Plastic envelopes are used in heavy-duty, security-related, and other specialized mailing applications by the express mail, banking, legal, and other industries. They are lightweight, tear-resistant, durable, water-resistant, and can be manufactured using recovered plastic.
- Recommended Recovered Materials Content Ranges
- Product Specifications
- Product Information
- Additional Links
EPA's Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN) recommends recycled-content levels for purchasing plastic envelopes as shown in the table below.
Recovered Materials Content
1Paper and Paper Products
▓EPA's recommendation does not preclude procuring agencies from purchasing envelopes from another material such as paper. It simply requires that a procuring agency, when purchasing plastic envelopes made from plastic, purchase these items made from recovered materials when these items meet applicable specifications and performance requirements.
- The US General Services Administration (GSA), the US Government Printing Office (GPO), and the US Postal Service (USPS) all currently purchase plastic envelopes made from Tyvek« containing recovered HDPE. GSA specifies "DuPont Tyvek« or equal." USPS requires "DuPont Tyvek®." GPO requires "white spunbonded polyethylene with the characteristics of DuPont's product number 1073;" the title of the solicitation, however, states "Tyvek« envelopes or similar."
- The Navy requests that plastic envelopes not be sent to ships in order to minimize onboard disposal of plastic.
of Manufacturers and Suppliers
This database identifies manufacturers and suppliers of plastic envelopes containing recovered materials.
The General Services Administration (GSA's) Federal Supply Schedule Group 75, Schedule V includes Tyvek envelopes, available through its online ordering system. In addition, GSA publishes various supply catalogues, guides, and schedules for recycled-content products available through the Federal Supply Service.
Buy-Recycled Series: Nonpaper Office Products (PDF) (7 pp, 92K, About PDF)
This fact sheet highlights the nonpaper office products designated in the CPG, including plastic envelopes, and includes case studies, recommended recovered-content levels, and a list of resources.
Technical Background Document
This background document includes EPA's product research on recovered-content plastic envelopes as well as a more detailed overview of the history and regulatory requirements of the CPG process.