Green Game Packaging - Paper or Plastic?

Wal-Mart promotes green gaming has word that the retail giant has met with representatives of Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo to discuss making console gaming more environmentally friendly. Topics included giving system lower power standby modes, and the possibility of reversing the recent evolution to plastic game packaging by returning to paper and cardboard packaging, with Wal-Mart saying that would reduce the industry's carbon footprint by the equivalent of taking 4000 cars off the road.
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Charlie_Six:
I mentioned my evidence, that nothing biodegrades in the landfill, thus its volume thats more important if its going into landfill (plastic bags are less volume, i.e. can fit into smaller space) rather than biodegradability.
You should have been able to google from the info I gave.
But since not...
Google up Garbage Project (1973-2000 University of Arizona excavated over a dozen landfills). There's other stuff you can google I'm sure, I've seen shows on this on things like PBS channels or discovery.
They've dug up NEWSPAPERS from 50 years ago that were READABLE! That means the paper did NOT biodegrade in landfill.
This project is one of the reasons reason why many communities have been pushing more and more for recycling, trying to intercept things before they hit the landfill since they DO NOT biodegrade in landfill.

Like I said, if you RECYCLE your bags, it doesn't matter, you can recycle both kinds of bags. But if you don't, then plastic is better for landfill because of volume reasons.
Even better, use reusable bags, like canvas bags. Then you don't impact the environment with the creation of the bags, or the energy used to recycle them.
The main problem with plastic is the oil used (its non-renewable resource).


If you want a link, here's one that came up when I googled:

New york times artcle:
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE2DB1E3CF930A2575BC0A964958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all

Given all this, it means that wal-marts move is more a publicity stunt than anything else, for those who belive that paper is better for environment.

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