New UPS Envelope Has 2nd Tape Strip So You Can Use It Twice

From the department of “of course!” UPS has introduced a new reusable express envelope. It’s got a second adhesive strip that lets the recipient reuse the same envelope on a new shipment.

Simply peel off the old label, fold the flap down, and expose the second strip of adhesive. Less brown means more green.

UPS Reusable Express Envelope [Cool Hunting]


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  1. benbell says:

    Welcome to however many years ago that FedEx started this.

  2. Anathema777 says:

    This is old news. We got these envelopes from UPS months ago. Now if only the envelopes arrived in decent enough condition to reuse. It always looks like someone chewed on the package when it arrives from UPS.

    • WorkingDad says:

      Yes, it is indeed old news.

      This makes me think key people at Consumerist are on vacation. This would explain why we see “404 – Not Found” when clicking on “About/Contact Us” link at the bottom of these pages. :)

    • Christine says:

      Yes… very very old news… I asked my hubby about this, who owns a store with his folks and the US has had it for many many years now. Unfortunately us here in Canada have to wait a bajillion million years for great ideas to come this way :(

  3. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    No, no, no. You don’t have the second seal so you can reuse the envelope after it has been shipped once. You have it so you can still use the same envelope after your boss says, “Oh, hey, I forgot to put this letter in the marketing packages you just made up to send to all the prospective clients.”

    • anime_runs_my_life says:

      Yep! That’s what happens here. I get the shipment all ready and then get a call “Did you seal the envelope for X yet?” followed by a groan when I say yes. I tell the boss, “Never fear! It’s the reuseable envelopes we can still use it without printing another label and wasting a perfectly good envelope!” That makes the boss happy.

    • wanpakumono says:

      Either way, it saves an extra envelope, doesn’t it? Ultimately, although UPS will tout its “greenness,” it comes down to UPS trying to save money.

      • Dean says:

        Your cynicism is slightly misplaced. UPS gives out tons of free supplies, and I’m sure the redesign process costs more than the savings of materials.

        The real value in this system for them is the “green” marketing.

    • Me - now with more humidity says:

      Do we work in the same office? 8)

  4. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Can anyone tell me the magic secret to “Simply peel off the old label…”? I either rip it to shreds, or spend 2 minutes slowly pulling it off and some stick still remains on the box and I need to attack it with my SkullPain Magnum Marker and open the windows before I pass out.

  5. lehrdude says:

    Fed Ex has been doing this for a few years.

    Funny story…I was once in an elevator with a Fed Ex guy and a UPS guy. I jokingly asked if I would need to break up a fight between them, and they both said at the same time “No, that would be DHL…”

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      I once worked in a mailroom, and we did business with UPS, FedEx, and DHL. Of the three, DHL was gawd-awful, a completely different level of profesionalism and customer service, or lack thereof.

      I’m glad they’ve regulated themselves to international shipments only. Good riddence.

      • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

        They did? DHL is out of the domestic market? There IS a God.

      • Pax says:

        The only time in forty years I’ve ever been so upset with a delivery company, I told them “just send the damned thing back”, then asked for a refund form the merchant?


        I sat on my front steps and WATCHED the truck drive by, without even slowing down … and he told their central dispatch people that he’d tried to deliver the package “and there was no answer”.

        Fecking liar. >8

      • beretta3000 says:

        I ordered a PC from Dell a few years ago and bought a Logitech mouse. Both shipped from Texas at the same time. I watch on DHL’s website as the PC and mouse make their way north to me, when the mouse inexplicable turns left at Kansas City. The PC gets to me within 3 days of ordering. The mouse makes all the way to Philadelphia before it turns around and starts coming back, arriving 14 days after the PC.

        The delivery firm? DHL. God I hate them.

    • TheRealDeal says:

      I remember watching from my front steps as an Airborne Express (who was purchased by DHL) THREW packages onto my neighbor’s patio. He was apparently so lazy that he didn’t want to bother walking the whole way up there to knock or at least set the package down. Frankly, I’m surprised he got out of his truck and didn’t try to make the delivery out the window, paperboy style.

    • Erika'sPowerMinute says:

      As if lousy service weren’t enough reason to avoid DHL, there’s the fact that Larry Hillblom, the H, was a disgusting pervert whose hobby was impregnating impoverished pubescent Asian girls:

      Sorry it’s just Wikipedia, but it’s the most skim-friendly. I recently moved back from Micronesia and I remember hearing people mention this case.

  6. anime_runs_my_life says:

    Yeah, and they’ve been around for at least a year if not longer now. I’ve been ordering them ever since they became available on my list of supplies when I log in.

    Like someone else said, this is old news.

  7. kethryvis says:

    That’s all well and good, but how about robbery-proof envelopes? Some UPS worker stole items out of a package i sent out (items were there when i dropped the package off, items were NOT there when the package was delivered). Fucking UPS. Never using them again if i can help it at ALL. i don’t care how much their packaging changes.

    • shepd says:

      Tyvek is as close as you will get to that. They’ll at least have to go at it with a knife for a while to steal your stuff (and that makes it obvious it didn’t “fall out” when it “caught on something sharp”).

      • kethryvis says:

        This was a very obvious case of theft… i was sending in games to Amazon to try out their video game trade-in service. The games were in the cases when i shipped them out (i know, i checked several times). When the package got there, the cases were in the package but there were no games in the cases. Flat out theft. And UPS doesn’t seem to give a flying. Thankfully, Amazon was awesome about it but UPS’s blah-blah-whatever attitude really made me want to ship with them again, let me tell you!

        i will look into those Tyvek envelopes though if i decide to go this route again. Sometimes a little deterrence is all it takes.

  8. full.tang.halo says:

    UPS has this on their legal sized express envelope over 6 years ago….

    In 2004 I was an manager of an ASO(Postal Annex) and got thousands of these while I was there.

    • rickatnight11 says:

      Yeah, I knew I wasn’t insane for remembering this. I worked in a UPS Store 4 years ago and used these all the time.

  9. rickatnight11 says:

    Hm, I worked for a UPS Store 4 years ago, and I remember double-taped mailers from back then. You use it once, rip it open, pull a tab down, and use the second strip to seal it again. We used it all the time when customers realized that they forgot to add something to the mailer before sealing it. They were so excited that it could be sealed again.

    Is UPS just re-releasing this for hype?

  10. ap0 says:

    As many people have said, both FedEx and UPS have had reusable envelopes for years. This looks like UPS is just branding them as more “green.” Fact is, they save UPS money — UPS gives the envelopes away for free if you ship with them.

  11. DeadWriter says:

    And I have been using packing tape instead. What a waste of effort.

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  13. Sardis says:

    So Ben Popkin got his first ups letter?

  14. bvita says:

    This is actually ironic since for years UPS has been using the excuse of “reused packing material” as the basis for denying an insurance claim.

  15. SerenityDan says:

    UPS had these 11 years ago when I first started working in a mail room. Why they got rid of them I have no idea. I guess they just roll them out as new every time the green bandwagon comes ’round.

  16. cybrczch says:

    Of course now FedEx will top them with the three tape strip envelope, followed by UPS with the four tape strip envelope, then FedEx with the five tape strip envelope (with lubricating strip)…

  17. Britt says:

    Eh, I’m sticking with the red ones. They look more important than cheesy green. Yes, I said it.