Vela – the paper alternative to single-use plastic poly bags.
Paper packaging solutions to sustainably protect garments and other products throughout the supply chain. It’s time to replace your single-use plastic poly bags with something better – Vela™ paper bags.Discover Vela™
We’re replacing plastic with paper.
It’s estimated that 180 billion items of clothing are made every year.
Almost all of them are individually packed and shipped in single-use plastic poly bags that are rarely recycled. Non-recycled poly bags are incinerated, accumulate in landfills, dumps, or end up in our natural environment.
Why ship items in poly bags when there’s a better solution?
Every Vela™ bag supports ocean research and conservation programs.
By using Vela™ – you become a part of our Sea The Difference community and are contributing to ocean research and keeping our oceans safe and clean. Find out more about the exciting steps we’re taking together.Learn about “Sea the Difference”
Paper is a responsible alternative.
Paper is one of the most recycled packaging materials, reaching record highs in North America and Europe in 2019. In support of these trends, Vela™ products are made from FSC™ certified paper and are widely recyclable.
Brands around the world are making the switch to Vela™.
We’re proud to partner with environmentally conscious companies who share our vision for a healthier planet and responsible consumer behavior.
“We transitioned to Vela’s FSC® certified tissue bags because the infrastructure to properly recycle paper is much more developed than the infrastructure to recycle soft plastic. Our hope is that customers and stores will properly recycle these bags at their end-of-life in order to keep the material out of landfills.”
VP Sustainability, Product, Strategy
“Partnering with Vela on the first ever FSC® certified Tissue bag for garments is another innovative win for both Outerknown and the ocean. Outerknown is deeply committed to eliminating the use of virgin plastic and ensuring we keep it out of our oceans.”
Founder + 11x World Surf league champion
"Transitioning our polybag source to the Vela™ alternative is mission-aligned with both our company and customer values. We have received positive feedback from customers about both the performance of the bags and the fact that they are curbside recyclable — a major upgrade to our previous versions. The Vela™ bags are responsibly sourced, serve the ultimate purpose of protecting products from factory to customer through long transit routes, and are suitable for your at-home recycling bin — a win-win-win in our book."
Director of Sustainability
“As a brand that thinks daily about our environmental impact, the use of plastic poly bags has always been a pain point for us… We are so thrilled that Vela invented a product that helps solve the plastic pollution problem of poly bags in the apparel industry.”
Co-Founder, Chief Impact Officer
"Since 1995 sustainability has been a part of our DNA, and we remain committed to lessening our impact in every way possible. Shipping has been one of our biggest hurdles. We are thrilled to be partnering with Vela to swap out our plastic bags for widely recyclable, FSC certified paper bags. It is great to see brands, supply chain partners and customers coming together to drive this much needed shipping revolution."
Senior Director of Supply Chain
"Vissla is a brand that represents creative freedom, and a generation of creators and innovators. We embrace the modern do-it-yourself attitude within surf culture, performance surfing, and craftsmanship. We constantly strive to minimize our environmental impact and protect the oceans and waves that raised us. We are committed to sourcing and implementing the most sustainable packaging materials available to us. We're currently transitioning to Vela FSC certified paper bags to protect our garments."
Vissla – VP Product + Design
"Pact was excited to find a partner with a proven solution to such a large issue. Working with the Vela team made this a seamless transition, that was received positively by all stakeholders (Pact team, manufacturing partners, warehouse, and customers). By partnering with Vela, we were able to move quickly to install the new Vela bags across our supply chain and quickly take a big step forward in lessening our impact on the environment."
Pact – CFO + Head of Operations