EZ Green Pak - packaging paper solutionEZ Green Pak, is a terrific packaging product that saves packing time and labor. It has been a very popular product on our www.GlobeGuardProducts.com green packaging store and now thanks to a new program we created with the manufacturer, we are pleased to offer this with one low, flat price plus free shipping.

There are two different versions of EZ Green Pak for different applications:

Standard EZ Green Pak

  • 30# Kraft paper
  • 14” wide X 1,714’ long (2,000 square fee
  • 22 pound box that is 10.25” X 10.25” X 14.75”
  • NEW REDUCED PRICE: $45 per case with free shipping

EZ Green Pak MINI (packed two rolls per case)

  • 40# Kraft paper each
  • Each roll is 12” wide X 340’ long (240 square feet)
  • Each box (sold 2 boxes per case) is 6” X 6” X 12-1/2”
  • NEW REDUCED PRICE: $36.00 per case with free shipping

Please contact us at Globe Guard Products or call us at 815-609-3600 if you have any questions on either product. Also, please keep in mind there is additional savings available on full pallet (40 case) orders.

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Choosing the Best Semi-Custom Box Size

different semi-custom printed versions of 9-6-2 mailersThe Common and Uncommon Box Sizes of Semi-Custom Branded Packaging

A quick visit through our green packaging store or our gallery will show you some of the most popular sizes we have for subscription and e-commerce applications. The available sizes include but are not limited to our:

5-13/16” X 5-3/4” X 1-15/16” – ideal for jewelry and other small items

7” X 7-1/8” X 2-1/4” a great size for pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and even E-juice packaging for shipping

9” X 6-1/2” X 2-3/4” – a very popular size for subscription boxes of all types

12-1/4” X 9-1/4” X 4” – our new large capacity lock front, die cut mailer that is ideal for shipping anything from full size snack foods to pet toys.

All of these sizes and more are all available to our customers who use our stock dies to make their custom printed boxes, saving time and money in the process.

Custom printed 11-8-1 mailerAn Uncommon and Unusual Example of a Semi-Custom Size and Design

One of the most unique designs we have is what we refer to as our label mailer that is 11-1/8” X 8-5/8” X 1” and what makes it unique is that it can open horizontally like a low profile jewelry box or vertically like a book. We originally created it for a shipper of expensive label stock but since then this box has been used to ship anything from tee shirts to award plaques. It is very well designed and virtually crush proof making it safe for brochures, documents and valuable specialty papers.

Our Next Stock Size Could Be Yours.

We are always looking for a new stock size to add to our cutting die and perhaps our stock mailer box inventory. Even if your needs are unique, let us know because if it has the potential to be used by other customers and if we do not already have a very similar size, we might be interested in adding it to our available list, making it free to you. When in doubt, or if you are curious if we can make the size you need, please call us at 815-609-3600 or contact us at SalazarPackaging.com

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Internet saleThese paper mailer envelopes are one of our most popular products for e-commerce because they are ecofriendly and a great packaging solution for everything from apparel to paperback books. Most of our tee shirt and clothing shippers use our mailer envelopes to reduce container, void fill, and shipping cost, compared to RSC and die cut mailer boxes. Now through February 28th, we are pleased to offer this product line at a minimum of 10% off our regular low prices.

What Makes Unpadded Paper Mailer a Green Packaging Solution?

Whether you monitor waste by weight or by volume, our mailers are light weight, can be compacted easily and can be recycled anywhere paper waste is gathered. They are 100% recyclable and most (the Kraft ones) are even made of 100% recycled content including 90% post-consumer waste (PCW). They are a much greener alternative to plastic mailer bags and envelopes and nearly as water resistant.

Kraft or white custom printed mailer envelopesTwo Styles and Two Colors Available

Our mailers are available in natural Kraft (brown) or white. Different mailer envelope sizes are also available in flat or gusseted which expand into a three dimensional envelope to better accommodate varying product thicknesses or weights.

All of them feature the “peel and seal” strip for fast closure that eliminates the need for additional tape. They are also packed in cases for easy, compact storage, ideal for office or home based businesses.

Custom Printing in Small Volume Quantities

One of the things people love most about this product line is the fact that it can be custom printed in a very low one case quantity. You do not have to order thousands to have them branded and the typical art/plate cost is $125 or less. It is a very economical way to get into branded packaging, even for start-up companies.

Samples Available Upon Request

If you are not sure they are right for you, simply let us know what size(s) you are considering and we will be glad to send you samples for your review. We will also be glad to answer any questions you may have if you contact us at Globe Guard Products or call us at 815-609-3600.

