Your newer photos are digital but you may still have photos from your pre-digital days. Old family photographs often are family heirlooms and need to be stored carefully in order to protect them. Sure, you can scan them to preserve them forever but you certainly won’t throw the original copies away, will you? The originals need to be protected for as long as possible.
Many people purchase photo albums or photo storage boxes that are “Archival” or “Photo-Safe” or “Permanent.” Writing in the Practical Archivist Blog, Sally Jacobs points out there is no such thing. She writes, “The term ‘archival’ has been applied so loosely and so inappropriately that it’s no longer used in International Standards for photographic materials.” She tells why lignin-free is important. She also describes a Photographic Activity Test that we all should learn about.