Plastic Mailers and Envelopes

Plastic first class mailers are poly envelopes and polyethylene pouches used to send USPS first class mail. Padded mailers protect items that are delicate but not especially fragile. First class mailer pouches are made of Polyethylene or co-extruded film.

Types of USPS first class mailers include:


Use first class mailers to ship parcels while saving money. Many items that typically shipped in a small box can be sent via USPS mail service in a first class mailer. For example, mail order or online purchases can be shipped to the customer in an envelope rather than a box. Small flexible items such a clothing is frequently shipped this way.

USPS Approved Mailers are used to ship non-breakable gift items and save money. A purchase that needs protection during shipping can be wrapped in tissue paper or a small plastic bag then placed in a first class mail envelope. USPS Approved Mailers are cheaper than boxes to ship because they weigh less and are not as thick.

Many first class mail envelopes also protect against moisture. These mailers are made of low-density polyethylene or co-extruded film and are used to protect any parcel that may be damaged by moisture. Items that should be shipped this way mailer include irreplaceable documents, delicate gifts, photos, and food items.


Printed Paper Bags

Printed paper bags are available at most grocery stores and markets. Many years ago printed paper bags were the only type of shopping bag available. Now, there are a lot of poly bag options available, including customized poly bags and printed plastic bags.

Many people prefer printed paper bags over plastic bags because they feel it is better for the environment. Some reuse and repurpose paper shopping bags at home after they empty out the groceries. Paper shopping bags are used to hold your recyclables until they can be disposed of.

Printed Paper Bags

Printed paper bags and customized paper bags are a nice option for grocery stores. Retailers can sell advertising space on their bags to the offset the cost of the bags. Printer paper shopping bags can have ads from other retailers or even coupons that encourage shoppers to come back to the store.

High-end grocery chains use a higher end version of the custom printed bag. It has matching paper handles attached to the top of the bag. This allows the bag to be carried easily.

Pharmacy, gift shops and boutiques also use printed paper bags to package purchases. Pharmacies use small, lightweight paper bags for small purchases including cards, candy and other small items. Many pharmacies use custom printed paper bags for their prescriptions. The most custom common bag color for a pharmacy is white with red lettering.

Somewhere in between these two sizes is the paper bag chain restaurants use for their takeout orders. Burger restaurants everywhere bundle up cheeseburgers and French fries in portable, medium-sized paper sacks. These bags also carry the logo and messaging of the restaurant.

Boutique stores use sturdy paper gift bags to bundle up purchases. These bags are thicker and usually have a glossy finish on the shopping bag. Many of the paper bags for boutiques can stand up on their own, making it fast and easy to fill them.

Higher end paper gift bags have ribbon handles and come in colors. Purchases are typically wrapped in tissue paper so fragile items are not damaged on the way home. Many of the custom printed paper bags are so nice, they are reused as gift bags.

There are many custom printed paper bag choices. Most retailers have more than one bag to fit their needs.

Reusable Bags as an Alternative to Plastic Shopping Bags

On Tuesday, September 30th, California became the first state to ban the use of single-use plastic bags at large chain grocery and convenience stores. Over 100 cities including Chicago, Austin and counties like Los Angeles County, already have plastic bag bans.

California retailers will still be able to offer their customers paper shopping bags. However, grocers will charge shoppers ten cents or more for every paper bag used. The California law does not apply to shopping bags used at other retailers.

Poly bags for fruits, vegetables or meats are still permitted under the new law. Therefore, the demand for plastic bags that are FDA approved for food contact will not change. These bags include ice bags and zip lock bags that are used to seal up food while in transit or for storage.

Reusable Bags

Reusable Shopping Bags

Reusable bags are a way for retailers to continue to offer their customers the convenience of a carry out shopping bag. Reusable bags come in a variety of sizes and colors. One of the sturdiest shopping bags is the simple tote bag. This tote bag is made from 600D poly oxford, which is a heavy-duty polyester material, is making this one of the best shopping bags around.

Many bags can be used for retail stores including wine bottle bags, zipper tote bags and backpacks! All of these bags can be customized with the store’s logo and messaging. These bags can be given out or sold at the checkout register. They can also be given out at trade shows. The bags last a long time; customers will reuse them repeatedly!

What are Reusable Shopping Bags Made of?

High quality material is used to produce reusable bags. Shopping bags can be made out of 80 GSM (grams per square meter) non-woven polypropylene fabric. The bags are sturdy and quite popular for retail use! Wine bags are even more durable and are made from 100GSM non-woven polypropylene material. These bags can hold from two to six bottles of wine! Non-woven wine bags are available in colors: black, burgundy, khaki, and dark green!