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Geami GreenWrap Ready Rolls Colors Discontinued

All Ready Roll color discontinuedWe regret to inform you that the manufacturer of GreenWrap Ready Rolls has announced that they will no longer be available in the wide variety of colors that we have all enjoyed. Certainly one of the most colorful, green packaging items in the industry, the product simply did not sell enough to support the inventory required and the new dimensional weight (DIM) shipping rates made it impossible to ship it effectively.

Remaining Inventory Still Available

Please check out our green packaging store because available colors will be listed as long as inventory remains. Keep in mind the number of available rolls varies and is subject to prior sale. Assume there is stock remaining when you enter your order but we will notify you if the color you want has sold out.

Special Orders?

Up to February 12, 2015, there may be some LIMITED opportunities for special, larger orders if the paper combination you want is available. For example, let’s say you want 10 cases of lavender tissue on white Kraft. If there is sufficient remaining stock of both paper and liner on hand, the manufacturer will make the ten cases for you.

This will be handled literally on a case by case basis and is an option, only if stock remains.

Brown on White still availableProducts NOT discontinued?

Ready Rolls will continue to be available in a standard 20” wide roll that is 150’ long and only in a brown paper with white interleaf tissue. In addition the “expand on demand” product – ExBox, will also continue to be available in brown and white and white on white color combinations.

Please do not hesitate to contact us or call us at 815-609-3600 if you have any questions. The situation and available inventory are changing daily so please let us know what your needs are and we will try to help you.

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  • A quick stroll through our new photo gallery section at our Salazar Packaging web site quickly shows the great variety of looks and designs we have helped our customers create. The minimalists typically prefer very little ink and the use of soft, subtle colors. Others believe in creating a memorable design by using lots of ink in bright or dark colors. Neither approach is wrong, as long as it is consistent with your products and brand.

    Here is a closer look at some more recent boxes we’ve done that have created great looking boxes by using our semi-custom box sizes and adding their own bold graphic designs.

    9-6-2 mailer box black over whiteWellpod – you can never go wrong with basic black, especially for a cosmetic or beauty product. The problem is that black or any solid dark color can prove difficult to print using a flexographic process on corrugated board. Wellpod trusted us with the packaging for their new beauty product line and the results were terrific using our standard 9x6x2 top lock mailer shipping box. Their site is worth waiting for and will be ready for business soon at www.wellpodbeauty.com

    dark brown over white mailer boxBush & Leavenworth – they describe themselves as a clothing brand designed for creative people and they are quite consistent down to their shipping boxes. They took our basic 13x13x3 box and created a great looking mailer box with minimal copy outside and great graphics inside – all in a beautiful dark brown. Check out their site which is equally unique and eye catching – www.bushleavenworth.com

    8-9-4 one color with screensJoe’s Brew Club – If you are a coffee lover you will undoubtedly enjoy their product, site, and new box. They took our stock 8x9x4 box, and by using screens, created a very attractive three color look using only one color, minimizing ink and print plate cost. Please visit their site at www.joesbreclub.com

    S9-6-2 mailer box with printing inside and outkosh Box – This new DEKA box program delivers full size Japanese snacks to their subscribers. They also used our very popular 9x6x2 box but probably created the brightest design we have ever printed. You think the bright yellow exterior is bold until you open the box and realize the inside turquoise is even bolder. You can learn more about their program at www.skoshbox.com

    What is semi-custom packaging?

    Essentially it is using a box size that we already have a cutting die for to save time and money. We have over forty available sizes so we can usually satisfy almost every dimensional need, avoiding an additional one week delay for cutting die manufacturing, not to mention the typical $600 to $800 cost.

    The minimum run is only 1,000 boxes and we can usually ship a first time order within two weeks of receiving final, approved art.

    Not quite ready for custom printed packaging?

    Take a look at the stock die cut mailers sizes available on our green packaging store at www.GlobeGuardProducts.com. These mailers are available in one bundle minimum quantities (usually 25 or 50 boxes) and can be easily branded using labels you can print on an as needed basis. It also makes the transition to custom printed boxes much easier, later when you are ready.

    Contact us at www.SalazarPackaging.com or call us at 815-609-3600 for a confidential, no cost, and no obligation review of your needs.

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    stock, standard and custom cooler boxesShipping perishable foods and pharmaceuticals can be incredibly challenging especially from an environmental perspective. It seems the only products that are readily available are either laminated multilayer configurations or EPS (Styrofoam) that are either not reusable, not biodegradable, or not recyclable.

