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Nashville Wraps Offers Many Choices for Legal Bags

Green Way Nashville Wrap

When the city of Austin, Texas implemented a ban on single-use bags in 2013, local retailers had to make major changes in their packaging. The Austin bag ban required retailers to offer either reusable bags, paper bags made from at least 80% recycled paper or plastic bags with a minimum thickness of 4.0 mil. Gift shop Monkey See, Monkey Do was on board with the change. General manager Steven Almaguer says, “Austin is definitely environmentally progressive in several ways and part of the city’s motivation for the bag ban was the amount of litter we see along the highways.”

“I chose Nashville Wraps because they’ve got every bag and box size we need available in 100% recycled paper. I’ve made an effort to promote eco-friendly products from green-minded companies. Nashville … Read More

Eye Catching Creative Packaging for Applied Underwriters

2 color on Kraft, cusotm die cut box

We are best known for our semi-custom packaging where we can basically print anything including inside/outside prints, flood coats, etc. on any available, limited box sizes and styles. At present time, that money saving “limited” list of available options is over eighty sizes and styles.

Other people know us as great designers and manufacturers of custom sizes and shapes to satisfy just about any application. Even though we are accustomed to seeing and creating some great unique packaging, we were a little surprised when Applied Underwriters approached us and asked if we could create a box with a handle to contain a custom bobble head figurine of their mascot that would be handed out at an upcoming show. That was a first ever request but we are always enjoy a … Read More

How Sustainable is it?


As environmental awareness grows, more and more consumers are calling for natural, sustainable, and eco-friendly products. Businesses and brands are taking notice. A number of consumer-focused companies are beginning to move towards using natural ingredients and implementing a more sustainable supply chain.

With the influx of eco-friendly products into the market, it can sometimes be difficult for the consumer to identify what exactly makes one product more sustainable than another. A brand can have natural-looking packaging and claim that their product is all-natural, but they may still be implementing wasteful processes in their supply chain. A product can be made with recycled materials but not actually be recyclable itself!

Similar confusion can be present when businesses are making choices about packaging their eco-friendly products. Can we recycle this packaging? Is Read More

Custom Printed Subscription Boxes, Do Not Have to Be Boxes

Branded mailer envelopes for clothing

It may sound silly or even counterproductive for one of the top providers of custom printed mailer boxes to suggest using a different form of packaging but we do it almost every single day. There is a mistaken perception out there that a box is the only way to go but many of our customers find mailer envelopes can provide numerous benefits including:

  1. Compared to boxes, mailer envelopes are usually less expensive to buy
  2. Envelopes are typically less expensive to store and ship (inbound)
  3. They are usually less expensive to ship to your customer (out bound)
  4. Require less labor and ancillary package
  5. In many cases, have lower minimums for custom printing

Unpadded Paper Mailer Envelopes

These are a great example of a packaging product that people are using in place … Read More

The Truth About Recycled Plastic Bags – An Interview with Command Packaging’s Pete Grande

Pete Grande

Pete Grande is the Founder & CEO of Command Packaging. Located in the Los Angeles area, he has seen many changes in the packaging industry over the past 27 years he’s been in business. We sat down with him to learn from a true expert in the field of American made recycled plastic bags.

Nashville Wraps: What is the biggest myth about plastic bags? Why do they have such a bad rap?

Pete Grande: There are two big myths: that Plastic bags are not recyclable and that they are the cause of significant environmental damage. It is true that plastic bags have a low (5%) recycling rate, but the reason for that is they are inherently reusable, so most people use them for other things like trash can liners, Read More

E-Commerce and Subscription Boxes that Make a Great Impression with Unique Inside Prints

Luxily one color on white inside print

If you look at some of the top custom printed boxes, many have been printed by us and most of those have great looking inside prints. Whether it is a well worded message, a simple thank you or an eye catching random repeat print, our customers continue to show off their creativity, inside the box where it will do the most good.

Why Do We Recommend Inside Prints over Outside Prints?

No matter how beautifully we print your box and how carefully you pack it, it typically arrives at your customers showing considerable road wear. Finger prints, smudges and scuffs are all obvious, especially on a white box, compared to a Kraft (brown) exterior. In addition, the usual shipping label is 4” wide X 6” long so it tends to … Read More

Additional Green Resources and Products

  • Jonah Coyote Design
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  • Zing Green Products
  • Dharma Merchant Services
  • Green America
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