CD DVD Eco Friendly Packaging Green Jackets & Sleeves
Recycled Paper Disc Packaging, Soy Inks, Environmentally Friendly Plastic Free
Examples of Eco Friendly Green CD DVD Disc Packaging
Truly Eco Paper Stock—70-80% Recycled Content and Post Consumer Waste.
Our Truly Eco stock contains 70-80% recycled content, and the post consumer waste portion is about 80%. That’s very high in the industry! You can feel confident that this paper stock meets anyone’s criteria for being Eco. This level of recycled content does make the paper stock softer, so it may not be for every project. But if you are looking for Truly Eco – recycled paper that is truly eco and not just promoted as it, this is the way to go.
Sometimes clients ask us for 100% recycled content. We have ordered it and used it before, but we strongly discourage it as it is very soft. The point thickness can still measure high, but if the recycled content is too high, that paper is almost too “flimsy”.
What is Recycled Paper? How is it Defined?
If you are eco –conscious, you should be aware that many of the stocks out there that are promoted as “eco –friendly” and “recycled paper” stock, but they only contain a small percentage of recycled stock. Actually, all paper contains some amount of recycled stock, but it doesn't seem fair to promote regular paper as suddenly being recycled paper. That’s a bit misleading, we feel.
Is there a standard? Well yes, the EPA set one. They say that recycled paper is defined as containing over 50% recycled content. So we feel that our Standard stock (even though it’s much higher percentage than proclaimed “recycled stocks”) doesn’t meet the criteria. We have a special stock of paper we do feel comfortable calling Eco,, and we call it Truly Eco. That’s our own name for it, but we feel it needs distinguishing from some stocks that do not meet the EPA criteria.
Jacket , Wallet, Sleeve, Cover, LP? What's the Difference?
The definition doesn’t appear in Wester's, so you’re right to ask. And the answer we’re going to give you is that they are whatever you want them to be. Here’s roughly what we think after our 18 years making them:
~Jackets – Usually 4-panel and up, nice spine thick enough to hold print. The disc can be held with pockets or foam hub, basically anything but a tray - in which case we call it a traypak.
~Wallets- same thing. Sometimes people refer to wallets as bifold or trifold, and usually they don’t have spines?
~Sleeves?– In our minds these are usually 2pp (2 panel).
While we’re at it, how about covers? In our mind, covers are kind of representative of LP covers, which is a special style like a jacket with a thick spine and maybe an inner sleeve?
We don't actually mind what you call them.
LPs- definitely has a retro feel to it. We've made these 2pp, 4pp, and 6pp. Usually has a pocket opening outward. May have a inner disc sleeve like the old albums. Often is uncoated matte, and may be 5 inch or full 12 inch like the old ones. We also do these with book binding which is WAY authentic and cool, albeit more expensive. Here is a page on LPs, just for you LP nuts!
Without getting too far into it, here is a small sampling of popular types that fit into this description - YES WE HAVE MORE.
The Spec for Eco Jacket Disc Packaging
We don't actually mind what you call them. The technical spec is what's really important. Although we do want to know about the look and feel you are trying to achieve because we have great suggestions to help you with that. You know we're all about options, right? Here is what we'll need to quote something of the cover-jacket-wallet-sleeve-LP nature:
- Paper Stock:
Let's go over that in a bit more detail:
- Qty: 500+
- Disc Type: cd, dvd, multi disc, etc.
- Packaging: #panels (2pp, 4pp etc), height(approx 5 inch, 7 inch, etc)
- Printing: 4C/0C or 4C/4C (PIPS),
- and type of ink (soy inks, pantone etc)
- Paper Stock: recycled (20-30%, or 70-80%), coated or uncoated, fiberboard, etc.
