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Mr.Starkey
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FlavoredEnvelopesGCP:Interview
EmailedInterview
Theinterviewhelpedcreatetheideaofflavoredenvelopesbecausethereisnowmoreinformation
thatwasnotknownbeforetheinterview.ThequestionswereansweredbyamanwhoworkedataUPS
company.HereareMacksanswerstoeleveninterviewquestions.
1. Q:Whatareenvelopesmadeof?A:Anenvelopeisaflat,flexiblecontainer,madeofpaperor
similarmaterial,thathasasingleopeningandaflapthatcanbesealedovertheopening.The
envelopeisusuallysealedbywettinganareaoftheflap.Someenvelopesaresealedwithametal
fastener.Othersaresealedwithapieceofstringthatwrapsaroundflat,circularpiecesof
cardboardattachedtotheenvelope.Mostpaperusedinthemanufactureofenvelopesisderived
fromwood.Thewoodismechanicallyorchemicallyprocessedtoproducepulpthatisthen
pouredonmeshscreeningandsqueezedthroughrollerstoremovethemoisture.Theformed
sheetsofpapermovethroughaseriesofheatedcylindersthatdrythepaperfurther.Thesheets
arethenwoundonreels.
2. Q:Howdoyoumakeanenvelope?A:Foldastandardsized(8.5x11)pieceofpaperintofour
halves.Aneasywaytodothisisfoldingthepaperintohalf,thenfoldingitinhalfagain.This
willoutlinethefoursquaresyouwillusetomakeanenvelope.Afteryoufoldthepaper,unfold
it,andyouwillseethefoursquares.Cutthepaperintohalves.Youcancutdownthehorizontal
orverticalfold,aslongasthepaperisintwopieces.Foldthetwohalvesofpaperintotwo
rectangles.Thetwohalvesofthepaperwilleachhaveonecreasedownthemiddle.Foldthe
paperalongthiscreaseagaintomakeeachhalfintoarectangle.Tapetogetherthe

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openleftandrightsides.Usetapetosecurelyclosethetwoopenedgesoftherectangle,leavingthetop
open.Thetopiswhereyouwillinsertyourletter.
Folddownthetoptomakeaflap.Makeasmallflapbyfoldingdowntheopenedgeoftherectangle.This
willkeeptheletterfromfallingoutoftheenvelope.Aflapthatisabout1/2ofaninchwillwork.
Inserttheletterorcard.Bendbacktheflap,andinsertyourletter,card,orothercontents.Foldtheflap
downagainafterthisisdone.
Gluetheflaptokeepyourmessageenclosed.Placeathinlineofgluealongtheinneredgeoftheflap,
thenpresstheflapdown.Thiswillkeeptheenvelopecloseduntiltherecipientopensit.Youcanalso
securetheflapwithdecorativetapeorasticker.
3.Q:Willweneedanyspecialequipment?A:Rollsofpaper,typicallyweighing220lb(100
kg),areeithercutbeforetheyentertheautomatedmachinethatmakestheenvelopes,orfeddirectlyinto
themachinefromtheroll.Oncecut,thesheetsarestackedandcutintoblanks.Ablankhastheshapeof
anenvelopewithitsflapsopenedandlaidflat.Blanksaregenerallyshapedlikediamondsandarecut
fromthesheetsinsuchawayastominimizewaste.Iftherollisfeddirectlyintothemachine,itcutsthe
paperintoblanksveryquicklywithsharpblades.Themachinealsofoldstheblanksintoenvelopesata
veryrapidpace.Strongglueisalsoappliedtotheplaceswhichwillholdtheenvelopetogether.Aweaker
glueisappliedtotheflapthatwillbesealedbytheconsumer.Themachinethenfoldstheblanktoform
theenvelope.Thecompletedenvelopesarefilledincardboardboxesandshippedtoretailers.
4.Q:Whatistheadhesivesealmadeof?A:Thistypeofglueismadefromgumarabic,whichis
aproductofthehardenedsapfromtwodifferentkindsofacaciatree,whichcanbefoundinwestAfrica
andnorthwesternIndia.

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5.Q:Howdowemaketheadhesiveseal?A:3TBSPwhitevinegar
1envelopegelatin(unflavored)
1TSPvanillaextract
1TSPsugar
Microwavethevinegaruntilitshot,about3045seconds.Thewholepointistodissolvethegelatin.Add
thegelatintothevinegarandstirtodissolve.Oncethegelatinhasdissolved,addthesugarandvanilla
extract.Youshouldendupwithahot,waterymixturethathastheexactcolorofhoney.
6.Q:Willwehavetogetspecialsuppliesfromanywhere?A:Alltheingredientsareavailableat
home.
7.Q:Doyouthinktheadhesivestillworkifflavoringisaddedtoit?A:Yes.
8.Q:Doyouknowanythingaboutflavoredenvelopes?A:No.
9.Q:Willwebeabletomakeanenvelopeourselvesorwillweneedhelp?A:Youcanmakeit
yourselves.
10.Q:Dothesupplieshavetobeimportedfromanywhere?A:No.
11.Q:Howmanyenvelopesshouldbeinonebox?A:500envelopes.