In the last 6 months, I have given away or sold all the physical media I had been hauling around for years and years. CD’s, cassette tapes, VHS tapes, DVD’s – all gone and never to fill up my house again. I now buy all my music in MP3 format via digital downloads, rent DVD’s from Netflix, or stream them directly to my TV if they are available in that format. Physical media requires so much to make (and dispose of) – toxic inks, dioxins, solvents, PVC, toxic metals, plastic, shipping around the world, etc.. Digital media, on the other hand, lasts forever and creates no waste – and thus my decision to Do One Thing and stop buying physical media. If you can’t stop altogether, I suggest starting with DVD’s that you can always rent when you want to watch them again. That alone could really reduce the amount of physical media we all use and dispose of!
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