SHIPPING MATERIALS




Green Cell Foam packing material
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Green Cell Foam:
Packing Material


greencellfoam.com


Goodbye, styrofoam. Green Cell Foam’s certified compostable packing material protects goods just as styrofoam does, but is made from non-GMO corn grown in the USA. We recommend their standard Green Cell Foam over Green Cell Plus, given the challenges of recycling #4 plastic film.

Oh, and did we mention it’s water soluble? Watch it magically disappear in your sink.

Qualities: Compostable, Non-GMO, Water Soluble
Manufactured: USA
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Green Cell Foam




SHIPPING MATERIALS


Packaging for the packaging: it’s kind of weird, right?

Shipping materials are an inevitable part of our modern, online-shopping culture, so we’ve rounded up a variety of options, emphasis given to high percentage post-consumer content and compostability.




1.

Better Packaging: 
Soft Mailers & Garment Bags


betterpackaging.com
Australia-based Better Packaging offers a home compostable soft mailer. While the material is partially made with PBAT (polybutylene adipate terephthalate), a fossil fuel derivative, it is an improvement to the standard poly bag. Custom branding is available.

Qualities: Compostable, Home Compostable, Non-GMO
Manufactured: China
Better Packagings compostable soft mailers



2.

EcoEnclose: 
Mailers, Boxes, Labels & more


ecoenclose.com
Not only is EcoEnclose a great resource for packing and shipping needs, they also offer a wealth of information on sustainable packaging in their Eco Resource Center. You can see just how much thought is given to their products: 100% recycled mailers, 95% PCW boxes, 100% recycled packing paper, and more. Custom branding is available.

Qualities: Compostable (some), Recyclable (some), Recycled (some)
Manufactured: USA
EcoEnclose sustainable shipping box



3.

Ecovative:
Packing Material


mushroompackaging.com
Made from mycelium and the agricultural byproduct of hemp, Ecovative’s mushroom packaging offers an alternative to styrofoam that is strong, lightweight, water resistant, and home compostable. Ecovative offers both stock and custom options.

Qualities: Compostable, Cradle to Cradle, Non-tree Biomass
Manufactured: USA
Ecovative compostable mushroom packing material



4.

ExpandOS:
Packing Material


expandos.com
ExpandOS paper pyramids provide a recyclable alternative to styrofoam padding. They can be custom branded, as well.
Qualities: Recyclable
Manufactured: USA
ExpandOS sustainable packing material



5.

Flexi-Hex:
Protective Wrap for Bottles


flexi-hex.com
Flexi-Hex offers sleek packing sleeves to protect bottles when shipped. These sleeves are made with over 85% recycled content and can be custom branded. While Flexi-hex is based in the UK, they have distributors worldwide.

Qualities: Recyclable, Recycled
Manufactured: China
Flexi-Hex sustainable protective wrap for bottles



6.

Grounded Packaging: 
Soft Mailer


groundedpackaging.co
Australia-based Grounded offers custom-sized and printed soft mailers. As a whole, their packaging is primarily made with cellulose from eucalyptus, cassava starch, and non-GMO corn.

Qualities: Compostable, Home Compostable (some), Non-GMO (some), Non-tree Biomass (some)
Manufactured: Varies but primarily Germany, Turkey, Malaysia, and China
Grounded Packaging soft mailer



7.

KROWN.bio:
Packing Material


krown.bio
KROWN.bio brings Ecovative’s Mushroom Packaging to Europe. Made from mycelium and the agricultural byproduct of hemp, mushroom packaging offers an alternative to styrofoam that is strong, lightweight, water resistant, and home compostable.

Qualities: Compostable, Cradle to Cradle, Non-tree Biomass
Manufactured: Netherlands
KROWN.bio compostable mycelium packing material



8.

LimeLoop:
Reusable Shippers


thelimeloop.com
LimeLoop’s reusable shippers are made of upcycled billboard vinyl and lined with recycled cotton. Simply mail your customer’s order in a LimeLoop shipper and ask that they return it using a prepaid label. LimeLoop is currently only available in the U.S.

Qualities: Recycled, Reusable
Manufactured: China
LimeLoop reusable shippers



9.

