When we think of cushioned envelopes, a very high percentage think straight away about bubble envelope. Although, in the market, we can find many other options probably more efficient for your needs. Also within these options, there are some more ecological than others. In fact, we can find cushioned envelopes with three types of material: bubble wrap cushioned envelopes, PE foam envelopes and paper envelopes.
Bubble Wrap Cushioned Envelopes
First, it is well known that the bubble envelope is actually a bubble bag of kraft paper with an inner layer of bubble wrap. Its standardised use makes it used many times even when it is not necessary.
Second, bubble envelopes are padded envelopes, but they are not good for everything. A clear example is that it’s very common to send books with these types of envelopes. The cover and back of the book will be protected, as will the corners.
Foam Cushioned Envelopes
Foam padded foam envelopes are similar to bubble envelopes. Although, instead of having bubble wrap inside, they have a layer of foam between one and two millimetres.
Its use is advisable for an infinite number of materials. The clearest options are in all those products lacquered, painted and prints. Hence this is where the bubble plastic can be marked on the product. Especially if they are packed when the ink or paint is not completely dry. So we advise its use to send photographs, pictures, posters, small painted pieces and more. Also for products that can be scratched easily, the foam is a very good protector.
Paper Cushioned Envelopes
Paper padded envelopes are a relatively new type of envelope or simply quite unknown. Although, they cover a great multitude of needs because we can find them in different qualities and measures. In addition, they are the only quilted envelopes totally ecological because since they are made of paper only, their recycling is super simple. They’re normally made from 3-ply paper padding.
For small parts, but with some weight and sensitive to scratches like spare parts or small tools, the bags with compact paper padding are perfect. It is a robust kraft paper envelope where the quilted is a compacted recycled paper fibres that create a kind of blanket inside the envelope.