Using card or paperboard to create your CD or DVD packaging is a great step towards producing a sustainable media project. However, the wide range of ‘eco-friendly’ options available to your may seem overwhelming at first!
In the past we have discussed the difference between using virgin card and recycled card but your ‘green’ options are not limited to recycled cardboard.
Recycled stock may seem like the obvious choice – it utilizes waste material and therefore diverts waste paper from landfill. However, the process through which paper is recycled is key. In the past, people have been concerned that recycled paper is not that eco-friendly because harmful pollutants are required in order to bleach the paper pulp. Fortunately, new methods exist which have the ability to bleach paper whilst only releasing water and oxygen into the atmosphere. Other methods include ‘de-inking’ which simply disperses the ink throughout the paper. Recycled cardboard can add to the aesthetics of your DVD/CD packaging design since it is available in a range of textures and colours.
Alternatively, you could opt for FSC accredited stock. FSC accreditation gives you complete assurance that the paper/card used for your project is not harming the environment since FSC paper comes from sustainable and well-managed forests. So you can your CD/DVD packaging from high-quality virgin paper whilst still being environmentally responsible.
In actual fact, it is often difficult to distinguish between virgin and recycled stock in terms of quality so the decision often just comes down to the overall look and feel you are seeking for your CD or DVD project. If you are unsure of the options available to you then seek advice from your supplier. They will be able recommend a stock which is most suitable for your requirements and provide you with a number of samples to help you make a decision.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on FSC Accredited vs. Recycled Paperboard so please post your comments. Which do you prefer?
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