Lumi:
Mailers, Boxes, Tape & more


lumi.com
Lumi is a full-service supply chain and packaging platform, offering everything from sourcing to logistics management. For businesses wanting to prioritize sustainability with their packaging, Lumi also provides guidance and resources. Lumi ID uses a QR code to link physical packaging to real-time digital information, such as directions on how to sustainably dispose of packaging by zip code.

Qualities: Compostable (some), FSC Certified (some), PCW (some), Recyclable (some)
Manufactured: USA & China
Lumi: Shipping boxes



10.

Nagel Paper:
Tubes, Cans & Cores


nagelpaper.com
Nagel Paper offers packaging and shipping materials made in the USA. In addition to cardboard cans, edge protectors, and tubes, they also offer the relatively harder-to-find tube end cap that is made of paper too. Custom dimensions and builds available.

Qualities: Compostable (most), PCW (most), Recyclable (most)
Manufactured: USA
Nagel Paper sustainable packing material



11.

Noissue: 
Soft Mailers


noissue.co
Noissue offers a home compostable alternative to the standard poly bag. While the material is partially made with PBAT (polybutylene adipate terephthalate), a fossil fuel derivative, it is an improvement to the standard poly bag. Custom branding is available.

Qualities: Compostable, Home Compostable
Manufactured: USA & Hong Kong
Noissue compostable soft mailers



12.

Packlane:
Econoflex


packlane.com
Packlane Econoflex shipping boxes are made from from 100% recycled and recyclable materials. All corrugated and paper-based materials are sourced from within North America with the highest percentage of recycled content whenever possible. Custom printing available on stock sizes, as well as custom inserts.

Qualities: Compostable, PCW, Recyclable, Recycled
Manufactured: USA
Packlane Econoflex shipping boxes



13.

Periwrap: 
Insulation for Perishables


peri-wrap.com
PeriWrap specializes in padding and insulation. While we can’t recommend all of their products, due to the challenges of disposing #4 plastics, their Rigid Earth Friendly Insulation is made of recycled denim and cotton and is curbside compostable. This protective padding can be inserted into a standard shipping box.

Qualities: Compostable (some), Recyclable (some), Recycled (some)
Manufactured: USA



14.

Pure Labels: 
Shipping Labels


purelabels.com
If you’re using a compostable mailer, you’ll need a compostable shipping label. Pure offers a variety of options in sheets and rolls.

Qualities: Compostable, FSC Certified (some), Non-tree Biomass (some)
Manufactured: USA
Pure Labels compostable shipping labels



15.

RePack:
Reusable Shippers


originalrepack.com
RePack’s durable, recycled mailers are created for reuse. Simply mail your customer’s orders in a RePack mailer and ask that they send the empty mailer back free of charge. RePack is available in Europe and North America.

Qualities: Recycled, Reusable
Manufactured: Asia
RePack recycled and reusable mailers



16.

Returnity:
Reusable Shippers


returnity.co
Returnity offers on-demand manufacturing for custom-designed, reusable shipping bags and boxes made from recycled fabrics. Packaging is water resistant and theft resistant. Mail your customers’ orders in Returnity shippers and provide prepaid shipping labels for the return journey.

Qualities: Recycled, Reusable
Manufactured: China
Returnity recycled and reusable mailers



17.

TemperPack: 
Insulation for Perishables


temperpack.com
When shipping perishables like food,TemperPack’s ClimaCell provides an alternative to styrofoam. This protective, padded material can be inserted into a shipping box to act as insulation. It’s plastic-free and fully curbside recyclable. ClimaCell can be made to any dimensions and can be custom branded.

Qualities: Recyclable
Manufactured: USA
TemperPack sustainable ClimaCell insulation for shipping perishables



18.

TIPA: 
Apparel Bags


tipa-corp.com
While Israel-based TIPA specializes in food packaging, they do offer home-compostable apparel bags to protect garments when shipped.

Qualities: Compostable
Manufactured: Italy & Germany
TIPA compostable garment bags



19.

Wastebased:
Soft Mailers


wastebased.co
Wastebased in the U.K. offers a home compostable soft mailer. While the material is partially made with PBAT (polybutylene adipate terephthalate), a fossil fuel derivative, it is an improvement to the standard poly bag. Custom branding is available.

Qualities: Compostable, Home Compostable Manufactured: China
Wastebased compostable soft mailers

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