Greening the CD

Environmentalists are winning the CD wars. THe first battle was over the “longbox,” a thoroughly wasteful piece of cardboard and plastic packaging designed to deter theft, display graphics and make the CD more visible in music store bins originally designed for LP records. By 1992, environmental agitation had killed the longbox, and the standard for CD display became a shrinkwrapped plastic jewel box. But the skirmishes continue, with the main target now the design of the CD case itself.