Reusable two-way envelopes
Saint Paul, Minn.
Recycled Content: At least 30 percent recycled paper
Market: Businesses and institutions
An envelope from Saint Paul, Minn.-based ecoEnvelopes embraces reducing, reusing and recycling at the same time.
The company’s Recochet Alta envelopes eliminate the need for companies to insert a return envelope, reducing paper usage. Customers or donors can reuse the same envelope to reply. And the envelopes are made with at least 30 percent post-consumer recycled content.
“Reusable ecoEnvelopes are returned to the mailer, where sophisticated recycling systems re-capture and return the paper for reuse, supporting a closed-loop system where the same paper is used over and over,” according to the company.
In all, the envelopes reduce the use of natural resources by 98 percent, compared with traditional mailings, according to ecoEnvelopes.
The product won a 2015 Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in the Graphics/Packaging category.
The company also has a new envelope called BioWise, which contains 30 percent agricultural residue and 70 percent chlorine-free recycled content, of which 30 percent is post-consumer content. The bio-based material is bagasse, a fibrous residue that remains after sugarcane stalks are crushed.