Disney unveils DVDs that self-destruct in 48 hours: I’m not a big environmental rights guy, but do we really need another disposable anything? The amount of landfill waste the computer industry generates alone is bad enough — should we be encouraging people to throw DVDs in there as well?
“If Walt Disney Co. gets its wish, an experimental type of DVD will begin flying off store shelves Tuesday, and self-destructing 48 hours later. …
The red DVDs turn an unreadable black 48 hours after their packages are opened — exposing them to oxygen, which reacts with the disc in a process similar to how Polaroid film develops.”
There’s a plan to allow consumers to send back the useless DVDs for recycling instead of throwing them away, but — come on — if I’m too lazy to return a DVD to the rental store, am I going to take the time to mail it somewhere?