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Are you thinking about switching to plastic-free packaging? Then you know the options out there can be limited. That's why we are so excited to share three new sustainable, paper-based products that are now available directly from manufacturers on Lumi:

  • Glassine Bags are a new alternative to Inner Poly Bags, a paper-based alternative for protecting garments from dust and moisture.
  • Honeycomb Sleeves are a unique padding solution that can protect glass and ceramic products in transit.
  • Spiral Paper Filler replaces foam peanuts as an easy to use, and easy to clean up, void fill option.

All three products have the benefits of paper-based products, being curbside recyclable, compostable, renewable, and made from responsibly-sourced paper. In addition, they are available from US-based manufacturer Seaman Paper which helps reduce the transit time and ocean freight costs from overseas production.

New supplier options in China

Previously, Chinese suppliers were only available to Lumi Managed customers. Now, anyone with a Lumi subscription plan can send quote requests, get pricing, place orders, and send messages directly with hundreds vetted factories in the US and China. Factories in China are a good option for many plastic and fabric items. They're also an efficient choice if your packaging is shipped to a co-packer in China. Browse suppliers in China →

Poly mailers and fabric bags

With high-quality rotogravure capabilities and more affordable tooling, Chinese factories are a great fit for products such as poly mailers, compostable poly mailers, and standup pouches. Inner bags span a range of materials, from clear plastic and frosted plastic to various fabrics.

Boxes, cartons, and collateral

Sourcing paper items overseas can be an opportunity to optimize your supply chain if you're already receiving finished or kitted goods from China.

New suppliers on Lumi

Great news! More suppliers have joined Lumi, opening up more options for product categories that you can order:

To find the suppliers manufacturing these products, use the Products filter in the supplier directory to search for the product you're looking for. Need a hand with your first quote request? Use this guide to get started.

Big day! We're so excited to share with you one of our biggest releases to date. 

Lumi Supplier Search

With Lumi Search finding the right suppliers and products is now easier than ever, and we've made it free for anyone to use!

  • Search thousands of suppliers in the United States, Mexico and Canada, with more countries coming soon
  • Filter suppliers by location, capabilities and certifications
  • Supplier profiles offer a detailed look at each factory's capabilities and related locations
  • Explore lists of suppliers curated by the Lumi team
  • Filter products by materials, sustainability properties and minimum order quantities
  • Dark mode! For all the night owls out there 🦉

If you're a paying member, you can also access these extra features:

  • Supplier scorecards with performance data from other Lumi members
  • Save suppliers to your supplier list
  • Kick off a multi-supplier quote request

Lumi Marketplace Beta

We're opening up the new version of Lumi to beta users — sign up here. If you are an existing customer and would like to join the beta, contact us. We'll be making these new features available to all users over the next few months.

  • Quote requests now allow you to either directly quote with one or more of your saved suppliers, or send your request to any relevant suppliers to quote — or both!
  • Message with suppliers on quotes and orders
  • Items have been revamped, with a new item and spec creation workflow
  • Supplier list helps you track your saved suppliers, and all your activity with them
  • New Dashboard home helps you see active orders and quotes at a glance

    Operating Manual

    To help you learn how to use these new features we've created the Operating Manual, searchable guides on how to use the Lumi Platform to source sustainable packaging and manage your supply chain. We'll be adding to it frequently, so let us know if you see anything missing!

    Packaging Styles

    Meet the Packaging Styles library — a new way to navigate packaging vocabulary through a visual dictionary of Styles, Details, and Standards.

    With Styles, you can explore the tradeoffs between different options and better communicate what you're looking for when working with packaging Experts. We started by focusing on the most popular styles of boxes.

    You can find styles in the Packaging Styles Library or by browsing product pages such as these:

    New plastic-free packaging options

    More and more Lumi members are exploring plastic-free packaging alternatives. That's why we're excited to add three new plastic-free products to the catalog.

    The first is Honeycomb Paper Wrap, a paper-based void fill alternative to bubble wrap or foam rolls, which you may also know as Geami. When pulled, the paper expands to open up honeycomb-like cells that hold space around a product.

    Two new paper-based padded mailers were also added. Honeycomb Paper Padded Mailers are lined with honeycomb paper, and Fluted Paper Padded Mailers are lined with a layer of corrugated board. These new mailer options are plastic-free alternatives to other padded mailers that use plastic bubble lining such as Poly Bubble Mailers.

    These products are also made from recycled content and are curbside recyclable.

    Insulation is here

    Thermal insulation has been added the Lumi Catalog. Four types of insulation can now be quoted with manufacturers in the network.

    Thermal insulation keeps temperature-sensitive products, like food and medicine, stable in transit. All the new insulation types can be cut to custom sizes and comes covered in a sleeve or liner that can be custom printed.

    All four insulation options are more sustainable alternatives to styrofoam with comparable performance characteristics. Where they vary most is in weight and recovery options (recyclability, compostability).

    Compostable Poly Mailers

    Poly Mailers are one of the most popular packaging products, yet they are notoriously challenging to recycle and are made from non-renewable materials. Today we’re announcing our new array of Compostable Poly Mailers that help move the ecommerce industry towards more sustainable options.

    A few months ago Vox published a fantastic article titled “No online shopping company can figure out how to quit this one plastic bag”, explaining why poly mailers continue to be so prevalent and difficult to eliminate from supply chains. In summary, no other product provides the same combination of properties: a great printing surface, water-repellent, low cost per unit, and lightweight to reduce shipping costs and emissions.

    We set out to find a better way to make poly mailers that meet the needs of businesses but also move the industry towards more sustainable options. We’ve worked with factories in the Lumi Network to provide compostable PLA and PBAT Poly Mailers, while maintaining similar printing quality, costs and lead times.


    Pura Vida is one of the first Lumi customers to use the new Compostable Poly Mailers

    Proof Management

    The proof approval workflow can now be managed entirely in your Lumi Dashboard. Here are some of the new features we launched today:

    • Monitor proof statuses
    • Approve or reject proofs
    • Track who approved proofs and when
    • View rejected proofs
    • Improvements to the proof page

    Publications

    We're also excited to launch Publications! Multi-page printing and binding capabilities help you create magazines, catalogs, booklets, and newspapers to bring your content offline.

    We've found a lot of inspiration from Lumi users designing publications to provide product information, share new products, or just engage folks in their community.

    Options span the gamut from full color digital printing, or with lithography for more accurate Pantone color-matching. From newsprint to glossy cover stock, the paper options are nearly endless.

    Collateral is here! We're talking about paper — flat, folded, glued, in just about any size, construction style, and paper stock you can dream up. Use collateral to welcome customers to your community, promote a new product, or provide product instructions.

    Print your collateral digitally in full color, or with lithography using Pantone matching. For a special touch, consider spot coatings, lamination, emboss, deboss, or foil stamping.

    We've beta tested this collection for over a year, and now it's available in your Lumi supply chain across all geographic regions. Here are eight new collateral products to get your juices flowing.