An Alternative

An Alternative
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.


  1. Reply
    Jacquie June 12, 2009

    I was very impressed with the envelope. Looks great AND is good for the environment.

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    Jenny June 12, 2009

    I think this is a brilliant idea…I shall tuck it away for the future. Thanks for sharing!

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    jessica June 13, 2009

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! Next thing I have to mail is going out in a package like that.

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    Harmony June 13, 2009

    LOVE IT!!!

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    Ali June 13, 2009

    I love this idea! I’ve recently started doing this myself – for exactly the same reasons; ran out of bubble envelopes, hated the waste and cost of them anyway, and had a lot of paper bags lying around.
    Folding them up into envelopes works quite well and I’ve found them quite strong too. I hadn’t thought of sewing them up though – that looks really nice!

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    Rebecca June 15, 2009

    Thanks for the link to these, what a great idea!

    Love your blog too.

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    grace June 30, 2009

    Great great idea. I will have to try that. Have enjoyed checking in with your blog since the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day.

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