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An Inconvenient Truth About Packaging

3 Dec, 2007 By: Stephanie Prange

DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, HD DVDs, CDs and even a few straggling laserdiscs are taking over my house.

As a design minimalist who frequents Ikea, the clutter is starting to drive me crazy.

Therefore, the Blu-ray Discs, HD DVDs, DVDs and CDs are going in folders.

I know I got a lot of flak from folks when I wrote a column about putting all of our kidvids into DVD folders. I justified it by saying the kids were abusing them anyway and they were mostly TV show compilations.

But now I don't know how to justify what I am doing to the purist DVD collector other than to say I simply have no more room.

We put all of the CDs and DVDs in neat little folders, and it looks great.

I've even begun putting my Blu-ray Discs and HD DVDs into folders, discarding the cases immediately.

It's been torture throwing away some of these carefully designed cases. I frankly couldn't bear to toss the extended version cases of the “Lord of the Rings” series.

But I can no longer stand to live among stacks of discs.

The only remaining packaged videos in my house are TV DVDs, which are already pretty compact and will go in the drawers intact.

Are these cases recyclable? I get different answers, but I think the best solution is to minimize packaging.

I would love to see the video industry take more strides toward slimmer, more convenient packaging. While some may think bigger is better, I'm betting the squeezed American consumer is going the other way.

I don't want a bigger car because it guzzles more gas, and I don't want bigger packaging because is clutters the limited space in the house.

I've made the case before that discs are a very convenient way to store movies. Now, if only the disc packaging industry would reach a space-saving standard, we'd be able to buy more discs and store them without cluttering every surface in the house.

The slimmest case I ever received was the one for Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. It was made of cardboard like the old record album covers. I'd love to see more of the same.

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