We live in a digital age. Every day we figure out ways to make things digital. Our contacts are digital. Our banking is digital. Our newspapers are digital, and even our music and movies are digital. Which is what I want to talk about today.
I think people may be underestimating the environmental impact of digitizing our music and movies. Companies like Spotify, Itunes, Hulu and Netflix have really changed a huge part of the entertainment industry. And from an environmental viewpoint, they’ve changed it for the better.
In 2013, CD sales dropped by 14 %. DVD and Bluray sales dropped by 8%. More and more people choose to either buy their movies and music online, or stream them directly from the provider. This causes a huge decline in tangible media sales. If you’ve been following this blog, you probably know what that means: Less physical products produced means less toxins and waste created in manufacturing, but also less packaging materials and transportation. All of these add up to a better environment.
Personally, I’ve never bought many CD’s. I don’t listen to a lot of music, and when I do I use Spotify. Movies however, I’ve bought a LOT. I really love watching movies and series, and I’ve bought many DVDs and DVD-boxes over the years. But now I watch things one Netflix instead.
Of course, it hasn’t been perfected yet. Netflix doesn’t offer all the movies and series in the world, and sometimes it takes a while for a new movie to be available. But Netflix is growing and so is the rest of the digital world. Soon we might be able to make tangible media obsolete. I could see that happen, but only time will tell.
For now, try switching to digital media, see if you like it. Maybe you can cut out tangible media entirely, and bring yourself one step closer to a greener, more sustainable lifestyle.
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