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Subject: Envelope Pet Peeve
Date Posted: 6/24/2013 1:48 PM ET
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You know those envelopes that are stuffed with some kind of dryer lint like substance? That explode with dust when you inadvertantly cut into them? What are they called?

They are The Worst.

Date Posted: 6/24/2013 1:51 PM ET
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Yup. They are even worse if they get wet.

Date Posted: 6/24/2013 1:53 PM ET
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Yeah, they're kind of nasty. In the age of bubblewrap, I'm not sure why they're necessary.

Date Posted: 6/24/2013 2:11 PM ET
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Out of curiosity, and a possible RC (though I realize it's probably not worth my while), what are they actually called.

I feel like their use has been increasing lately - probably because so many people don't want to use plastic.

Date Posted: 6/24/2013 2:38 PM ET
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I hate those!!  We get them at work sometimes & they make the biggest mess.

Date Posted: 6/24/2013 2:53 PM ET
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Are they "padded" envelopes?  I just used two of those bad boys today - and they seem to add to the overall shipping weight.  I need to get some more bubble mailers.

Date Posted: 6/24/2013 4:18 PM ET
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Office Depot calls their brand "Recycled Padded Mailers"

Staples has a product made with recycled newsprint called "Caremail Padded Mailers"

 Personally I make my own mailers with some old leftover asbestos insulation I found in the attic. surprise

-RD



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Date Posted: 6/24/2013 7:51 PM ET
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 Personally I make my own mailers with some old leftover asbestos insulation I found in the attic

 

cheeky lol, Rob.  Was wondering what to do with all that old abestos.

Date Posted: 6/24/2013 8:05 PM ET
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I agree, they are awful!

We buy bubble envelopes from Uline at work.  Have to be careful to get the bubble envelopes and not just padded envelopes.  What they call padded envelopes are the ones with the dryer lint stuff in them.

Date Posted: 6/25/2013 9:47 AM ET
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You know, they do suck when the stuffing gets everywhere. But--I have yet to receive a book that was damaged by USPS while in one of those mailers.  I'm just glad that they are fully recyclable, so that I can put them right into the recycling bin after opening.

Date Posted: 6/25/2013 10:05 AM ET
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I just can't stand it when people use those, then don't wrap the book inside in plastic.  All that linty stuff all over the book is hard to get off!

If I reuse one, I always wrap the book so it can be removed without the fluff getting all over the book. 

I certainly don't buy them.

Date Posted: 6/25/2013 2:46 PM ET
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Sad part is, I never reuse those.  They're out in the trash ASAP.   

OTOH, I use bubble mailers until there is no life left in them.

Date Posted: 6/25/2013 3:16 PM ET
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If you open them 'properly', they're fine, but I agree that that's often hard to do. They are fully recyclable, though, which is nice.

Date Posted: 7/5/2013 3:26 PM ET
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If it arrives intact with life left in it, eventually I'll wrap a book in a discarded plastic newspaper protector and pass it on. Is this one of the unwritten things sure to piss people off? I recycle/repurpose almost anything  I'd quilt with my old clothing if quilting didn't require so *%#@ much prep.

 

Date Posted: 7/7/2013 12:50 PM ET
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Sad part is, I never reuse those.  They're out in the trash ASAP.   

Exactly. 

 
Date Posted: 7/7/2013 3:28 PM ET
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 Personally I make my own mailers with some old leftover asbestos insulation I found in the attic

+2 for Rob for recycling!!  maybe now I WILL clean out the attic!!

Date Posted: 7/8/2013 5:12 PM ET
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I agree, caviglia!  I got one in the mail today - tore the top open to get the book out & all the junk went everywhere.  Grrrrr!!!!!



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Date Posted: 7/10/2013 1:35 PM ET
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You can open them over a trash receptacle. Either a full trash can or over a bag you set up to catch the extra fall out.

Also cut straight as possible, that helps keep the fall out to a minimum.

 

I dislike them also, but with  so much plastic arguments, many feel they are doing one step in going green. Bless the hearts of those that try.

 

Date Posted: 7/10/2013 5:29 PM ET
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Honestly, I never know they will explode until they do.

I HATE them.

Date Posted: 7/11/2013 1:31 AM ET
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Are you guys talking about these envelopes: http://www.staples.com/Staples-QuickStrip-Padded-Mailers/product_SS974078

There is a pull tab on the back, but I've never actually opened one up.  I ordered a ton of these for work and use them fairly often.  Now I'm going to have to find an excuse to tear one open.

Date Posted: 7/11/2013 12:44 PM ET
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We get these when Ingram sends us ARCs.. GRRRRR! Even when we pull the tab they still vomit stuffing at us. 

Date Posted: 7/11/2013 1:14 PM ET
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I hate those envelopes as they make a mess of things. Then sometimes the stuff gets into the book's pages.

Date Posted: 7/12/2013 11:33 AM ET
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PLEASE check out the use of old asbestos - I may be wrong but have been told it is a health hazard.  I too always try to recycle and reuse items whenever possible but I don't think it is safe to use asbestos.

 

 

Date Posted: 7/12/2013 12:52 PM ET
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PLEASE check out the use of old asbestos - I may be wrong but have been told it is a health hazard. 

That was a joke.

Date Posted: 7/12/2013 1:01 PM ET
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My supervisor gave me permission to tear open the padded envelopes we use (Jiffy Mailer) once I told him about the potential mess issue.  The only way I was able to get a linty mess was by cutting through the center of the envelope.  It seems that Jiffy is aware of the mess issue and keeps the padding away from the opening as there's several inches without padding near the top.  So it seems that messiness might be brand-dependant.

Senders are probably unaware of the mess the envelopes can make.  Perhaps a polite note making the senders aware of the issue is in order?  I know it's after the fact but it's better than nothing.

 

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