Saturday, April 18, 2009

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

It always amazes me what I can find when I set my mind to replacing all things we run out of with green alternatives.  My most recent surprise came about when my husband came to me and told me that we had run out of envelopes and needed more.  We don't use a lot of envelopes, so it has been years since we last purchased the ones that we had, dating back to a pre-green period.
So I logged on to the masterful internet and ran a search for "recycled envelopes."  I came up with a couple different options.  The first, the one I ended up purchasing, are the brown Envirotech Recycled Security Envelopes.  I really liked these for a few reasons:
  • They are made with 100% recycled materials.
  • They are natural security envelopes just from their color of being recycled
  • There are a lot in each box so I won't have to reorder for a long time and save on shipping costs and resources.
  • They are almost the exact same price as non-recycled envelopes.  The cheapest box of 500 non-recycled security I found was $19.  These were only $24.
If you aren't into the brown, I also found these white ones.  But be warned that they are only 30% recycled and are not security envelopes.  

Envelopes may seem like a silly thing to get excited about, but this was a reminder to me that I can change just about everything by just looking a tiny bit further.

Has anyone else switched their envelopes yet?  Where have you found the best deals?

2 comments:

annie kelleher said...

very cool! i dont use a lot of envelopes either but when i run out ive made a note to look for thses!!!

Scott Jones said...

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