“Green” Music

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October 9, 2012 by finetuningblog

Music brings joys to the world, however some people could argue that the industry isn’t very ‘green.’ Carbon emissions from tour buses, plastic packaging on jewel cases, paper consumption for flyers, and even bottles and cans that go un-recycled during concerts are just the tip of the iceburg. CDs are made up of multiple non-biodegradable products that take hundreds of years to break down. These CDs litter land fills, and may contribute to global warming.

Fortunately, many musicians and organizations are working to fight this.

Barenaked Ladies, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, are interested in the environment. They run their vehicles on biofuel to reduce carbon emissions. Over the course of Summer 2012, they also headlined the “Last Summer on Earth Tour,” during which they promoted alternative sources of energy.

American musician, DJ, and photographer, Richard Melville Hall, more commonly known as Moby, supports PETA and the Humane Society. He also founded the Teany Cafe, which is a new York based Vegan Cafe.

Pearl Jam created the Carbon Portfolio Strategy, which donated $100,000 to various organizations working on climate change and alternative energy. They also have an extensive list of their activism, and efforts to help the world on their homepage.

There are even some CD replication services that are trying to go green…or at least greener. Oasis Disc Manufacturing is a shining example. A bulk of their CDs are made with recycled cardboard sleeves, and cases in an effort to reduce their usage of plastic.

Music may be leaving a larger carbon footprint than it should, but hopefully more musicians will hop on the green ‘band’ wagon, because the show can’t go on if there’s no planet left.

And I think that’s enough music puns for one night.


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