Despite years of predictions to the contrary, the digital age we live in still smiles on the recordable compact disc (CD-R). Unfortunately, CD-Rs can’t be rewritten — once you’re done with the data, the disc is trash. Recycling efforts are scattered, and each year millions of discs and their plastic cases end up in landfills or incinerators, leaching chemicals into the soil, water, and air. Rewritable CDs (CD-RWs) have been around for a while, but the product hasn’t caught on. Eco-friendly office supplier Green Earth packs CD-RWs in recycled plastic cases (the first we’ve ever seen), and they sell the discs in bulk, making it easy to stock up. After all, CD-Rs aren’t going anywhere—at least for a little while.

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This article originally appeared in Plenty in April 2008.

Copyright Environ Press 2008

Trade this for that: Compact discs
CD-Rs are wasteful. Why not try CD-RWs packaged in recycled plastic?