Sanyo Electric's subsidiary Sanyo Mavic Media
has developed MildDisc
which goes to market in December 2003
. The disc is based to poly lactid acid which is produced of corn. It is planned to replace completely plastic compact discs
, because it is recycleable and environmental friendly. The discs developed by Sanyo will degrade after a period of about 50 to 100 years and break down into water and carbon dioxide. When the discs are released, they will be around 3 times more expensive then current CD or DVD recordables, but will drop to 1.2 according to the manufacturer.
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