Re: [GRRN] Tyvek

John Reindl (
Tue, 6 Apr 1999 12:11:17 -0600

Another point to make is that sometimes office workers don't
recognize that the Tyvek envelopes shouldn't be put into the
recycling container for paper only, and the Tyvek then becomes a

I've seen it happen at my office; it probably happens elsewhere too.

John Reindl
Dane County, WI

> With regard to John Hendren's query asking for alternatives to
> Tyvek for a mailing package for a heavy report that he says breaks
> paper envelops, New York State's Tom Kacandes said that since Tyvek
> as an envelop -- NOT as a magazine insert -- doesn't hurt existing
> recycling systems, the reluctance to use it shouldn't be a concern.
> On the other hand, I know from my incoming mail that a significant
> number of firms use Tyvek routinely as their 9x12 envelop, even for
> material that could be mailed without risk in kraft envelops. This,
> obviously, is overkill.
> But, for uses such as John propounds where greater strength is
> needed, Tyvek may make sense. One further matter to consider is
> that a major reclaimer, EnviroPlastic is recycling used milk jugs
> into Tyvek.
> Unless there's some other material for heavy duty envelop use that
> has a smaller environmental footprint, Tom's criteria seems to make
> sense.
> Peter
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