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Innovators in Eco-Friendly Packaging and Shipping Supplies

Tissue Paper

Add 100% recycled tissue paper to your eco-friendly boxing experience to enhance your parcel's presentation and increase perceived value, which translate to more referrals and repeat business. Our FSC-certified tissue is proudly made with 100% recycled content and 20% post-consumer waste. It is minimally printed with Algae Ink™ or water-based inks, and has no glitter or plastics, making it a friendly addition to the recycling or compost bin.

FEATURES

  • 100% recycled content, 20% PCW
  • FSC Certified
  • PCF Processed Chlorine Free
  • Neutral PH (anti-tarnish)
  • 10 lb basis weight (17 gsm)
  • 20 x 30" (plain) 19.5 x 30" (printed)

CUSTOM TISSUE PAPER

Create an exceptional customer experience with custom tissue paper. Add your unique branding starting at 10 cases. Read our art specifications and order below.

Do you ship 1,000+ orders per week? Work with us on unique, high-volume projects. Request a quote.

BUY MORE, SAVE MORE

  • 2-4 Units = 2% Savings
  • 5-9 Units = 5% Savings
  • 10-14 Units = 10% Savings
  • 15-24 Units = 15% Savings
  • 25+ Units = Request Quote

PROTECTIVE PACKAGING SOLUTIONS

Debating between tissue paper, ornament paper shred, packing paper, and our other protective packaging? Read our Definitive Guide to Protective Packaging to find out which is the right solution for your business.


Frequently Asked Questions

What Makes Tissue Paper Eco-Friendly?

A web search for “sustainable tissue paper” results in many options and definitions. Unfortunately, we believe many companies pushing their tissue options as eco-friendly are greenwashing, simply trying to paint their offering as sustainable even though they could - and should - be doing better. For example, you’ll frequently find tissue purporting to be “sustainable” only to discover that they are 100% virgin, digitally printed, or made in nontransparent manufacturing operations.

For tissue to be truly eco-friendly, we believe it should build as closely as possible to our Sustainable Packaging Framework.

100% Recycled Content:

Seek tissue made with 100% recycled paper fibers and as much post-consumer waste as possible. Goods made with recycled content use less energy and water and create less pollution than virgin counterparts. Buying goods made with recycled content makes it possible for us and the businesses that serve us to recycle.

EcoEnclose tissue is made with 100% recycled paper fibers and 20% post-consumer waste.

Learn More: Why Our Tissue is 100% Recycled

Recyclable:

Seek tissue that is recyclable at end-of-life. Recycling enables the raw materials to be used again and keeps goods out of the landfill. Tissue is recyclable when facilities accept it, and compostable for the small group of waste management providers that ask you to compost rather than recycle it. Ensure your tissue is free of glitter, foils, and other non-paper additions to keep our recycling and composting streams clean.

EcoEnclose tissue is free of all plastic, foil, glitter, and other additives that can contaminate recyclers and composters.

Learn More: Should I Recycle or Compost Tissue Paper?

Processed Chlorine-Free:

Seek tissue that is processed without bleach, chlorine, chlorine derivatives and is either not re-bleached or bleached with an oxygen-based system.

Until 30 years ago, paper mills used elemental chlorine to bleach pulp. When that chlorine combined with the lignins, it produced furans and dioxin (a carcinogen) that ended up in wastewater. The EPA then established requirements for paper mills requiring them to phase out elemental chlorine. Most mills now use chlorine dioxide, which produces fewer dioxins. The idea of paper produced “ECF” or elemental chlorine-free is a standard that is relevant only for virgin paper. Unfortunately, no paper mills in the US are currently able to eliminate chlorine from their bleaching process.

EcoEnclose tissue is "PCF" or processed chlorine-free. The concept of PCF applies to recycled paper; the process uses peroxide, oxygen, or ozone (and no chlorine) to bleach the recycled pulp. While not all paper needs bleaching, any white or light paper does, so we are proud that our tissue paper is 100% recycled and PCF.

Printed With Minimal Ink:

Seek tissue with relatively low ink coverage and water- or soy-based inks. When ink coverage is high, or the entire sheet is dyed a different color, these pigments can contaminate recycling and composting. Avoid digitally printed tissue as this is often printed with toner that contain plastics.

