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A Guide To Choosing The Right Envelope

A Guide To Choosing The Right Envelope

With a large range of envelopes to select from, here's a temporary guide to help select the right envelope for the proper purpose.

Envelopes Weights (GSM)

Envelopes might be present in numerous weight/thicknesses and are measured in Grams per square inch or GSM. In exactly the identical means that paper is graded, the higher the gsm of the envelope the thicker the paper/card it's made from.

Types of Envelopes

o Gummed - Traditional "Lick and Stick" envelopes which require you to moisten the adhesive on the flap of the envelopes before pressing and sealing.

o Self Seal

o Press Seal - Fold over the flap of the envelopes and pressing to seal

o Peal & Seal - Much like Press Seal however it's essential to first remove a plastic strip to disclose the bonding glue before folding over the flap and urgent right down to seal.

o Plain - Plain envelopes are helpful if you are on the lookout for a much more personalised correspondence and as they include no window the address needs to be written on the envelope. Additionally useful in case you are wish to print directly onto the envelope

o Windowed - Windowed envelopes accommodates a small clear plastic film on the front of the envelope which is used to display the printed address of the letter/doc inside.

o Manilla/White - Most envelopes come in a choice of both white or manila. Manilla is the traditional brown model of envelope that's available.

o Board Backed - A rigid board within the envelope keeps import and documents safe. Splendid solution when sending photographs.

o Padded - If you have to send an merchandise -big or small - and require and envelopes which present much more protection than an customary envelope. Exceptionally sturdy and tear-resistant, padded envelopes are perfect for bulky or heavy objects as well as delicate items such as CD/DVDs. Many of our padded envelopes are also climate resistant.

o Recycled - In case you have considerations about the environmental impact envelopes and other paper supplies have on the atmosphere you needn't worry. Most envelopes at the moment are made from recycled content and indicate the share of recycled content in three grades - 100% recycled paper, as much as 50% recycled and over 50% recycled.

You might also discover environmental data including whether it is FSC sourced.


Envelopes come in quite a lot of sizes and are listed in international (ISO) size system.

Envelope sizes range from C0 (being the most important) by way of to C7. The most typical envelope sizes are ISO C4, document enclosed wallet C5 and DL. Beneath is a description of the scale of every envelope that can assist you determine the best way to ship your letters, memos and different documents.

o C4 - measuring 324x229mm C4 envelope can hold an unfolded A4 sheet of paper. Excellent for sending reports, brochures and paperwork on A4 paper that can't be folded.

o C5 - measuring 229x162mm C5 envelopes can either an A5 sheet of paper or an A4 sheet of paper folded in half

o C6 - measuring 114x162mm C6 envelopes will hold an A5 sheet folded in half or an A4 sheet of paper folded twice.

o DL - measuring 100x220mm DL envelopes will hold a A4 sheet folded twice or an A5 sheet folded once. DL Envelopes are what you typically use for sending letters and what you obtain in your every day post.