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Sustainability: The Flatpack

Flatpacks at The Spice House. Fresh Spices. Free shipping.

The Spice House got a facelift in the fall of 2019. We designed new labels, stamped a new metal cap, and rebuilt our website to make it easier for you to explore. We tried to make it beautiful. Mission accomplished—or so we've heard from customers.

We are especially proud of our Flatpack, a beautiful new bag designed for free shipping. If you want fresh spices in small quantities with free shipping and no minimum purchase, then the Flatpack is for you. You can browse our Flatpack collection or select Flatpacks on most of our spice pages.

Customers tell us they love the Flatpack because it ships for free with no minimum purchase. We love the Flatpack because it reduces shipping weight and requires less packaging. How much less packaging? Let’s compare two shipments, each featuring our best-selling Back of the Yards Garlic Pepper Butcher's Rub and Gateway to the North Maple Garlic Seasoning.

Glass Jars

  • 15 ounces of spices in glass jars
  • 3 ounces of recyclable packaging to protect the glass jars
  • 18 ounces total


  • 6 ounces of spices in resealable bags
  • 2 ounces of recyclable mailers
  • 8 ounces total

The Flatpack shipment is less than half the weight of the jar shipment! This reduces our collective carbon footprint and saves you money on shipping. It is a win-win.

We love our glass jars and encourage you to buy them. When it comes time to refill those jars, we encourage you to consider our Flatpacks.





Spice House on April 6th, 2020

Hi Ann L Mayo,

Our Flatpacks will seal airtight like our jars. Air, heat, and light are the enemies of fresh spices. A dark cabinet or drawer will do. The worst place to keep your spices is above the stove because heat from the oven will destroy essential oils in the spices.

ANN L MAYO on April 6th, 2020

Can the spices be left in the flatpacks, or do they need to be transferred to a bottle when we receive them? I am considering ordering some spices that I have not bought from you previously, so i do not have bottles for them, so I wondering about the stability of the spices in the flatpacks. I have thoroughly enjoyed the spices that I have used from your collection.
Thank you.
Ann Mayo

Peter L Berghold on March 6th, 2020

As a frequent flyer customer of yours I thought I’d comment about the flatpacks.

The ecologist in my thinks they are a marvelous idea. The less junk we throw away the better for the ecology in the long run. As a an avid outdoorsman I am all about what is good for the environment as I want to pass my love for the outdoors to the generations that follow me.

That said I’ve already been doing the whole reusable thing. When I started buying from you guys I bought a whole bunch of food service storage containers. Wish I could attach images to this post I would show you the before/after pictures going from lots of plastic bags to all labelled upright containers. This works especially well for me since I buy my spices 8 oz minimum at a time.
Now buying a pound of spice got me in “trouble” once. I didn’t realize how much volume one pound of mustard powder took up. :-)

Anyway, love you guys. I’ll be ordering again soon. I am moving from NJ to NC over the next week or so and am holding off on ordering until I get there.


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