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    recycle magazines into bubble mailers

    I thought I'd post this over here because I know a few of you probably sell on Etsy and maybe you ran into my dilemna about how to ethically ship your merchandise. This really only works for smallish items like jewelry, but every little thing helps!

    I'm sure there are a million ways to do this. Note that I use labels when I ship, so the "decorations" on the pages aren't a problem.

    First, gather your supplies:

    You will need: bubble wrap (see below for a link to a shop which sells recycled bubble wrap)
    an old magazine, newspaper, brown bag or some kind of pretty paper, scissors, and either a glue stick or double sided tape. oh! and packing tape!

    Second:
    Cut out two magazine pages to act as top and bottom of the mailer. The covers work best because they are the thickest, but you can also glue-stick two thinner pages together. Remember you will need a "flap" to fold over, so make one page about an inch and a half longer than the other.


    Third:
    trim down two pieces of bubble wrap, slightly smaller than your two sides.
    (save your scraps for wrapping small items!)


    Fourth:
    Using glue stick or double-sided tape, attach the bubble wrap to the inside of both the front and back pieces. It helps later to leave a little space at the outer edges and also where you will fold over the "flap".


    Next:
    trim the sides so that they are even


    And last:
    Use packing tape to seal the edges.


    To make this even more eco-friendly, UHaul sells bubble wrap made from recycled bottles.
    http://store.uhaul.com/master_product_detail.aspx?id=99

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    Great idea! I still have a roll of bubble wrap that my new fridge came in. I fold my products in it first then simply shove that in any old large strong envelope that came through my own mailbox. I get tons from my own employer, so never a shortage of that. Just blot out the company logo or stick something over it. But this looks prettier of course. For boxes I reuse parcels I've received or I take boxes from the local supermarket. Cardboard beer trays are perfect to make smaller parcels. I cut them in half, then use the one half as the bottom and the other as the top. In the past year or so I rescued three rolls of packing tape from the trash...

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    This is such a great idea! I have 373829 magazines laying around right now and I never find the perfect fitting envelopes for my shipments. Most of my magazines are recipe magazines so hopefully it''ll be fun for my shipees to receive

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    Really good idea! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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    GREAT idea! thanks for the tutorial! I have SO much bubble wrap in my house to use and SO many mags! Perfect!

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    recycled crinkle paper

    Another tip for eco-friendly packaging: shred your old magazines and newspapers in an electric shredder to make your own crinkle paper for packaging shipments. It is cute, low-cost and environmentally friendly- plus I think peanuts annoy most customers. Homemade crinkle paper works especially well for odd shaped items that you need to have nestled safely in a box.

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    Jen, I love this idea! very nice.

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    thanks

    Thanks Christy!

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    Very cool tutorial! The magazine pictures really add to the style of your shipment. You could also use old bubbled envelopes and just cut out the size you need and attach to your magazine cover. I also have a tutorial here for using a brown paper grocery bag for a shipping mailer. http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2008/0...er-bag-mailer/

    You can use other recycled heavy paper other than a grocery bag too. Just about any heavy paper works to create a shipping envelope. The large brown paper bags work well though if you need an over-sized mailer.

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    Thanks for the tutorial, I love this idea. I dont need the bubble so I make mine out of fused plastic bags and pages from a cool looking old book (I choose a cookbook from 1966 and made sure it had thick almost cardstock like pages.) Also, I sew so I sew up the sides rather than taping them, its quick and easy and goes with my stuff! I'm not sure how well sewing would work with the bubbles but it might be worth a try.


 

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