With so much interest in the, the plastic box passed me by. What plastic box? Well, exactly.
Instead of being sold in the traditional oversized cardboard box, with a thin cardboard outer singing its praises and a chunky, corrugated cardboard inner to stop the CD rattling around, Windows Vista comes in a clear, hard plastic box. It's much like the clear, hard plastic iPod packaging that Apple introduced last September.
I didn't like it when Apple moved to plastic packaging, and I don't like it from Microsoft either. What planet are these companies living on? Not the one where global warming threatens to wipe out polar bears and drown low-lying island nations, apparently. We all need to be consuming less, not more.
The Vista boxes are made of PET, so they can be recycled -- but recycling plastic often means putting it on a ship and sending it to China, with all the consequent burning of fossil fuels and polluting of the ocean that that involves -- not to mention the possibility of the whole lot ending up on a beach in Devon. At least cardboard is biodegradable.
Microsoft could show some leadership in this area, by putting Vista in a small, recycled, recyclable, biodegradable cardboard box. Never mind theof Home Premium and Ultimate -- I'm waiting for Vista Environment, the one that does a little less harm to the world we live in.