For e-commerce brands, the shipped package represents the most direct touchpoint with a customer. It is also one of the most underused marketing opportunities at your disposal.

Here at EcoEnclose, we often remark that your shipped package is the only marketing tool at your disposal with a 100% open rate. Make sure it tells your story!

And the data backs this up. A 2016 survey from Dotcom Distribution found that 40% of consumers are likely to make repeat purchases from an online merchant with premium packaging. 39% of consumers have shared an image of a delivery via social media because it arrived in unique, branded packaging. That translates into referrals, buzz, and user-generated content. Done well, branded, sustainable packaging makes a significant difference in category dominance, sales growth, brand equity, and consumer loyalty. Custom printed packaging solutions from the outside of the box to the void fill help ensure safe product delivery while creating a memorable e-commerce experience for your customers. 

Brand packaging is not just for the big companies either- our custom packaging supplies are available in runs as small as 100 units for shipping boxes and 250 units for mailers. Businesses of any size can create custom packaging.

Curious how other successful brands are using custom packaging products as a key component of their marketing strategy? Explore our custom print inspiration!

How do I Choose What Products To Custom Brand?

Most companies start by exploring opportunities to brand their primary packaging - shipping boxes or mailers. These are, by far, our most popular custom packaging solutions. However, branded internal and protective packaging is becoming more popular, and shipping accessories such as stickers and notecards are often used to add some final flair and fun to an #unboxing experience.

Questions to consider as you are choosing how many aspects of your packaging to brand and which to choose:

  • Your order quantities and if they meet minimums
  • Your desired design and unboxing experience
  • Your budget

Longer and more in-depth messages do well on notecards and boxes. Shorter messages do well on mailers, and random repeating patterns do well on tape and tissue.

Outer Packaging: Mailers and Shipping Boxes

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Shop Now: Custom Mailers

EcoEnclose Recycled Mailers are available for custom printing starting at just 500 units. Take your design to the next level of sustainability with black algae ink.

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Shop Now: Custom Shipping Boxes

EcoEnclose 100% Recycled Shipping Boxes are available for custom printing starting at just 100 units. Take your design to the next level of sustainability with black algae ink.

Inner Packaging: Ecoband Paper Product Wrap, Tissue Paper, Glassine Bags

Protect your products in style. EcoEnclose's variety of sustainable inner packaging solutions means finding the perfect solution for your business has never been easier.

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The OrganizerCustom EcoBand Product Wrap - Shop Now 

EcoEnclose 100% Recycled EcoBand Paper Product Wrap organizes your content for the ultimate plastic-free experience. Our 80# Kraft paper is flexible enough to wrap around your products and sturdy to keep your goods secure and protected.

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The Cushioning: Custom Tissue Paper - Shop Now

EcoEnclose 100% Recycled Tissue Paper adds sophistication and luxury while offering a bit of cushioning and protection. Depending on where a person lives and what their waste management provider requires, these can be curbside recycled or composted.

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The Dust Protector: Custom Glassine Bags - Shop Now

EcoEnclose Glassine Bags are a unique wholesale to clear poly bags in that they are made of FSC Certified paper and are curbside recyclable and naturally biodegradable. Custom branding is available in black ink only.

Accessories: Stickers, Tissue Paper, Packing Tape, and More

When it comes to building a sustainable packaging strategy, the shipping box or mailer is just the beginning. Round out your materials with eco-friendly, custom shipping accessories.

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The Seal: Custom Packing Tape - Shop Now

EcoEnclose renewable custom packing tape will set your shipping box apart from the crowd while staying true to your eco-conscious values.

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The Personal Touch: Custom Notecards - Shop Now

Tell your packaging story with the smallest of shipping accessories. EcoEnclose Recycled Custom Notecards make a big impact by adding a personalized flair to your unboxing experience.

