SD cards with less plastic

Rise Above Plastics already wrote about an SD flash memory card purchase at Costco, but that’s not what I was thinking about yesterday when I walked to Radio Shack to buy a 8gig SD card on sale. But it turns out that SanDisk product also was in less plastic packaging, though without the handy carrying cases seen on the other blog. Like the Costco purchase — though I can’t think why I would ever shop there — I had to have someone give me the memory cards. Don’t know if that’s a function of the smaller packaging, or the fact these are small high-value products, and I haven’t shopped around to see if SanDisk is so lightly packaged everywhere.  Readers?

The tally? 5 grams of plastic waste and a flash memory card so small it didn’t even register on the kitchen scale. Compared to more than 30g of plastic waste for an equal amount of DVD storage — make that 186g if using CDs — and flash memory is more convenient to reuse.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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