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Gummed Tape

Minimum order quantity: 144

Gummed tape is plastic-free and roadside recyclable, making it a more sustainable way to seal any paper-based package. Choose from two widths and two weights, and customise to complete a branded parcel.

  • Plastic-free
  • Roadside recyclable
  • 3 colour printing
  • Available in 48mm and 72mm
  • Available in 70gsm and 90gsm

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Key features

Carbon footprint

See how the carbon footprint of Sourceful’s gummed tape compares to a benchmark product.

How is this calculated?

Two carbon footprint comparisons between gummed tape and PVC tape, and gummed tape and PP tape.

Reduce your carbon footprint by up to 50%

-50% CO2e

Switching base material and adhesive from a typical PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) tape could reduce your carbon footprint by up to 50%.

-40% CO2e

Switching base material and adhesive from a typical BOPP (Biaxially Oriented PolyPropylene) tape could reduce your carbon footprint by up to 40%.


Understand your entire supply chain

Node map of gummed tape's carbon footprint.
Carbon footprint breakdown of gummed tape.
Emissions from gummed tape's materials. 69% of the total carbon footprint.
  1. Bk

    Brown kraft paper

    Unbleached and uncoated paper made from virgin pulp. Brown kraft paper is the most sustainable material for this gummed tape. Ideal for simple, bold designs and after use, it’s 100% recyclable. Bright colours will appear more muted on brown kraft tape.
  2. Wk

    White kraft paper

    Bleached paper made from virgin pulp. White kraft paper has a higher carbon footprint than brown kraft paper but colours appear much brighter.
  3. 70


    A durable, standard weight for gummed tape. 70gsm has a smaller carbon footprint than 90gsm as less material is used.
  4. 90


    90gsm is thicker and stronger than 70gsm but more material is needed to produce it. This increases its cost and carbon footprint. 90gsm is the best option for sealing heavy or wider packages.
  5. 48


    48mm is the industry-standard width for tape. Suitable for the majority of use cases.
  6. 72


    72mm tape is stronger than 48mm but uses more material to produce. Ideal for heavier or wider packages as the tape covers a greater surface area.
  7. Sa

    Starch-based adhesive

    Made from potato starch. Gummed adhesive needs to be activated by water before it can be applied. This can be done manually or with a tape dispenser. A starch-based adhesive doesn’t affect recyclability.
  8. Si

    Solvent-based ink

    Solvent-based inks use solvents such as propyl acetate as their primary base. Commonly used for gummed tape as water-based inks are not compatible with the water-activated adhesive. Solvent-based inks offer a high-quality print finish but do have a higher carbon footprint than water or vegetable-based inks.
  9. Cb

    Core board

    Used for the core of tape rolls. Core board allows tape to be handled, stored, transported and easily used. Core board is 100% recyclable.

Supply chain assurance

A resilient, responsible supply chain


We validate all supplier claims and third-party certifications such as ISO, BRC and FSC. And we ensure suppliers adhere to UK and EU laws on chemicals and product components, like UK REACH. This allows businesses to confidently buy high-quality products that align with a net-zero trajectory.

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Vetted suppliers

We visit and vet every supplier we work with. We use our code of conduct to do this, which defines what we consider to be ethical working conditions. To work with Sourceful, suppliers and their manufacturing sites must meet this code. We then review their practices every year.

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Quality control

Every order from our suppliers undergoes a quality inspection process before it’s shipped. Any order that fails quality inspection is returned to the manufacturer or reproduced immediately.

For orders manufactured internationally (outside the UK) we follow the Acceptable Quality Limit (AQL) method defined by ISO standards in ISO 2859 - 1.

For orders manufactured domestically (inside the UK), our suppliers perform the quality inspection process which we then verify through spot checks throughout the year.

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