Sellotape gets right up my nose. Everything biodegradable on my presents except for that sticky little glistening strip. Now some of you may be thinking chill, Sellotape is cellophane and therefore biodegradable. To which I will waspishly reply
“NO! I checked it out.” I wrote to Sellotape and they said they now only used plastic to make their tapes.
You might think masking tape being made of paper could be used instead but the adhesives often contain synthetic chemicals.

Here are some compostable, biodegradable and recyclable paper tapes with better glues.


These guys make tape – lots of it and they have a biodegradable option. I have not bought for them and the following was taken from the website. 
Paper ecoLogois an eco-friendly packaging tape. It is not only made of unbleached paper with a high content of recycled fibres. It also features a solvent-free adhesive free from any toxic chemicals. The tape is ideal for sealing shipping cartons. It allows easy tearing by hand, but proves to be sturdy and reliable, as soon as it is applied to a carton, parcel or envelope. Use it as a universal packaging tape for same-material carton sealing and packaging.

  • 60% bio-based packaging tape
  • Strong backing made from unbleached paper
  • Core made from 100% recycled cardboard
  • Contour cuff made from 80% recycled cardboard
  • Solvent-free adhesive
  • Good sealing security
  • Hand-tearable
  • Suitable for use with all tesapack® hand dispensers


Brown Kraft Tape labels

I have used this self adhesive packaging tape. It is paper based and has a silicone free backing and is 100% recyclable and it is claimed biodegradable. It is  used by professional graphic and art houses for the mounting of pictures and photographs during framing.It comes on cardboard rolls and you can get it in all different widths.

It works really well and sticks to just about everything. You can use it with gift wrap for presents, (read more here), but I have also sent it through the post on parcels and it has remained secure. Plus it is great for labelling stuff. Sticks to glass for a surprisingly long time – even in damp conditions.


I can only buy this on line and it sometimes come packed in plastic. Check with the supplier.
Tapes Direct sell it and  I got some from Ebay.

Green Stationary
This online company also sell a biodegradable tape. Here is the blurb
“Eco paper packing tape, 50 metre long rolls of 50mm wide parcel packing tape made from brown 100% recycled paper, with a latex-based adhesive – a totally biodegradable tape to seal your parcels.  Hi tac gives strong adhesion to boxes and cartons. Sold individually, this product has a matt finish.”
I have to bought from them so I don’t know what the onward packaging is like…….

And of course…


Being committed to local shopping, I prefer to buy that way whenever possible. I would encourage you to do the same. One of the joys of living plastic free is mooching round the local shops seeing what you can source.

If you can’t buy local please do check the links above to the suppliers and buy direct from them and support their online businesses.

If you can’t do that then I have put together and Amazon catalogue. Yes I know…

50mm Brown Self Adhesive Picture Frame Backing Tape 50m Roll 60 gsm Eco 15 75mm Brown Self Adhesive Picture Frame Backing Tape 50m Roll 60 gsm Eco 15 25mm Brown Self Adhesive Picture Frame Backing Tape 50m Roll 60 gsm Eco 15
50mm Brown Self Adhesive Picture Frame Back…
75mm Brown Self Adhesive Picture Frame Back…
25mm Brown Self Adhesive Picture Frame Back…
Amazon is a very dirty word at the moment and I thought long and hard before suggesting them.  Heres why I went ahead….. No we are not entirely happy with Amazons recent history. However, we have always found their service to be good and their packaging usually compostable.

If you buy a product via this link we do get an affiliation fee for this. This is not why we do it.



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