    A Truly Biodegradable, Insulated Shipping Container

    Our Globe Guard® Cooler Boxes are made of two basic components that are not laminated together and can be easily separated for recycling or reuse. The two components are:

    1.  A stock or custom corrugated RSC style shipping box that is typically made of our Globe Guard® 100% recycled content board but is no less than 33% recycled content board. The box is designed to be reused or can also be recycled, but will biodegrade in almost any landfill environment.
    2. Removable, biodegradable foam inserts designed to insulate your product and coolant on all six sides. These inserts are made from non-GMO corn starch and can be recycled or reused by removing them and installing them in a new corrugated box to extend their life cycle. If disposal is necessary, they can be composted and will biodegrade or dissolve in water.

    Stock Size Pre-Assembled Cooler Boxes

    For our initial launch we have four popular sizes in stock as shown on our Globe Guard Products, green packaging store, ready for immediate shipment. They are available in a low one case minimum and the cooler boxes per case vary from 2 to 4, depending on the size. All four sizes have 1-1/2” thick foam but other foam thicknesses are available on a custom order basis. These STOCK sizes are:

    8” x 8” x 8” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 5” X 5” X 5”

    10” x 10” x 10” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 7” X 7” X 7”

    12” x 12” x 12” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 9” X 9” X 9”

    12” x 10” x 8” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 9” X 7” X 5”

    Standard Size Unassembled Cooler Boxes

    These sizes are not in stock but will ship within two weeks of order. They also include 1-1/2” thick inserts and can be quoted with other thicknesses as well. The minimum for this standard size group is 200 cooler boxes per order, or 100 per size. Even though assembly is available and optional, we find that most customers buying in this quantity prefer unassembled cooler boxes to reduce shipping and storage costs. These STANDARD sizes are:

    9” x 9” x 9” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 6” X 6” X 6”

    11” x 11” x 11” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 8” X 8” X 8”

    14” x 14” x 14” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 11” X 11” X 11”

    16” x 16” x 16” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 13” X 13” X 13”

    8” x 6” x 5” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 5” X 3” X 2”

    10” x 8” x 6” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 7” X 5” X 3”

    12” x 12” x 10” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 9” X 9” X 7”

    14” x 10” x 8” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 11” X 7” X 5”

    image001Custom Size Unassembled Cooler Boxes

    These are truly custom, made to order RSC cooler boxes and can be just about any size you want them to be, assembled or unassembled, typically shipped within three weeks, even for custom printed, branded boxes.

    The minimum is 500 cooler boxes for an unprinted box, and 1,000 for one that is custom printed. They are available in Kraft or white, in any board thickness you need as well as any foam insert thickness your application requires

    We can even create a die cut mailer cooler for you, if a presentation style box will serve you better than a standard RSC style shipping box. (see “related” post below)

    What is your temperature controlled packaging challenge?

    We understand almost every customer and application are different so we are eager to learn about yours. Please contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us 815-609-3600 to discuss your specific needs.

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    Pet Gift Box exteriorOur office is filled with dog lovers so we were all very excited to work with Pet Gift Box on their new box design. Check out their neat web site www.PetGiftBox.com

    The program owner had some great ideas and we were eager to help bring them to fruition. You can see from the photos on his site as well as by the ones included in this post, he ships an ecofriendly Globe Guard® custom printed box and includes a personalized label with the pet’s name on it. It is those little touches as well as the quality products he encloses that make this box a great deal and a perfect gift for that pet lover on your holiday shopping list.

    First Step – determine the correct and best size

    I admit this is a challenge, especially for a new box and product that changes monthly. However, they selected one of our very popular stock box sizes 12-1/4” X 9-1/4” X 4” high. Using a “semi-custom” size enabled them to save money by not having to buy their own $800 or so cutting die, and it also saved time.

    List of contents and personalized labelSecond Step – create art and print specs

    Once the box size was decided on, as well as the board grade and color, we provided a die line for use in their art layout. When they asked for help with the graphic design, we were able to recommend a talented, experienced graphic designer from our short list of people we recommend. Remember, today most graphic designers are well versed in web design, but not all have any packaging experience.

    Pet Gift Box chose a natural Kraft (brown) box and a standard blue for great contrast and a sharp look.

    Goodies enclosedThird Step – Create a print card/proof

    Customer review and approval is an absolute requirement to make sure they are thrilled with the end result and there are no unpleasant surprises. Within a few days of signature we had their print plates made and their first order of custom boxes shipped about one week later.

