For retaiers we pack a greetings card with an envelope in a clear peel n seal bag (sometimes called a cello bag). We are seeking alternatives to these cello bags.
To customers who oredr from our website, we do not provide the cello bag.
We use cardboard cartons for our gift sets. We seal the ends with a simple white round self adhesive sticker. Retailers can opt for shrink wrap.
We roll the posters and insert them in what is called LFT (Lay Flat Plastic) tubing. It’s a thin plastic tube which is supplied flat on a roll. Then we insert the poster and LFT in a cardboard tube and attach end caps.
For tubes that will be mailed to a customer, we also staple the end caps to the cardboard tube for greater security.
Where we can we recycle tubes. When we cannot find used used then we buy the tubes in bulk .
Royal Mail has a special arrangement for tubes which are no more than 450mm long and 75mm diameter. They are strict. Tubes which measure 450mm are too long, as the end caps themselves add at least 2mm. So we source tubes which are less than 450mm.
Posters which require a tube greater than 450mm are more expensive to mail out and to buy. We have a supply of recycled tubes which are 75mm and greater than 450mm. We cut them to suit the posters and are often to be seen when we do stalls at events.
Packs of postcards are now supplied in printed cardboard cartons. We seal the ends with a simple white round self adhesive sticker. Retailers can opt for shrink wrap. There are two exceptions where we use cello bags as the quantity of postcards in a set do not warrant a carton.
For mailing, the prints are rolled in acid-free tissue paper and then rolled into a strong 100mm cardboard tube. At stalls we will also have the prints in alrage cello bags, which are inside large homemade cardboard carriers. We use a lot of corrugated cardboard!