2 June 2008 @ 9:01Staples to sell self-destructing DVDs

FlexplayStaples is set to begin selling self-destructing DVDs, made by Flexplay, which will render themselves unplayable within 48 hours of breaking the packaging’s seal. The discs will go on sale sometime this month for $4.99 each.

Flexplay claims that the discs are “fully recyclable and conform to all applicable EPA environmental standards.” Unfortunately, just because something is said to be recyclable, that doesn’t mean that consumers will always recycle it. These discs will inevitably amount to more trash in landfills.

It will be interesting to see whether the majority of consumers will embrace this technology. My gut feeling is that they won’t. Consumers may be more inclined to spend the same money with Netflix or Blockbuster and not increase waste.
[via PC World]

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  1. Jeremy | 02 Jun 2008 @ 15:44 #

    you know… to encourage recycling with repeat customers… They could offer a $1 credit per returned, used discs. It seems that if Flexplay were truly concerned about the environment and recycling, they would budge a little for this.


  2. Jon | 02 Jun 2008 @ 15:48 #

    I agree. There is no compelling reason to buy these AND recycle them, when for the same amount of money, a person can rent movies that do not produce more waste.

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