Tyvek Sleeves

A Tyvek sleeve is a type of compact disc packaging that is constructed like an envelope and may come with a clear plastic window. This form of packaging offers higher sleeve durability than those constructed from paper.

Tyvek CD-DVD SleeveTyvek is a smooth, lightweight, nonwoven synthetic material developed by American chemical company DuPont and publicly introduced in 1967. The material's characteristics make it a sturdy disc packaging option, as Tyvek is waterproof yet breathable and nearly damage-resistant against tears and perforations. Tyvek is used in a number of different capacities other than compact disc sleeves that include but are not limited to: construction, vehicle covers, medical packaging and hazmat apparel.

The material weighs less than paper, which adds to its appeal when considering potential disc shipping or storage. Its smooth, nonabrasive surface will be gentler on compact discs as one risks scratches and disc errors with paper packaging.

A Tyvek sleeve's basic measurements conform to the size of a compact disc. The rectangular sleeve will measure approximately 5 and 1/8 inches by 5 inches when its closure flap is folded down. A fold-over flap on the sleeve prevents the disc from falling out of the envelope when in transit. The transparent window allows users to easily view on-disc custom artwork. Variations including no transparent windows or no closure flaps are available on the market as well as Tyvek sleeves in assorted colors.

Due to its thin dimensions, consumers will not see compact discs commercially distributed at retail stores in Tyvek sleeves. While Tyvek shields the disc from superficial damage, it can only shield it from a limited amount of heavy pressure. Tyvek sleeves can be custom printed by media duplication services, however, the demand is lower for printed Tyvek sleeves compared to its paper counterparts.

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