We all use envelopes to send letters. Of course, you can always use existing envelopes and then seal them again with plastic-free packing tape. And (we were surprised to learn this), you can recycle envelopes with plastic windows, as modern machinery can melt the adhesives and screen out the plastic, so don’t throw them, throw them in the recycling bin with your other paper waste.
These reusable envelopes are made from cotton, to use again and again. Also available for custom wholesale orders. Or choose hemp envelopes (blended with recycled waste paper from Houses of Parliament!)
Use Envelope Reuse Labels
These can be affixed to old envelopes and sent out again, to save paper and money. Envelope Angel contains 100 re-address labels that is just the right size to cover stamps and franking marks. Sold in a box with perforated cuts, to cleanly tear off when needed. Self-adhesive, so no licking required! Get in touch for bulk orders.
Also in a special version for padded envelopes. Sold with refills. You can also find versions that raise money for animal charities:
- The Barn Owl Trust
- Humane Research Trust
- British Hedgehog Society (also campaign for Royal Mail to stop using rubber bands to carry letters and envelopes, as when dropped, they harm and kill hedgehogs and other wildlife – ducks think they are worms, and feed them to their chicks).
Recycle Stamps to Help Animals
Handmade Paper Envelopes
These handmade paper envelopes are lovely for special occasions. The cotton rag gives a natural off-white colour. Some handmade paper envelopes are embedded with seeds, to plant in the garden after use. But most wildflowers are toxic to pets. So if used, don’t plant them in gardens with pets (nor gift to people who live with them). See how to make your garden safe for pets, for details of toxic plants and other items to avoid near animal friends.
Packing Fragile Items (sustainably)
Fragile Packing Tape is compatible with standard tape dispensers.
Paper Bubble Wrap is made from recycled paper, and the perfect alternative to plastic bubble wrap. Honeycomb Protective Wrap has interlocking cells to protect fragile items, as an alternative to bubble wrap or foam.