- Jan 8, 2020
- Reaction score
I have been using vellum. It looks really nice, and if you want to get fancy it prints up well with an ink jet printer.Hi all, as some of you know (since I’m always blathering away about my booth) I sell at various venues. I invested a while ago in a shrinkwrapping system, but the truth is I don’t love it. I appreciate that it is transparent, so buyers can see the designs, and I appreciate that the wrapping protects the bars. And I can “freshen up“ the wrapping by passing the heat gun by it. But I don’t like the plastic and customers don’t either.
I don’t want to sell “naked” bars. Just me. Also don’t want to use cigar bands or boxes. Also, just my preference.
I have started wrapping a few soaps that don’t have designs with deli wrappers, ones that I had on hand, that have a plastic coating (some have soy based plastic but these don’t). I got the idea from @DeeAnna from this post:
Thread 'Kabnet Wax deli paper for wrapping bar soap'
Kabnet Wax deli paper for wrapping bar soap
I am still using translucent plastic labels which probably have more plastic than the shrinkwrapping, per bar.
I have a notion about printing labels on translucent paper if I could find the right material. Glassine paper is all plant fiber, no plastic. I can’t nail down if it it printable on a laser printer but I’m still researching. But I think it might be too delicate. Vellum paper is nifty and translucent, but a little heavy I think. I currently have my sample bars labeled with the name of the bar with a vellum cigar band - it’s eye-catching and works well but they do become loose over time. For my round bars I have used florist wrap but I’m pretty certain it is coated with plastic. it is translucent and remarkably sturdy.
Not to say that glassine and vellum are perfect, I don’t know the carbon footprint of creating them. But at least the buyer doesn’t end up with plastic.
Anybody else use vellum or glassine paper to wrap their soap? Where is this unicorn of soap wrapping; translucent, eco friendly, budget friendly, sturdy but delicate, printable paper?