A Guide To Selecting The Right Envelope
A Guide To Selecting The Right Envelope

A Guide To Selecting The Right Envelope

With a wide range of envelopes to select from, here's a brief guide to help choose the correct envelope for the proper purpose.

Envelopes Weights (GSM)

Envelopes could be found in various weight/thicknesses and are measured in Grams per square inch or GSM. In precisely the same method that paper is graded, the greater the gsm of the envelope the thicker the paper/card it is 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 urgent and sealing.

o Self Seal

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

o Peal & Seal - Similar to Press Seal however it's essential to first remove a plastic strip to disclose the bonding glue earlier than folding over the flap and pressing all the way down to seal.

o Plain - Plain envelopes are helpful if you're in search of a much more personalised correspondence and as they include no window the address must be written on the envelope. Additionally useful if you are need to print directly onto the envelope

o Windowed - Windowed envelopes contains a small clear plastic film on the front of the envelope which is used to show the printed address of the letter/shipping document wallets inside.

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

o Board Backed - A inflexible board within the envelope retains import and paperwork safe. Ideally suited resolution when sending photographs.

o Padded - If it's worthwhile to send an item -huge or small - and require and envelopes which provide a lot more protection than an standard envelope. Exceptionally strong and tear-resistant, padded envelopes are ideal for cumbersome or heavy items as well as delicate objects corresponding to CD/DVDs. Many of our padded envelopes are also weather resistant.

o Recycled - If you have considerations concerning the environmental impact envelopes and different paper provides have on the setting you need not worry. Most envelopes at the moment are made from recycled content material and indicate the percentage of recycled content material in three grades - 100% recycled paper, as much as 50% recycled and over 50% recycled.

You may additionally notice environmental info including whether it's FSC sourced.


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

Envelope sizes range from C0 (being the biggest) via to C7. The most common envelope sizes are ISO C4, C5 and DL. Below is a description of the scale of every envelope that can assist you decide one of the simplest ways to send your letters, memos and other documents.

o C4 - measuring 324x229mm C4 envelope can hold an unfolded A4 sheet of paper. Ideal 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 day by day post.