Kraft Mailer Lite

An extra lightweight version of our standard kraft mailer. Plastic-free and naturally biodegradable, our kraft mailer lite is an ideal shipping solution for lightweight apparel and textiles.

lightweight kraft paper mailer
Recycled Content

Recycled Content

Fibers made with 100% recycled content. May also include additives, adhesives, and ink.

PCW Content

PCW Content

Made with 90% post-consumer waste that has been diverted from landfills.



High recycled content and can be readily recycled into a useful product in its next life.



Paper fibers do not contain added synthetic polymers. May include synthetic adhesives.

Curbside Recyclable

Curbside Recyclable

Commonly accepted in most curbside recycling programs across the US.

Made in USA

Made in USA

Utilizes local recycled inputs, transparent supply chain, lower transportation footprint.

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2-4 Units
= 2% Savings
5-9 Units
= 5% Savings
10-14 Units
= 10% Savings
15+ Units
Material 100% recycled kraft paper linerboard
Recycled Content 100% recycled kraft paper fiber
90% post-consumer waste paper fiber
Thickness 78# basis weight
Material Features Tamper-evident
Functionality Self-seal adhesive closure
End-of-Life Curbside recyclable with paper
Naturally biodegradable
Origin Made in USA
Mailer Color Natural kraft
Print Color Pantone Color Matching System (PMS)
Ink Type HydroSoy Ink or Black Algae Ink
Print Process Flexographic
Print Option Post-production: 1-sided, 1-color
Inline: edge-to-edge printing, 2 print colors, and more - request quote
Frequently Asked Questions

What are the differences between EcoEnclose’s kraft mailer lite and kraft mailer?

Important! Whether you are an existing customer of our standard kraft mailer, or are new two our entire kraft mailer line, if you are considering our kraft mailer lite we highly recommend ordering free samples to test this mailer type before purchasing in bulk.

Our kraft mailer lite has a continuous one-piece construction, a lighter basis weight, uses less material, and is less expensive than our standard kraft mailer. Therefore, when compared to our standard kraft mailer, our kraft mailer lite has a smaller environmental footprint and may lower shipping costs to your customers.

When should I choose the kraft mailer lite?

Our kraft mailer lite is available in large sizes and is a good solution for lightweight, bulky products, including soft goods such as apparel.

It’s an environmental and financial win if you can successfully ship your goods in our kraft mailer lite, so we encourage you to test this latest addition to our mailer line. We highly recommend performing a shipping test to ensure it’s a strong enough solution for your product. If your product is heavy or has pointy edges, our standard kraft mailer or EcoX mailer may be required.

When should I use a kraft mailer versus other paper mailers?

EcoEnclose offers seven paper mailers. All are 100% recycled, manufactured in the USA, and curbside recyclable, but each serves a unique purpose. Our paper mailer guide provides a detailed overview of each mailer and its ideal use case.

Our kraft mailer, kraft mailer lite, EcoX mailer, and apparel mailer are specifically designed for shipping apparel and other soft goods. All are great alternatives to poly mailers for brands looking for sustainable packaging and focused on going plastic-free. Our paper mailers for apparel guide dives deeper into these four mailers.

What is the difference between these mailers? In short:

  • Kraft Mailer Lite are our basic economy option made with our thinnest paper and have 90% post-consumer waste. These mailers work well for lightweight apparel, but we recommend testing samples before ordering in bulk.
  • Kraft Mailer are our economy option made with a thicker paper than our lite version and have 90% post-consumer waste. These mailers work in most apparel and textile situations.
  • EcoX Mailer are our mid-range value option. They are made with slightly thicker paper (11pt) and less post-consumer waste (70%), making them more durable and puncture-resistant. These are great for brands that have tried Kraft Mailers but need a stronger, cost-effective mailer.
  • Apparel Mailer are our premium option. Its thicker paper (15-18pt), unique stay-flat design, and high post-consumer waste content (97%) create a high-quality, luxury delivery experience.

What are gussets, and when should I use a gusseted mailer?

Gussets are part of a bag or packaging folded back in on itself. Typically these gussets expand to give the bag greater carrying volume. For example, a traditional paper shopping bag is gusseted on the bottom and the sides giving it a cube shape once fully expanded.

Our kraft mailer lite is gusseted on the side, so while they are flat when you receive them, they expand when you put products in them. Gussets serve two primary purposes for our brands:

  • Improved fulfillment speed because of how much easier it is to put products in a bag that can expand
  • Increased bulkiness and depth of product that can be packaged

While gussets have a lot of benefits, beware of one crucial pitfall. Don’t assume that a mailer can be stuffed to capacity simply because it is gusseted. If there is too much weight and tension on the gussets, this feature can increase the mailer’s likelihood of failing.

In general, if a flat mailer works well for you, choose it because it uses less material and tends to have lower damage rates. However, if you require a gusseted mailer's speed, efficiency, or volume, avoid overfilling and run a dozen or so ship tests before transitioning to this solution.

Should I use plastic or paper mailers to ship apparel?

It depends - recycled poly mailers have a lower carbon footprint than paper and are much more cost-effective. However, recycled paper mailers are curbside recyclable, making them more likely to be recycled at the end of their useful life. Additionally, paper is a naturally biodegradable material, meaning these mailers will not contribute to ocean plastic pollution.

Learn more: Paper vs. Plastic: Which Should I Use For My Packaging?