CD Packaging Study: “It Isn’t Easy Being Green”
"Comparing Packaging Options For Compact Discs – A Environmental & Toxicological Assessment," a new RIAA and NARM joint study of CD packaging highlights the environmental impact of various CD packaging options.
Think moving from less plastic to more cardboard – even recycled cardboard – is the answer to going green? Think again. Some new packaging still uses a bit of plastic to hold the CD in place and that creates a "mixed" recyclable that can be even more difficult to dispose of. Even all-cardboard cases cause problems unless you use just the right adhesives since most glues contain carcinogens.
The 69 page study recommends an open dialog between artists, labels and suppliers to find and use the greenest available packaging for each project and the use of eco-labeling to keep consumers informed. Or we could all just go digital…