Recycled DVD cases are used throughout the optical media industry. They offer a durable and protective packaging solution for DVD media, they are certainly cheaper than premium DVD cases and they are seemingly more eco-friendly. After all, they’re produced from recycled plastic, right?
If you’re looking for a cost-effective, eco-friendly packaging solution for your media project however, recycled DVD cases may not be the best option for you. On a superficial level, recycled cases often have a strong odour which detracts from the professional finish of the project. More worryingly, a well known manufacturer has undertaken research which indicates that there may be dangers to using recycled DVD cases, as the recycled content of many cases does not meet legal requirements, due to the contamination of recycled plastics (Amaray, 2009).
There is an abundance of card-based alternatives to recycled DVD cases in today’s market; the majority of which offer a safe and sustainable solution. For example, the DVD WowWallet is close to the size of a traditional DVD case and even has room for a printed DVD booklet. In fact, it has an edge over a DVD case which can only be branded by the insertion of a DVD wrap – the WowWallet can be printed inside and out and there is no need for the extra collation cost of inserting a wrap. Since wewow only use FSC accredited or 100% recycled board you can be assured of its sustainability.
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