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The Quick Design: Custom Stickers & Product Labels - Shop Now

If you are not ready to custom brand your packaging itself, consider branded stickers and product labels instead. Our Eco-Friendly Zero Waste stickers are delivered on a unique and innovative 100% recycled, curbside recyclable release liner. Pair with an uncoated 100% recycled paper facestock, and you are looking at the world's most sustainable stickers.

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The Informant: Custom Hang Tags - Shop Now

EcoEnclose Recycled Hang Tags are a sustainable solution to add instructions, pricing, or your brand story with a custom design. Pair with our Hemp Twine to round out your eco-friendly labeling.

How to Develop Your Custom Packaging Strategy

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The easiest step is to simply put your logo and tagline on your packaging. This is a solid start, but we strongly recommend going further. Consider your packaging and the entire unboxing experience as a blank canvas. In a world where storytelling is becoming essential to the success of D2C brands, your packaging is the perfect channel through which to tell your brand story.

Put yourself in your customer's shoes and envision them finding your package on their porch, grabbing it, and opening it up. What do you want them to know, learn, feel and experience as they are going through this process? Examples of concepts to include in your packaging design include:

  • Emphasize the sustainability of the packaging, that it is 100% recycled, recyclable and (where relevant) printed with algae inks.
  • Educate your customers as to why your sustainable packaging is important to your brand values.
  • Encourage your customers to properly reuse and then recycle their packaging. If you are shipping poly mailers, promote our Plastic Film Take-Back Program.
  • Share elements of your origin story - why you started your brand and your mission and vision for making the world a better place.
  • Share elements of your supply chain and the journey your products took to be made and arrive at this doorstep.
  • Provide instructions on how to use, maintain and/or properly dispose of your products at the end of life.
  • Give gratitude to your customers for finding you and supporting your small business.
  • Encourage your customers to join your communities and social media channels.

You can achieve some of this through copy and some of it through evocative patterns and designs. And while this may seem daunting, there are quite a few inexpensive design services that can help here! Services like Fiverr.com are a great place to start. If you’re not an expert with Adobe Illustrator, you can hand sketch your custom packaging vision, share it with a reputable designer on Fiverr.com (along with your packaging art specs and requirements) and that designer can create your artwork. When you share your artwork with EcoEnclose, we’ll help you lay it out, correct any issues, and be an overall thought partner in your artwork process.

Custom Packaging for Smaller or Growing Brands

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EcoEnclose is committed to servicing brands of all sizes, including those whose volumes may not allow for an order of 5,000+ units. With this in mind, we’ve developed a post-production custom printing service that utilizes flexographic printing technology, eco-friendly inks and can still work with minimums as low as 500 units. Our post-production printing service supports brands of all sizes, including independent Etsy shops, startups, and fast-growing eCommerce enterprises.

While these smaller, post-production orders have some artwork limitations in terms of the number of colors and art boundaries that can be supported, we find that the final result on these branded mailers and boxes is still absolutely beautiful.

See for yourself - check out post-production custom packaging inspiration.

Custom Packaging for Enterprise Brands

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When you order 5,000+ paper mailers, 5,000+ boxes, or 25,000 or more poly mailers or bubble mailers, your artwork limitations almost disappear entirely.

See for yourself - check out inline custom packaging inspiration.

At this stage, your order is produced “in-line” (meaning your material is printed before it is converted into packaging). Not only do your opportunities for custom sizing, shapes, features, and branding expand significantly, your per-unit costs drop significantly.

Our EcoEnclose representatives will become your EcoAlly, working closely with you through every stage of your packaging decision - choosing the right solutions, deciding how to customize your packaging, submitting your order, managing your lead times and order execution, and helping you troubleshoot any concerns and questions that come up as you transition your operations team to sustainable packaging.

If you are an enterprise brand that ships 1,000 or more orders per week, explore EcoEnterprise to learn about the unique ways in which we can serve your business. If you ship less than 1,000 orders per week, we still have you covered! You can place your orders on our site or if you’d prefer support, contact us anytime.