EcoEnclose tissue is printed with water-based ink at low ink coverages to ensure clean recycling and compost streams. We are also actively exploring next-generation Algae Ink!

Learn More: What is the Most Sustainable Ink?

Transparent Supply Chain:

Seek domestically-made tissue with transparent manufacturing processes. Like all packaging, it is often produced overseas, in manufacturing facilities that provide little transparency into labor conditions, ethics, and environmental processes. It's production is water and heat-intensive and can be challenging for workers, so this level of clarity is critical.

EcoEnclose tissue is proudly made in the USA in a facility we have visited ourselves.

Learn More: Why We Prioritize Domestic Manufacturing

A Note on FSC Certification: Some companies may focus on FSC-certification. While we agree that FSC-certified paper is far better than virgin paper from unknown sources, it is much better to focus on 100% recycled from an environmental stance. FSC-certified paper can come directly from a tree (potentially from ancient and endangered forests) whose stored carbon is released into the environment when cut down. EcoEnclose tissue is FSC-certified; however, it comes from 100% recycled inputs.

Choosing Your Ideal Tissue Paper

All of our tissue is made with 100% recycled, made in the USA, and use water-based inks when printed. Choose your best option based on your budget, desired minimum order quantity, and commitment to eco-friendly inks. Also learn why we currently do not offer colored or digitally printed tissue.

Regardless of whether or not you choose custom branding, tissue adds a level of sophistication and luxury to the unboxing experience. A Package inSight study showed that 76% of respondents are likelier to recommend a brand that wraps package contents in tissue. However, we know that custom tissue paper, branded with your logo or design, can take that further. That same study showed:

  • Items wrapped in decorative tissue inside a package were valued 24% higher than the same items packaged with traditional void fill.
  • 77% of participants felt joy or surprise at the sight of branded tissue.
  • 86% of participants reported that their impression of a brand was improved when packaged with branded tissue.
White Tissue Paper

Plain white with no print offers a clean and crisp aesthetic. The 10# paper weight is thin, pliable, semi-translucent, and stylishly dotted with darker specs which draws attention to the recycled content.

1 ream minimum, ships in 1-2 business days

Kraft Tissue Paper

Plain Kraft with no print offers a clean and crisp aesthetic. The 10# paper weight is thin, pliable, semi-translucent, and stylishly dotted with darker specs which draws attention to the recycled content.

1 ream minimum, ships in 1-2 business days

Eco-Designed

Stock designs spruce up your packaging quickly at a low price. All are printed flexographically with water-based inks in low-coverage designs to meet our sustainability standards.

1 ream minimum, ships in 1-2 business days

Custom Branded

Custom brand with your unique design. Choose from white or Kraft tissue and 1- or 2-color prints. All are printed flexographically with water-based inks in low-coverage designs to meet our sustainability standards.

10 ream minimum, ship time varies

digitally printed tissue paper
Digitally Printed

Digital printing has hit the market; however, we have chosen not to print our tissue digitally at this time. This tissue is often printed with toner ink, an ink type that contains polymers (plastic) that adhere to the substrate. While digitally printed tissue can be printed at much lower minimum order quantities, the downside is that your tissue contains tiny plastic particles. These particles are fine for recycling at low ink coverages, but we hate the thought of this getting composted and leaching into our soils.

colored tissue paper
Colored

Tissue is often found in a countless variety of colors. However, we've chosen to only offer white and Kraft at this time. Yes, solid vibrant colors looks great and makes a lovely addition to packaging or gift bags. However, these solutions aren’t as sustainable for end-of-life. Tissue needs to be recycled or composted, so high levels of ink and pigment pose challenges to paper repulpers and brings pigment contamination into the compost, which eventually becomes part of our soils.

Additional Questions

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What is tissue paper?

Tissue is an extremely lightweight paper that is slightly translucent and extremely pliable. Because it is lightly calendared, it does not contain the “fuzz” that some types of paper give off, making it a great internal wrapping solution to protect items from dust and scuffs.

Tissue is also aesthetically pleasing - whether it is white, Kraft, or custom printed - making it a great choice to add a personal and stylish touch to a gift or shipment.

