If you’re a business owner or if you’re running an e-commerce store, you’re no stranger to shipping troubles. Aside from doing all you can to lower shipping costs, another point of concern would be the actual packaging. You do want some branding in there, right? And, for sure, you also want to excite your customers? (We could hear the resounding “Yes!”)
Usually, there is a tradeoff between on-brand packaging and the weight of the packaging itself, which can lead to more shipping costs. So, is there a solution to this? Is there a lightweight alternative that can also put a spotlight on your brand?
The answer, my friends, is a poly mailer.
What is a poly mailer?
Poly mailers are elastic-like envelope packaging. They are made from 100% polypropilene material which makes them lightweight, durable, and tear-resistant. Because of this, they are ideal for shipping apparel and non-fragile goods as they also come with a self-seal adhesive strip and an easy-open tear tab.
So for e-commerce store owners asking if you can mail a gift bag or a package in a plastic bag, this can be a good alternative to bulky boxes.
What are poly mailers used for?
Poly mailers are used for shipping products, especially soft goods like clothes. Of course, since it does not have the same protection as a box, it would be better if items placed inside poly mailers are those that are not too fragile.
Are poly mailers recyclable?
Yes, poly mailers are recyclable! Most poly mailers are made from eco-friendly materials. Here at Sticker Mule, our poly mailers are made with 100% polypropilene material. They are identified by recycling code 4 and this symbol is printed on the bags. Many local community recycling centers accept code 4 as a safe form of plastic.
How much does it cost to ship poly mailers?
So if you’re already considering poly mailers (we hope you are!) you may have some questions about shipping. The first being -- Is a poly mailer a large envelope? Well, shipping companies consider a poly mailer a package or a large envelope, depending on its dimensions.
As a general rule, however, poly mailers are frequently shipped by the United States Postal Service as First Class, Priority Mail, and Media Mail. The service used would be Package or Thick Envelope. Make sure to check with your local post office for more details.
How much does a poly mailer weigh?
Most people ask how much weight they can put in a poly mailer. Again, this depends on how big the poly mailer is and how much stuff you’re putting inside.
At Sticker Mule, our poly mailers are available in two sizes (7.5" x 10.5" and 10" x 13"), so you can find the perfect poly mailer for your product.
Here’s a handy table that can tell you which items can usually fit in the different-sized poly mailers:
|7.5" x 10.5"
|10" x 13”
Take note that this is only a rough guide and the fabric used in the clothing can affect how much would fit in the poly mailer.
How to make poly mailers
Making your poly mailer stand out from the rest can now be easy peasy. Instead of sourcing plain poly mailers and customizing each packet one by one, we have a better solution for you.
Here at Sticker Mule, we’re offering poly mailers to support customers who run small businesses, online shops and e-commerce sites with custom packaging. Our poly mailers also use the same easy checkout and proofing process as custom stickers.
How do I print on poly mailers?
There are many ways to print on poly mailers, including screen printing, offset printing, inkjet printing, and more. However, this process can be quite complicated because you need the necessary machinery. But don't worry because Sticker Mule is here for you. Simply upload your design and we'll take care of the rest.
Sticker Mule’s custom poly mailers can be printed in full color on one-side. With no restrictions on the artwork, you can fully brand your packaging experience for your own customers regardless of your business size — order as few as 50 units of one design. All orders ship within 4 days after proof approval and include free shipping in the U.S. Free worldwide shipping is also available.
Where to buy custom poly mailers
You’ve come to the right place! Every mailer we print at Sticker Mule is completely custom. Simply choose your quantity then upload your artwork. With no limits on the artwork, you can upload high-resolution photography, an artistic reproduction, a company logo, and more.
Within 4 hours you'll have a free digital proof that you can approve online or request changes to the design. Once approved, we’ll begin production and within 4 days ship your poly mailers directly to you.
Ordering poly mailers
Are you ready to get started? Check out this video that tells you the many ways you can use poly mailers and some sample designs.
Go ahead and try our tear-resistant, waterproof, eco-friendly, and customized poly mailers for your next shipment!