What To Expect After Your Order is Placed

Ordering custom packaging is quick and easy. Simply upload your artwork, select your quantity, and submit your payment. What happens next?

  1. A real, live human will review and proof your artwork prior to production. Look out for your digital proof within 2 business days after your order is submitted.

  2. Once you review your digital proof, submit any needed edits to your design associate who will then reproof design. We work with you until you are 100% satisfied with your design.

  3. Once you approve your digital proof, your order will be sent to production. Your lead time begins after we receive your digital proof approval. Confirm your lead time here.

  4. Once your order is produced according to its lead time, it will be shipped in accordance to the transit method selected at checkout.

Why Does Custom Packaging Have Minimum Order Quantities?

Great question! Our post-production custom branded mailers have standard minimum order quantities of 500 (or one case, if a case is more than 500). We can often accommodate below minimum orders as low as 250. Our custom branded shipping boxes are available at minimums as low as 100.

We have worked hard to establish minimums for branded packaging that can allow us to serve companies of all shapes, sizes, and missions. However, we also recognize that for some brands, our minimums may still be higher than what they can afford. Why do we have these minimums?

Because custom packaging requires more setup than a stock order. A design representative at EcoEnclose helps develop a proof for you to approve, a printing plate is ordered, and our printing team needs to set up and align your plate, registration, ink, etc. All of this setup takes a fixed amount of time, no matter how large or small the actual order is. A reasonable minimum order quantity ensures that the fixed costs associated with setting up a job are worth it.

Inline custom packaging orders have significantly higher minimum order quantities, ranging from 5,000 to 25,000 or more, depending on what is being printed. There are pros and cons of inline and post-production printing to keep in mind when choosing between the two. Learn More.

What Makes Some Custom Packaging More Sustainable Than Others?

There are a few features that can set sustainable, branded packaging apart from the pack:

Printing Ink

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While there is no ink available today that is 100% free of non-renewable resources or chemicals, we've come a long way since the 1970s when most inks on the market had petroleum-based carriers. These were referred to as "solvent-based inks" which release harsh VOCs into the air.

Look for custom packaging that is printed with water-based inks, which release few or no VOCs, or (if you are printing offset, with soy-based ink).

If you want to take it one step further, consider Algae Ink! We’ve partnered with Living Ink Technologies to offer water-based black algae ink for most of our paper-based products. Instead of petroleum being used as the basis for the black pigment (the vast majority of black printer ink is carbon black, derived from fossil fuels), algae ink's pigment is derived from renewable algae cells.

Design Coverage

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We know that those gorgeous full coverage designs make a great impression. It is also important to remember that ink is a contaminant in the recycling process.

Paper repulping technology can handle ink just fine, but the more ink a substrate has, the harder it is to clean and de-ink in the repulping process. Balancing your desired aesthetics and customer experience with the impact of ink coverage on the end of life of your packaging is an important step.

Coatings and Substrate

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Many brands come to us looking for shiny white boxes that are then printed full coverage. While we can accommodate these requests, we try to avoid them whenever possible. These boxes are made with largely virgin paper and contain a coating that makes the box unrecyclable or very difficult to recycle (depending on the coating). This is part of a broader question to ask of your custom packaging - is the substrate itself 100% recycled (or from sustainable sources), recyclable, and are there any coatings being used that may interfere with the end of life?

Responsible Messaging and Customer Education

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Packaging (and the products being delivered in them) have to be reused or disposed of at the end of their useful life. Using your package to deliver guidance on how to do so is a great use of this real estate. It increases the likelihood that reuse and recycling will happen and - as a bonus - it helps reinforce your brand’s commitment to circularity.

Resources For Your Custom Packaging Journey

Our Resource Center is the place to start when venturing into the world of sustainable packaging. Start here with our featured articles on design, inks, and storytelling via custom printing.