Company Creates World’s First Bioplastic Disc to Help Musicians Sell Their Music in a Greener Way
MIAMI– Vinyl is making a comeback, and a British company claims to have created the world’s first bioplastic disc to help musicians sell their music in a greener way.
Traditional vinyl records are made from polyvinyl chloride, commonly known as PVC, and described by Greenpeace as “the most environmentally harmful plastic”.
Marc Carey, CEO of Evolution Music, says many people are surprised to learn that vinyl manufacturing is incredibly toxic.
“We know it’s PVC, so there’s chlorine gas in it. There’s also dioxins in it,” Carey says.
This led Carey on a four-year journey to reinvent the record, turning black vinyl into green.
“I want sustainable products in a 21st century environment,” he says. “So I had to start a new business and do it myself.”
Evolution Music is turning the tables, testing a secret, eco-friendly recipe including sugar and starches – producing records it hopes will one day become industry standard. It’s music to the ears of artists. Producer Rob Cass explains what sounds he looks for when he places a bioplastic record on the turntable.
“I listen to all the pops, crackles, surface noises and that’s fine,” he says.
The head of Cave Productions says he believes the sound of bioplastic records rivals viny.
“We think the quality is extremely high, about as high as vinyl. Maybe 95%,” he says.
Blood Records founder Craig Evans says his jaw dropped when he heard the bioplastic record.
“The first time I heard one of these trial pressings, I couldn’t believe what I was listening to was mostly bioplastic and plant waste,” he says.
REM’s Michael Stipe and pioneering American artist Beatie Wolfe are among the musicians getting into the groove.
“Artists are increasingly shouting at labels that we need to be more environmentally conscious,” Evans says.
Vinyl sales in the United States topped $1 billion last year, the first since the mid-1980s. Evolution Music also says that once in full production, their bioplastic records will cost about the same. price than vinyl records.