Padded mailer

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A padded mailer by Bubble Wrap

Padded mailers are padded envelopes used for packaging products for shipment. They are sometimes known as Jiffy bags.

Uses[edit]

Mailing envelopes and small packages my receive as many as 27 handlings during shipment with the maximum drop height of 1.2 m.[1] The contents of the mailing envelopes often need protection from shock and vibration damage. Cushioning or padding can be built into the mailing envelope to help protect the contents.

Construction[edit]

Several constructions are available.[2][3] [4]

Exterior[edit]

The exterior envelope can be made of a heavy paper, paperboard, corrugated fiberboard or plastic film.

Padding[edit]

The padding material can be recycled newsprint, foam, bubble wrap, or other cushioning materials.

Closure[edit]

Many mailers have an integral flap that has a pressure-sensitive adhesive, a gummed (water-activated) adhesive, or tape to allow easy and secure closure.

Environmental Considerations[edit]

A Life Cycle Analysis as been conducted to compare a Kraft paper mailer with newsprint padding to a LDPE plastic mailer with air bubble padding. Both had advantages and disadvantages; overall, the Kraft padded mailer had a higher overall environmental impact compared to the LDPE bubble mailer. The study recommended use of future products with lower mass and which use renewable resources.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Singh, S P (2010). "Measurement and Analysis of 'Small' Packages in Next-day Air Shipments". Packaging Technology and Science. 23: 1–9. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  2. ^ US3867874A, ONeil, "Method for making padded envelope", published 1975 
  3. ^ US8468779B2, KannankerilIan M. Donegan, "Method and apparatus for positioning, inflating, and sealing a mailer comprising an inner inflatable liner", published 2013 
  4. ^ US3948436A, Banbara, "Multilayer bag", published 1974 
  5. ^ Pilfold, K (2013). A Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Protective Mailers in the Postal Industry (PDF) (MSc). University pf Calgary.

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