Just before mailing out the May Giveaway Day bag, I realized I was all out of bubble mailers large enough. Normally I buy them on eBay but there was no way I could get them in time. And I hated the idea of spending a lot for ones you can buy in Staples or even the grocery store. So, with a little inspiration from Crafting a Green World’s Eco Packaging Handmade for You series, a couple brown paper bags and a little time, I made my own. Granted they aren’t *bubble* mailers anymore—but this is a great thing because the *bubble* aspect of the bubble mailers is what makes them hard to recycle–kind of like juice boxes.
I’ve wanted to change my packaging for quite a while now but couldn’t find or think of anything that would work as well as the mailers I got for cheap on eBay. There are eco-friendly bubble mailers out there and that’s a great option, but a bit too harsh on the bank for me and my customers. I thought of switching over to using only Priority Mail supplies because they are free and either a cardboard or Tyvek and therefore both recyclable, but again that would be a huge spike in shipping costs for such lightweight items.
So once my bubble mailers are officially gone they are gone and I’ll switch over to handmade kraft paper envelopes from then on—nicer on the earth and easily recyclable with mixed papers.