Re: [Videolib] Green" DVD Packaging

Matt Bailey (
Mon, 3 Nov 2008 13:08:21 -0600

You may not want to hear this, but any "green" packaging (or for that
matter, any non-standard DVD packaging) goes straight into the
recycling bin here. Durability of the case and the avoidance of damage
to the disc itself is a major issue here, as is the ability to apply
labels to the spine of the case, so anything that doesn't come in a
standard plastic DVD case gets put into one. We use mostly second-hand
cases for this repackaging, so we're not total monsters.

Are there standard DVD cases made with recycled plastic? That seems
like a much better option for libraries than paper packaging.


> Just wanted to ask any libraries or distributors on the use of
> "green" DVD
> packaging. We've noticed a few companies using the new flat, paper
> cases for
> their titles and wanted to know if there were any issues for
> libraries in
> cataloging or storing them, any preferences, etc.

Matt Bailey
Media Resources Coordinator
Laurence McKinley Gould Library
Carleton College
One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057

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