I recently decided to convert my CD collection from CDs to Mp3s and put them on a media server. I’ve got hundreds of CDs, so I suspect this will take a while. I know there are services that will do it for me, but don’t really feel like paying for it.
I started toward the latter end of the alphabet, and soon got to U2. That’s when it hit me. Sometime in the early to mid 1990s, there was a lot of chatter about CD packaging and the waste associated with it. A lot of people began using “eco-friendly packaging“. My copy of Achtung Baby, for instance, is a morass of cardboard folds. It takes me about 5 minutes to find the disc and remove it.
I’m looking at all of my current CDs, however, and don’t see any of the fluffy cardboard wrappers. Is this yet another example of lefty causes that sound great until you actually ask consumers to buy into it? Did customers reject the environmentally conscious outer shell in favor of the plastic case that will live for eternity in the American landfill?