- and thickness if need something special - otherwise we'll suggest our standard
- Booklet: # pages, usually C/4C, usually stapled, sometimes folded, if large, let us know if perfect bound
- Any other inserts or inner disc sleeves, etc
- Assembly: insertion, and usually shrink wrap or tab seal
- Shipping: we'll include (let us know addr if outside of US)
Sample Spec, 4pp Tall Eco Jacket with a DVD5:
- Qty: 1000
- Disc: DVD5
- includes disc manufacturing and full color disc printing, up to 5C offset or silkscreening
- Packaging: 4pp Tall jacket (approx 7inch) with pinch pocket
- Printing: 4C/4C - includes inner spines and behind pocket
- Paper Stock: Uncoated matte, recycled 20-30% pcw
- Booklet: none
- Assembly: insertion& shrink wrap
- Shipping: included, one addr US Continental
- Proofing:PDF, Test Disc (data & print) & Color Matchprint
These things comes-with:
- The disc manufacturing (these are pressed discs, replicated, glass mastered)
- Full color disc printing, up to 5C offset or silkscreening - let us know if more than 5C
- PDF proofing for all artwork
- Test Disc- glass mastered & printed (Yes- we make you one actual disc to check over)
- Color Matchprint - hardcopy print out, sent with test disc
- Films, set up cost, etc- all of that is included unless you need to submit new source material after it is made.
FYI, these item do not affect cost:
- Type of paper stock: 20-30% or 70-80% pcw recycled, coated or uncoated white fiberboard
- ! Spot gloss or matte on the disc - if you are not more than 5C, we can throw this in at no charge
- ! Vinyl look disc printing -- no charge if you want to go retro
- Soy inks
- Pantone spot inks if you do 2C instead of 4C/cmyk, no charge
- Sometimes the Die Style - if we already have the tooling, you can use it so you have a good variety to choose from. If it requires more paper or different construction technique, then there may be more cost involved. But for example, the style of the thumbhole will not affect the cost, as long as we have that thumbhole in one of our existing die cutting fixtures.
And if you want something other than the cover-jacket-wallet-sleeve-LP style, don't be afraid to ask. We have more dies and options than you would believe possible.
Lots of looks, Dozens of dies, and pockets a-plentiful
Bottom line- you tell us what you want and we can do it. You don’t want to know how many variations of a 4pp jacket we have. Dozens and dozens and dozens….no kidding. We like to customize and think outside the box, so we do. Perish the thought of ordering one type off a catalog page that looks like everyone else's. Heavens, just tattoo a number on your forehead and get it over with. We have tube pockets and slit pockets and slot pockets, thumb holes wide and deep and shallow, specially shaped guitar thumb holes, diagonal literature pockets, rounded pockets, squared pockets, invisible pockets, vertical pockets, flap pockets, and on and on and on.
We. have. lots. of. pockets.
National Black Programming Consortium—4pp tall jacket diagonal pocket
Cork or Foam Hubs on Your Cd or DVD Eco Jacket?
You bet, foam hubs come in either black or white, and now they're available in natural Cork.
How does an Eco Jacket differ from a regular jacket?
All of our jackets, wallets, and sleeves are very Eco Friendly to start with. They don’t use any plastic. You can hold the disc with a foam hub or just use pockets (and you know that we have a huge variety of pockets, right? Don't forget the pockets. You mustn't forget the pockets.) The paper stock is a wonderful recycled stock paper with 20% - 30% recycled content. And that’s our STANDARD stock. We should talk for a minute on recycled paper, but we’ll do that below. Just know that our STANDARD stock is more than most “recycled paper” stocks out there, which actually have just a teensy bit of recycle content in them. The papers come from FSC certified paper manufacturers, which means, Best Beloved, that they come from paper manufacturers that care.
Dayshapes, a DVD in a 4pp tall hub jacket, Recycled, uncoated
The finish we prefer is generally aqueous as it’s earth friendly. We even have non-toxic shrink wrap or can use tab seals to close the package too. We have magnetic closure, as well – surely magnets are earth friendly? Ours are free range (as far as we know) though. So overall you already are using plastic alternatives, FSC paper with recycled paper with a fairly high percentage of recycled content, good earth friendly finishes, and sealing it in a responsible way– that’s good. You’ve made wonderful choices.
- - No plastic
- Our Standard Stock = 20% - 30% Recycled Content, FSC certified
- - Our standard finish = aqueous, Earth Friendly -Non Toxic Shrink wrap or shrink wrap alternatives
Can they be *even* more Eco Friendly? Yes. For those who want to go one step farther along the Eco edge, we can do it. And we go there all the time.
Ah, we have additional eco-friendly features that you’re going to love. We’ve researched some special paper stocks that are even “eco -ier” than our Standard stock. And we can print with Soy Inks.
