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Ultimate Guide To Poly Mailers

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Welcome to the world of eco-friendly poly mailers, the optimal solution for businesses seeking sustainable shipping options for their soft goods. In the realm of eco-conscious packaging, these plastic envelopes take center stage.

EnviroPackaging stands out as a top choice for customers across diverse industries, from apparel and cosmetics to health and beauty products, small electronics, jewelry, vitamins, and beyond. When you prioritize sustainability in your packaging choices, choosing the right supplier can be a crucial decision. Let’s explore comprehensive insights into poly mailers for key consideration factors to guide you in collaborating with a trusted poly mailer distributor.

What is a Poly Mailer?

A poly mailer is a mailing envelope made from plastic. It’s extremely thin and flat, and most often used to ship apparel and other soft goods like socks, clothes, and fabrics. Also referred to as “mailing bags,” poly mailers are one of the most cost-effective methods of shipping soft goods. 

At first glance, poly mailers might all seem the same, but they’re very different. Available in different sizes, thicknesses, colors, and textures, the types of this mailer include virgin, 100% recycled, and bioplastic poly mailers. Tear- and puncture-resistant, EnviroPackaging poly mailers are made from Polyethylene (PE) or Polypropylene (PP) materials.

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Poly mailers are essential for businesses and individuals who want a versatile shipping medium. They’re lightweight, take up minimal space, and can save you significantly on shipping costs.

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Types of Poly Mailers

There are three types of poly mailers most favored on the market:

  • Virgin
  • 100% recycled
  • Bioplastic

Virgin poly mailers are made with virgin petro-based polymers (LDPE) and are not made with any pre- or post-recycled consumer materials. They are recyclable after use but are not compostable. 

However, out of the three option types, virgin poly mailers have the highest carbon impact. If sustainability is an integral part of your business model, virgin poly mailers would not be the best option.

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100% recycled poly mailers are made with recycled material from post-consumer waste to divert waste from landfills and conserve resources. These reusable, multi-use mailers are recyclable and just as durable as other poly mailers and result in the lowest environmental harm.

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Bioplastics are created with a combination of corn-based and petro-based polymers. Bioplastics are not recyclable and are meant to biodegrade. However, unless they are exposed to the right conditions (such as in a composting facility), they don’t degrade well or quickly. This is a problem, as most people don’t have access to a composting facility for these materials to be taken. While great in theory, bioplastics in practice have created their own set of problems.

Bioplastics are made from corn- and petro-based polymers

Of these popular options, EnviroPackaging highly recommends 100% recycled poly mailers for your business and shipping needs.

Choosing the Right Poly Mailer

Poly mailers made from polyethylene are most often used to ship smaller items and are available in a variety of colors. With durable construction, polyethylene mailers protect your items during transit to your customers.

When choosing a poly mailer, always keep in mind the size and weight of the item you want to ship. Choose a mailer that’s the right color for your brand. Poly mailers are an eco-friendly alternative to traditional packaging options and can help you reduce your carbon footprint.

Array of Customizable Poly Mailers

How to Choose the Best Size

We stock eight different sizes of white poly mailers and six different sizes of gray poly mailers. We’re confident you’ll find the right size to work beautifully for your business. 

Our smallest poly mailer size is 6 x 9 polymer, and it’s ideal for shipping baby clothing, socks, or an extra small t-shirt. Our largest size is 24 x 24 and an excellent choice to ship blankets, large jackets, and small pillows fit well in this size.

Because we carry several other poly mailer sizes, we encourage you to learn more so you can find the right size mailer for the products you’re shipping. A good rule of thumb is to lay out your items, measure around them, and select a poly mailer based on those measurements.

Benefits of Poly Mailers

There are many advantages of using poly mailers for shipping your products to customers:

  • Protective Very strong and shields products from damage during transit.
  • Compact – Lightweight and small to help keep shipping costs down.
  • Convenient – Tear stripe makes it easy to open a package after it’s delivered.
  • Recyclable – Aligns with customer values and minimizes carbon footprint.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I order samples?

A: Choosing a mailer that best reflects your business can be a process. We provide poly mailer samples and allow you to choose up to five items, enabling you to assess whether our quality meets your standards. The best part? Our samples are free of charge and sent to you 24 – 48 hours after placing an order.

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Which items should NOT be shipped in a poly mailer?

Poly mailers aren’t well-suited for fragile or bulky items that may need extra space or cushioning during transit. To pair with your poly mailer, your best options are shipping boxes, bubble mailers, or protective packaging.

How do I customize my mailer?

If you know the benefits of customizing your shipping materials and would like to begin your customization process, we guide you step by step. For help with your custom request, contact us; we’re always happy to help!

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