Paper Sleeves

Paper sleeves are an optical media packaging widely used for mailing and other distribution. Their essential design is a square envelope made of paper, occasionally featuring a transparent plastic window that partially reveals the artwork or logos of the disc placed inside. The paper itself may also be featured in an array of colors. These sleeves are suited to the size of CDs and DVDs.

Paper CD SleeveFold-over flaps are a feature added to a number of paper sleeve variations. The flaps are in place to prevent the disc from shifting or falling out of the sleeve. The flaps usually don't carry an adhesive strip, but some adhesive flaps are available on the market. The absence of the adhesive strip makes for easy and repeated retrieval of the CD or DVD.

Paper sleeves are the most cost-effective, low maintenance and eco-friendly option when it comes to packaging optical media. However, these sleeves are not without their shortcomings. Their presentation factor is minimal and less professional when compared against custom printed cardboard sleeves or a plastic case variation. A user may need to rely on the disc's artwork to make their project stand out in a paper sleeve.

In addition, the sleeve's construction often makes it a secondary packaging. To keep the disc from breaking, scratching or enduring other damage, the paper sleeve may not be enough to shield it. The disc within this type of sleeve may be confined to in-house distribution or it may have to be housed within a tougher case for ultimate protection.

When using a paper sleeve, a user's discs must be handled with the utmost care. If a CD or DVD is hastily inserted into one, it may suffer from some abrasions.

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