Before companies send me products to review, I always request that they not use any plastic packaging, including tape. Some comply. Others have a hard time with it, and their packaging ends up in my tally. I’m writing this post not only to help Fake Plastic Fish readers make plastic-free packaging choices, but also to have a web page to which I (and you!) can direct vendors when asking for no plastic packaging. Just trying to make life easier for all of us.
So, here are the options:
Re-Use Shipping Materials
The greenest option will always be to reuse what you already have.
Paper Packing Tape
I buy plain paper tape that tears off easily from the roll. I bought this tape at a local office supply store.
The tape is water-activated. I tear off a strip and run it under the sink to wet. Since I don’t ship packages very often, I don’t feel the need for a tape dispenser. But retailers may want to invest in one.
Then, I use the tape to seal up my own reused shipping envelopes or boxes. Anyone who has received a give-away package directly from me can testify that it came taped up with brown paper tape.
Other Plastic-Free packing supplies
Here’s a list of kinds of packaging materials you might use to protect your contents. Remember that reused/repurposed materials are always the best choice.
*Reused packing materials from packages sent to you.
* Yesterday’s News padded mailers made from recycled newspaper fiber
* Jiffy padded mailers (the kind with paper pulp padding rather than plastic bubble padding)
* Paper packing tape
* Molded paper pulp
* EcoCradle molded packing material made from mushrooms
* Geami protective wrap
* CareMail Brand packing materials (But be aware that some of these products come packaged in plastic bags.)
* Globe Guard Products is a good source for many plastic-free shipping products, although be aware that some things are plastic.
And check out this great Plastic-Free Green Product Packaging Tutorial from Picnic Basket Crafts that shows exactly how to wrap packages using paper tape.
I’ll continue to add to this list as I discover new options. Please leave a comment and let me know what you use for shipping stuff.