Friday, 9 October 2009

Protecting the environment by protecting your CDs, DVD's and video games

It isn’t perhaps the most groundbreaking news story that reveals persistently replacing ruined CDs can be painfully damaging to one’s bank balance. However, less obvious is the damaging impact that a single chip or small scratch to the shiny side of a disc has on the environment. CDs and DVDs are made from materials including polycarbonate plastic, petroleum-based lacquer and paints, aluminum and other metals. These materials release chemicals that contribute to environmental and health problems as well as global warming, both when they are produced and when they are destroyed.
The chemical used in CD cases, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is especially damaging to the environment. It often contains a variety of additives, including lead, making it is the least recyclable, and least recycled, of the major plastics. The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that less than one percent of post-consumer PVC is recovered or reprocessed. That means the remaining 99% either ends up in landfills or is incinerated, a process that releases damaging dioxins into the air.

Attaching d-skin disc protectors to your CDs, DVDs, games and data immediately eliminates the wasteful and costly need to replace ruined discs. Additional damage is then cut further through the removal of having to back-up data onto blank discs. And if that wasn’t enough the skins themselves are packaged in recycled metal containers specifically designed to be used again as CD carriers. Thus negating the need for harmful post-consumer PVC cases. There is an ever-increasing awareness by individuals and companies of the need to reduce polluting practices. Protecting your discs with d-skin should be seen as a very small but potentially significant step in the right direction.
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