Plastic Sleeves

Plastic sleeves-in terms of optical media-are a type of transparent packaging designed to protect compact discs (CDs) and Digital Versatile Discs (DVDs) when it comes to storage and transport. They are comprised of vinyl or poly plastic materials and are designed with a tightly fitting slot to keep the disc in place. The slot is open at one end for disc retrieval. This form of packaging is a comparable alternative to the standard paper sleeve, with the exception that a vinyl or poly plastic sleeve allows your entire disc and its artwork to be seen.

Plastic SleevesThe plastic sleeves are generally designed with a fold-over flap that serves to prevent discs from sliding out during handling or usage; however plastic sleeves without flaps are available from some manufacturers and suppliers.

The flaps come in overlay or adhesive styles. This means the flaps can fold over the entire sleeve or cover just an inch of it while they stay fixed in place. The sleeve a user chooses may depend on how often they plan to access the disc.

When the flap is folded over the sleeve's opening, the sleeve resembles a near perfect square (at 5.1 inches by 4.9 inches, although measurements can vary) in order to accommodate the disc. The storage capacity of vinyl and poly plastic sleeves can safely accommodate up to two discs per sleeve.

Some poly plastic sleeves are equipped with an inner cloth-like layer to further shield your disc from scratches and other surface damage. The nature of the smooth plastic on the vinyl sleeves can also safeguard against scratches as well as dust build-up.

Vinyl and poly plastic sleeves are compatible with a variety of media projects encompassed under distribution, marketing and storage. They provide lightweight, streamlined packaging while still maintaining a professional look.

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