My Top 5 EcoEnclose Holy Grail Products
When I decided to have this business make the switch to 100% eco-friendly packaging, I spent a lot of time doing research on potential products to use. There are a lot of companies out there that make amazing quality materials, but they just weren't the right fit for one
reason or another.
Several had minimum order quantities that were too high for what we needed or they were just simply out of our price range.
Then, I found EcoEnclose and it was like all my problems disappeared. Their minimums are low (for non-customized orders) and so are their prices. Their range of products is enormous and I was honestly a little overwhelmed the first time I visited their site to place an order. We've been using their products now for over six months, so I decided to break own my top five holy grail items that I refuse to depart from. And no, this isn't a sponsored post!
1. Biodegradable Cello Carton Sealing Tape
This is my number 1 product because it's the one I probably use the most. Every package is sealed with it and I use it to wrap individual pieces as well. They make their cello tape using
entirely plant-derived materials and a natural rubber based adhesive.
It's completely and naturally biodegradable, so even if it gets tossed in the trash, it will break down easily and won't harm the planet!
2. We Care Cards
I love using these cards for my packaging. They're such a great way to let your customers know that you use 100% eco-friendly materials and the best part is they're FREE!! That's right, EcoEnclose will send you all the Care cards you could ever need for no cost other than shipping, which is calculated by weight individually for every order. If you don't want to spend a lot of money on extra marketing materials, throw in a pack of these with your next order. They're a great marketing tool for little to no extra cost!
3. Paper Apparel Mailers
These are the mailers we use for the bulk of our orders (large bundles & shoes go in a USPS priority box because we haven't transitioned to custom boxes yet and the USPS ones are at least recyclable). I decided to go with these after going through their recommended supplies for clothing. I love the kraft paper color and they're self-sealing which can make
packaging a breeze! We do choose to add extra tape along the openings though, just for additional security. With four sizes ranging from 7"x9" to 10.5"x4"x19", there's a size for everything from small accessories to small bundles.
4. Clear Flap & Seal Bags (with suffocation warning!)
Every single piece of clothing and every shoe gets put in one of these bags for protection during shipment. Since we choose to ship most of our packages using the paper apparel mailers, it's important that we have an extra layer to provide protection from water damage and the elements. We also make sure to get the ones with the suffocation warning on them because safety first of course!
5. 100% Recycled Office Paper
Last but definitely not least, we really like to use their 100% recycled office paper for printing. It's great quality and has an awesome natural look, and of course it's eco-friendly! If you do a lot of printing, or any in general to be honest, I highly recommend checking out their office paper, notecards, and envelopes to make the switch to more sustainable materials.
There are a few products that we use or have tried that didn't make the list but still deserve a shoutout! The first is the 100% Recycled Polymailers, which are a great, waterproof option if you like to use polymailers for your shipments. We recently ordered their hemp twine to try as well. It's made from 100% natural hemp, but it is a little stiff and that's why it didn't quite make the top five. There's also several other decorative packaging elements such as tissue paper, packaging paper, and GreenWrap, if you're in to making your packaging extra special!
What I really love about EcoEnclose is that everything is 100% recycled and recyclable, meaning it's made from recycled materials and can be recycled after it's used! So often we see products that can be recycled but haven't been made sustainably, or the reverse. I've also seen many compostable mailers that can be broken down through the composting process, but aren't necessarily recyclable. Compostable products are a great step towards a sustainable world, but that isn't something that is accessible for the majority yet. Most people have the ability to recycle at home or work, so recyclable materials give a better opportunity to have those products be disposed of sustainably.
EcoEnclose has a lot of really great and affordable options for eco-friendly packaging and we've loved using their materials so far.
If you already pay for shipping supplies and aren't using eco-friendly supplies, consider making the switch to some of the options listed above! If you're not paying for supplies already, there are so many easy ways to start incorporating sustainable supplies for little to no cost, so let me know if you'd like a post dedicated to some of those ideas. If we all start making conscious choices to use sustainable practices in our businesses, we'll be able to make real progress to protect our planet!