    This may sound easy, and honestly, it really is when you have the right partner to guide you through the process. Please contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 815-609-3600 for a no cost, no obligation review of your new box design, or perhaps your redesign of an existing subscription box. If your volume has grown to 300 to 400 subscribers per month, this a great time to eliminate costly labels with beautifully printed boxes for your subscription program.

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  • Local Color Collection Coaster setNo duplicate gifts! Is there anything more frustrating than to give a gift to someone on your shopping list, only to find out they already have one, or two or maybe even three? If you are still looking for the perfect gift for that person, there is a new site online where I can almost guarantee you will find something for them that they don’t already own.

    Check out www.LocalColorCollection.com to see a wide variety of attractive and unique gifts ranging from coasters to flour sack towels, all featuring eye catching citrus crate label art which originated in Florida. Local Color Collection has reproduced this art on high quality products that are sure to please and not be found anywhere else.

    Semi-Custom Packaging is the Answer

    How do you select packaging for a new product line without historical order or size data to work from? For LCL the best option was to select three sizes from our long list of available cutting dies for mailer boxes. This not only saved time, they also saved money by not having to buy custom size cutting dies until they are clearer about their future requirements in terms of size, volume and construction.

    Local Color Collection 2 sided printThis enabled them to purchase printing plates for each of the three different sizes, with printing inside and out. The outside is a very attractive white on Kraft for a natural look and the inside is their logo scattered in a random print, green on a white background. The end result is a sharp looking shipping box that is almost as memorable as the product inside.

    For that unique gift, check out the cool site for Local Color Collection and for a company that can help you create great looking branded packaging, at the lowest possible cost and as quickly as possible, please contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 815-609-3600.


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    Blue Jean BoxFor people who want designer jeans and accessories but don’t have time to shop or prefer to avoid the hassle of a crowded mall or overpriced specialty shops, www.BlueJeanBox.com is the place for you. Check out their neat web site and the great looking products that are only a mouse click away for you.

    Unique E-commerce Packaging Requirements

    The nice people at Blue Jean Box wanted a green, ecofriendly shipping container so it is not unexpected that they would select Globe Guard® boxes with our 100% recycled content, 100% recyclable corrugated board. Even when we upgraded their board to 200# test, we were able to keep the overall construction as green as possible.

    Since their products and orders tend to be larger, they also required a custom size box that is 24”x16”x4”. The onetime cutting die cost was relatively insignificant when they determined the larger size box would enable them to avoid shipping multiple boxes to the same location while keeping the clothing unwrinkled by shipping them in overstuffed boxes.

    Box closed with handleInside Only, Custom Printing

    Blue Jean Box is the latest customer in a growing trend to print the inside of a die cut mailer, instead of or in addition to printing the outside. As I have said many times, the outside of any box being shipped tends to arrive looking dirty and beat up. By printing on the inside, especially on the inside lid as the Blue Jean Box people did, they are sure their message will not conflict with tape, labels or road grime.

    Carrying Handle Optional

    Since a box that large and potentially heavy can prove difficult to carry, we designed the container with an optional and removable plastic handle. (See photos) Easily and quickly inserting the handle into die cut slots make the box easy to lift and carry like a small suitcase.

    Semi-custom versus Fully Custom Shipping Containers

    Our semi-custom program uses stock size cutting dies and predetermined board weights to create low volume packaging (usually 1,000 to 5,000 boxes) without the delay and cost of custom tooling.

    However, when you go fully custom like Blue Jean Box, you are able to select the exact size you need, the board weight that your product requires, and chooses from a long list of available options that will make your packaging perfect for your application and customers.

    If you have any questions regarding shipping clothing or any soft goods, please do not hesitate to contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 815-609-3600 for a no cost, no obligation, and confidential discussion of your needs.

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    Inside Sub Comm Interview

    megaphoneSubscription box owners have some tremendous resources and typically they are very eager to share information, and even suppliers with one another. That is at least part of the reason we have become so well known within that market, as one company who we have made boxes for recommends us to another.

    One of the best resources I have just recently become aware of is Inside Sub Comm (the business of subscription commerce) where they feature interviews with a wide variety of different subscription box program owners and companies who serve those owners.

    We were pleased to have been recently selected for a supplier interview and if you are interested in learning more about Inside Sub Comm or reading our interview, please click on this link.

    If you have any questions about designing or re-designing your own packaging for any form of e-commerce, please contact Salazar Packaging, or if you prefer, call us at 815-609-3600. We will be glad to confidentially discuss your specific application.

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    Have you seen the new Globe Guard Reusable Box Sealer