But first, what makes tissue different from standard paper or packaging paper? This is largely due to the way it is manufactured, which allows for the paper to be so thin and so smooth. Tissue is produced on a unique paper machine fitted with a Yankee cylinder. The Yankee cylinder is sprayed with adhesive to make the paper stick to it. A doctor’s blade then scrapes the dry paper off. The thinness, creping and wet strength of tissue is controlled by the amount and strength of adhesive, the pulp used, additives that are put into the pulp, the speed at which the machine is being run, and the shape and size of the doctor’s blade.

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When do I use tissue paper? When do I explore other protective packaging solutions?

There are many ways to use tissue in your shipments! For non-fragile items that need dust protection and packaging pizazz, here are some use case ideas to get you started:

  • Wrap items in sheets of tissue, including books, prints, apparel, accessories, and jewelry.
  • Create a decorative “nest” out of tissue in a box to lay your products on.
  • Fold tissue over your prints and photos.
  • Bring a decorative touch to retail and gift bags by filling space with tissue.

When designing your packaging strategy and how you plan to incorporate tissue into it, think about how your customer will receive and open the package. How can you use tissue to create a fun, anticipatory unwrapping experience?

It is critical to note that tissue is not a damage protection solution. It would be best if you used it for decorative purposes, dust protection, and scuff protection. It does not serve as a void fill or dunnage and won’t protect fragile items from breaking. If you are looking to fill spaces in your box or protect fragile items, look for other eco-friendly protective packaging solutions, including:

Ornament Paper Shred

Made by slitting rolls of indented Kraft paper, Ornament Paper Shred results in a beautiful decorative paper that can be used to create a nest in a box or bag. If you use tissue as a bed within a box or bag, we encourage you to check out ornament paper shred as well, in case it works better for your needs or is more aesthetically pleasing for you and better matches your packaging vision.

Packaging Paper

A traditional void fill that is balled or crinkled up to fill space in a shipping box. Also used to wrap products for some protection and presentation. We recommend rolls simply because they help you use only the amount of paper you need at any given time, which is good for the environment and your bottom line. There are quite a few types of packing paper, with different thicknesses, textures, colors, and moldability. We at EcoEnclose offer five different types.

Corrugated Bubble

Sheets of shredded corrugated that can be wrapped around items or rolled up and used to fill empty spaces. If you’re consistently packaging the same product, these can be cut to a specific size, eliminating the need to tear paper or cut bubble wrap.

GreenWrap

This wonderful product can be molded around items to provide cushioning and padded protection. Imagine bubble wrap but in paper instead of plastic. Being paper-based, it is naturally biodegradable, compostable, and fully recyclable. The GreenWrap we sell is also made from certified sustainable sourced paper – Bonus!

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What shipping accessories should I consider?

While tissue can easily stand alone as the only shipping accessory you need, we often see companies adding beautiful finishing touches.

Renewable Hemp Twine

Hemp Twine can be used to tie your tissue. Hemp twine is a natural fiber and is naturally biodegradable, and gives a rustic and creative finish to your packaging.

Recycled Custom Notecards

Many of our customers also use Custom Notecards, placing their notecards on top of their tissue for a true “gift” feel for their customers.

Zero Waste Custom Stickers

A sticker is a stylish way to seal tissue and add a brand touch to your packaging without the cost or minimums of custom tissue. Shop our eco-friendly 100% recycled paper stickers on our unique Zero Waste liner.

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Should I recycle or compost my tissue paper?

Most tissue on the market (including ours) is labeled as recyclable. We are very transparent that the end-of-life of tissue, unlike other paper-based packaging, depends mainly on the rules of a person’s local recyclers. However, for a municipality or waste management provider to accept an item for recycling, the provider must have the infrastructure to sort the material and profitable markets to sell to.

Tissue is relatively low grade and isn’t always easy for recyclers to find buyers willing to pay for it. Additionally, it is difficult for recyclers to sort without the correct machinery. Because of this, some recyclers don’t accept it (even if it is labeled as recyclable), and some of these operations ask that you compost your it instead - if your municipality has a composting service that can accept it.

Learn More: Should I Recycle or Compost My Tissue Paper?