- High Percentage Recycled Paper Stock (over 70-80% recycled content and post consumer waste)
- Fiberboard Paper Stock (contains recycled content, end of chain, pulp paper, and is unbleached)
- Soy Inks (vegetable inks)
- - No plastic
Recycled, uncoated -- waaay matte
Many of our clients also prefer a matte look to their projects. Recycled, uncoated is a great way to achieve that:
SEE ALSO MOLLY ZENOBIA FEATURED PROJECT
Fiberboard Stock, FSC Certified Paper
Fiberboard is another level of eco. It uses the end of the chain material – also called pulp – that can’t be used anywhere else and combines it together in a paper stock. The pulp nature gives the paper a texture – kind of fuzzy. The paper is unbleached, so it’s brownish, like kraft paper or a paper bag. Overall it has a very organic look to it, and this paper stock is what we think of first when clients tell us they want an organic look to their title. Because the paper stock is brownish, you need to remember that printing on it will affect your colors. If well thought out, this results in a nice muted tone.
We mentioned above that our papers are FSC certified. What does that mean? Forest Stewardship Council means that they are involved in good practices that encourage longevity of the forests.
Soy Inks, Earth Friendly Finishes
Not a problem. We carry soy inks and print with them frequently. They are less toxic overall – less processing involved in the manufacturing , less clean up environmentally, and easy on the degrading process. We haven’t seen any drawbacks to these yet. You can’t do a pantone match like Coca-Cola Red #xyz, but that seems to be fine to most folks. If you want to see how it’s coming out, we can send you a press proof.
We like to do aqueous as our standard finish. You can see from our product shots that it’s beautiful, and we feel good about less impact environmentally. Aqueous flood coats seal in the ink to keep it from smudging – printed packaging does need some form of sealing – and we think this is the most environmentally friendly one.
For our many of our eco oriented clients, it’s important to not use UV. UV coating is a plastic coating that is cured by UV light. It’s wonderful for certain effects (we use it on titles with special effects like spot UV gloss and matte lamination, absolutely stunning! ) but it doesn’t break down. So unless there’s a special effects need, we opt for aqueous floods. If you have a preference, let us know!
Closure : Non Toxic Shrink wrap & Tab Seals
If you do want shrink wrap, that’s ok. Our shrink wrap is non toxic.
If you prefer to avoid shrink wrap altogether, you might like a tab seal.
And we have one other unique form of closing that’s neither of the above - a magnetic closure!
This is our Moxie, a very popular Film Reel.
How long have we been doing Eco Friendly?
We started exploring eco options over ten years ago, long before other replicators and printers started reworking their web sites to make themselves look like environmentalist groups. We've worked very hard to find resources that met our and our clients’ criteria , and best of all – we’ve had lots of experience manufacturing with them. That’s why you see so many pictures of them on our site.
We want to make a good impact on the world, and we hope our practices and features reflect that. Everyone has a different eco focus it seems (like how some folks prefer paper or plastic in grocery bags – both for good reasons) . With discs and packaging, for some it’s the paper, for some it’s the plastic, and for some it’s the chemicals and finishes. Rest assured that no matter what features you choose on your project with Megalodon, you’re already much higher on the eco friendly scale than you would be elsewhere.
It’s good to see the rest of the world becoming more eco conscious, but it would be better if it weren’t just marketing hype, huh? Some of these clean footprints are looking pretty dirty to us. So we urge you to check the facts, and read the fine print. There’s eco marketing hype, and then there’s what we call truly eco.
Did you forget the Pockets?
No? Good. You mustn't forget the pockets.
We. have. lots. of. pockets.How's THIS for pockets??
With Every Project
Templates are created and sent out when an order is officially placed and the job is set up. Custom Dies take us a little longer.
Disc Manufacturing & Packaging
Disc replication projects include CD or DVD glass master manufacturing, full color disc printing, packaging, assembly, and shipping. Projects do not have overrun charges. Printed packaging is generally full color/cmyk unless special pantone inks are being used.
Test Disc & Color Matchprint — Proofing starts with pdf softproofs and progresses to hardcopy proofsets with a glass mastered test disc and color matchprint.
Additional options: Unprinted Mockups and Press Proofs. Be sure to check out our proofing process page!