Which Paper Mailer Is Right For Your Business?

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EcoEnclose now offers FIVE different types of paper-based mailers (in addition to our 100% recycled poly mailers and poly bubble mailers). All of these paper mailers are 100% recycled, curbside recyclable and naturally biodegradable. All are a good fit for a plastic-free shipping strategy. All of them come in a variety of different sizes.

So why do we offer so many!?

Read on to learn how they compare and see if one is the right shipping solution for your business.

Kraft Mailers: The most versatile of our paper-based shipper bags, these mailers are made with 100% recycled 105# kraft paper (an equivalent of 10 pt thickness). We offer this mailer in seven different sizes, including two that are gusseted on the side for increased expansion.

Paper Apparel Mailers: Our newest addition! These mailers were designed to be a strong, sturdy alternative to poly mailers for shipping apparel and bulky outdoor gear. They are made with 15 pt (our largest size is even thicker at 18 pt) paperboard and feature top and bottom creasing for easy expansion. We offer this mailer in four sizes, and the largest is gusseted so it can fit backpacks, jackets and other thick apparel.

Padded Mailers: These cushioned mailers are so unique! Each side of the mailer is made with two sheets of kraft paper that sandwich shreds of recycled paper. This padding gives it structure and provides a layer of protection for whatever you are shipping. We offer this mailer in three different sizes.

Self-Sealing Rigid Mailers: These mailers are made with 28 pt paperboard and are designed to stay flat and unbent in transit, and are a great solution for shipping prints, photos and other art.

Tab Locking Rigid Mailers: Our toughest paper mailers! These incredibly sturdy mailers are constructed with 36 pt paper board, and are sure to resist bending or crushing in transit. They are ideal for flat items, and can expand slightly to fit books and prints. Because of the paperboard thickness, these mailers do not self-seal (self-sealing adhesive is not strong enough to keep these babies closed!), and need to be shut with glue or packaging tape.

Summary of Attributes: Find the Right Mailer For Your Business

Mailer Type Eco Attributes Construction and Thickness Size Options Good For

Kraft Mailers

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100% Recycled, 90% PCW, Curbside Recyclable, Naturally Biodegradable and Compostable. Constructed with Paper from FSC chain of custody certified mills.

105# Kraft Paper (equivalent to 10 pts).

Our thinnest and most versatile paper mailer option.

Self-sealing

Gusseted:

10.5 x 3.75 x 19"

6 x 2.5 x 12"

Non Gusseted

6 x 10"

8.5 x 12"

9.5 x 14.5"

10.5 x 16"

12.5 x 19"

Apparel

Accessories

Wallets

Cloth Diapers

Yarn

Some Jewelry

Paper Apparel Mailers

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100% Recycled, 90% PCW, Curbside Recyclable, Naturally Biodegradable and Compostable. Constructed with Paper from FSC chain of custody certified mills.

15 pt paperboard, largest mailer size is made with even sturdier 18 pt paperboard

Features top and bottom creasing for smooth and easy expansion

Largest side is gusseted for even more flexibility and expansion.

Self-sealing

Non Gusseted:

7x9"

10x13"

12x15.5"

Gusseted:

10.5" x 4" x 19"

Apparel

Multiple articles of clothing in one shipment

Jackets

Blankets

Sheets

Purses

Padded Mailers

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100% Recycled, 25% PCW, Curbside Recyclable, Naturally Biodegradable and Compostable. SFI Certified. Cushioned mailer, made with shreds of recycled paper sandwiched between two layers of kraft paper.

6x9"

8.5x11"

10.5x15”

Small health and beauty products - essential oils, small lotions, perfumes, etc

Soap

Sunglasses

Jewelry

Some apparel (smaller sized)

Self-Sealing Rigid Mailers

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100% Recycled, 90% PCW, Curbside Recyclable, Naturally Biodegradable and Compostable. Constructed with Paper from FSC chain of custody certified mills.

28 pt paperboard

Self-sealing

6x8”

9x11.5”

11x13.5”

Prints Greeting Cards Wallets Stacks of documents

Tab Locking Rigid Mailers

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100% Recycled, 90% PCW, Curbside Recyclable, Naturally Biodegradable and Compostable. Constructed with Paper from FSC chain of custody certified mills.

36 pt paperboard

Features top and bottom creasing that allows for some expansion

Self-sealing

6x8”

9x11.5”

11x13.5”

Prints Greeting Cards Books Stacks of documents

We know it is hard to make decisions from an article alone!

That’s why we offer FREE SAMPLES - so you can touch, feel and test different mailers before deciding!Click here to order individual samples of mailers in the specific sizes you need. Or check out our mailer sample pack to see all of our mailer options.

Looking for custom branded packaging? Look no further! All of these paper mailers can be custom branded starting at just 500 units for most SKUs.

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Finally, we know that some businesses might be wondering if they should consider a shipping box instead of a paper mailer. Great question!

Shipping boxes are more expensive, space intensive for storage, and more operationally complex (because you have to assemble and tape boxes when you fulfill orders). However, in some situations, shipping boxes truly are the most functional and most stylish packaging solution. Shipping boxes work particularly well for:

  • Bulky items or products with a height, depth and length over 2”
  • Companies shipping multiple products at a time
  • Monthly subscription services
  • Fragile items
  • Companies focused on the exceptional presentation and branding
  • Oddly shaped items

We offer custom sized shipping boxes in a variety of styles - including tab locking boxes, literature mailers, and OPFs. So if you find that a mailer doesn’t work for you, order samples of shipping boxes instead.

Still not sure where to go from here? Call, chat or email us and we’d love to help you find the best packaging solution for your business!

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