Bioplastic discs could help decarbonize the music industry, developer says

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Bioplastic discs could help decarbonize the music industry, developer says

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LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – A sugar-based alternative to vinyl could help decarbonise the music industry, its developer says.

UK-based Evolution Music says its bioplastic can be used to make records and aims to make it easier for labels and artists to stop using plastic without changing existing machinery or production processes in record pressing factories.

Mark Carey, acting CEO of Evolution Music, said sonically and in terms of EQ, the music recorded on Bioplastic Records was “absolutely perfect”.

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“[In] There is some surface noise between the lead and the track. If you like that, if you’re a 70s fan, you like that little crackle, great,” he said, adding that they’re still developing the product.

“We have a unique recipe, but we are a (research and development) company – we will continue to iterate on R&D to improve it,” he said.

According to the co-founder of Music Declare Emergency (MDE), a music industry climate action campaign group that began with a declaration of around 3,000 artists, from Napalm Death to Julian, the artists of the disc will be interested in switching to bioplastic for their physical products. Lloyd Webber.

Mark Carey, CEO of Evolution Music, holds a bioplastic record made of a sugar-based alternative to vinyl in London, Britain September 8, 2022. REUTERS/Stuart McDill

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“Vinyl production is toxic in many ways and involves all sorts of environmentally harmful processes, but we love vinyl. What is the solution? Find a non-toxic way to do this. Hey, presto, we’ve got it here,” said MDE co-founder Lewis Jamieson.

Despite the popularity and instant access to digital media and easy-to-use streaming sites like Google and Spotify, vinyl record sales have grown over the past decade.

Rich sound, cover art, and the ability to cradle a vinyl record in your hand contribute to the growing emotional appeal of LPs.

“The music industry, the creative industries, should be at the forefront of innovation…and generally, cultural change affects political and social change,” Carey said.

The first record made with Evolution’s bioplastic was pressed at Press on Vinyl, a Middlesbrough record company. It features part of the electronic duo Bicep.

Carey said he believes that once a major artist or band chooses to use bioplastics instead of vinyl, the industry will never be the same.

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Reporting by Stuart McDill, Editing by Alexandra Hudson and Aurora Ellis

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