How to Recycle Your Goulet Packing Materials

In honor of America Recycles Day on November 15th, the Goulet Team was inspired to research the recyclability of our packing materials. We’ll share with you our findings in hopes you’ll be inspired to think twice before throwing them out!

1) Packing Tape

This piece of the packing process serves its purpose and does its job. Unfortunately, once the tape has successfully bound your boxes together, it cannot be reused. It becomes fuel for the incinerator once removed from the package. It does not have a really easy recycling option but certainly performs a necessary and important job.

2) USPS Priority Box

These packing receptacles are made with recycled materials and can become a continued part of the recycling process. Simply toss them in with your other recycled paper and cardboard and let them be repurposed into another form of paper goods that will help someone day to day. No special precautions are needed to recycle these boxes, you don’t even have to remove the packing tape. That is part of the preparation process to recycling.

3) Thank You Card

Each of these adorable cards features a drawing from a past Monday Matchup on the front and a handwritten note from a team member on the back, to remind you with every order that there is a Goulet team member at every point of the order process. Some people choose to collect these cards and admire the assortment of artwork. If you would rather recycle these greetings, you can do it just as you would other sheets of paper. They are completely recyclable.

4) Bubble Wrap

Goulet Pens tries to have the least impact on the environment while we make the most of our packing materials. Our bubble wrap materials are shipped to us uninflated and we create the bubbles in-house, allowing for more materials to be shipped and less of a carbon footprint to transport materials. These nifty stress relieving packing materials can be recycled in the same containers where you drop plastic grocery bags or anywhere that accepts #4 plastics.

5) Blue Plastic Wrap

This packing material is a signature staple of the Goulet packing process and holds the products safely in place so they don’t shift around in transit. Much like the Bubble Wrap, this product can also be recycled in the same way that plastic shopping bags can. It is composed of a #4 plastic and can be recycled anywhere that handles such materials.

6) Bubble Mailer

Simply stick on a new label and these shipping containers can be reused for your mailing needs. There isn’t a reliable way to recycle a combination fiber/plastic article, but being able to get the most use out of these mailers is another great way to reduce waste. If you take a little care when opening these mailers, you can get many shipments out of them. You can also use them for storing fragile things or give it to your cat for an new bed, the options are pretty vast.

7) Values Card

Our values are an important part of our company culture and these cards are a great introduction for customers still acquainting themselves with Goulet Pens. Once you have had the chance to read the card and become familiar with our company values and policies, feel free to toss this card in with your other paper recycling. The cards are printed with soy dyes and are completely recyclable as well.

8) Packing Card

We like to send along our thanks for placing your order and to assure you that someone on the other end has triple checked your order to make sure you get exactly what you ordered. These packing cards provide us the opportunity to do so. Much like the other cards in our packaging materials, these cards are recycled with your typical paper recycling as well. Just toss them in any paper recycling bin when you’re through and maybe your card will live on to become another expression of gratitude.

9) Tootsie Pop

Who doesn’t love a sweet surprise when they open a package? We hope you enjoy the lollipops every time your unwrap a package from us. Sadly, the wrappers and sticks from these tasty treats are not recyclable but there are some great ideas for upcycling them around the internet!

10) Invoice

Our invoices ensure proper product pulling in our warehouse and provide a verification of order accuracy. You can see the contents of your order listed in every package. These detailed print outs are produced on standard copy paper, so no special requirements are needed for recycling, just toss it in with your other papers.

How do you recycle or reuse your Goulet packing materials? Let us know in the comments below.

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Co. Team

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2017-11-15T14:32:21+00:00 November 15th, 2017|A Goulet Life, DIY, Tips & Tricks|22 Comments
  • JeanneAloia

    Many of the items have found their way into mixed media art projects–art journaling and such. Bubble wrap makes a great stamp! I love the personal touches and have the values card where I can read it daily. Love the Tootsie Pop touch. Oh, and the pens and such are great.

    • Yes! Whenever I get kraft paper as packing material, I always save it to reuse as wrapping paper for gifts or to use in different journaling projects. There’s a bunch in my filing cabinet right now.

      • Lydia At Goulet Pens

        That’s so smart!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      What a great idea! I love repurposing things for art!

  • Rain Oubliette

    I tape the thank you cards into my journal. I also glue in part of the invoice with a swatch of the ink colors. The thank you cards can be glued to a folded piece of card stock to make a greeting card for someone else.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      What great ideas! I love it!

      • Rain Oubliette

        Sometimes I even remember to look in the journal before I buy new inks.

    • Kathy

      Awesome idea….thanks for sharing!

  • Jojop

    I keep the Thank You notes and use a combination of TomBow markers, watercolor pencils & ink pens to color the pictures when I’m either in need of a break or some serious stress reduction. My favorite card to color was the one of a woman with hair “swirling” around her.

    One of my revelations that my fountain pen, etc hobby was turning into a “fountain pen addiction” was the day I realized it would take a LOT of $ to replace everything & that the collector limited edition couldn’t be replaced! Now I keep the invoices for home inventory documentation on my personal property insurance policy. While I do make a digital copy of my invoice with photos of pens & other items I know only to well the fallacy of relying only on digital backups of inventory.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      That is really smart! I never thought of that.

  • Wendy Kremer

    I use some of the components from my Goulet packages in the care packages I send to my son at college. The bubble wrap is useful, of course, and sometimes the priority mail box get reused, too. I save the Tootsie pops to include in the care packages. I often use my fountain pens and ink to create cool address labels for the package as well.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Awww how sweet!

  • Tom Johnson

    What great information here! Thank you so much for posting this. I have used the USPS boxes, plastic wrap, and bubble wrap to pack items I’ve sold on eBay and Amazon. I’ve saved up a supply to use for future sales too. The invoices are filed away chronologically for my reference, especially love the older ones with the wonderful notes written in different inks. Great to know how to recycle the plastic and bubble wrap too. Very timely, with Christmas coming up, these materials can be used for shipping gifts. The Tootsie Pops make my wife and I happy too!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      That’s great, Tom! glad you can get good use out of them!

  • Kathy

    Great information! Thank you for the details. I recycle boxes and anything else cardboard, but haven’t been good about the blue plastic and the bubble wrap. Now that I know, I’ll add those to my weekly recycling bin as well. The Tootsie Pops certainly aren’t an issue!!!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      So happy we were able to help answer that question, Kathy. It was exciting news to me too!

  • Karen Balch

    I keep the greeting cards for a ink sample collection. You do your best to have color accuracy on screen, but nothing beats a paper in front of you. I reuse the rest (made an emergency tracker bracelet with the blue wrap!) or pack it up to use a slightly ridiculous amount of care packaging my things for when we next move! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5596ad300adcea329815036067184f9e829f40b9369cd8e6c81180880557fcbb.jpg

  • peter hofmann

    I hang on to the values card and thank you notes and use them as book markers! In a pinch I have also used the thank you cards as blotters (yes, I know not the intended purpose, but it works!).

  • Lofipi

    I think the courier must have eaten my Tootsie Pop!! Even though there was no hole in the packaging. Do you usually include them with international orders? :0

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      The Tootsie pops are included in every order 🙂 Check the flaps of the box. Sometimes our fulfillment team sticks them in there so they don’t get lost in the order box

      • Lofipi

        I ate it last night! (Yes, that’s exactly where I found mine.) Sorry courier man! Sorry Goulet Pens! X

        • Lydia At Goulet Pens

          Hooray! Glad you found it!