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Drastic Plastic: 10 Tips on how every musician can reduce plastic waste 0

Festival wasteThe recycling of plastic waste is vital. It’s all about numbers, numbers that are hard to grasp, I did read that there’s been a 379 million ton increase in plastic production since the 1950s and, that a staggering 91% of the 8.3 billion tons of plastic waste at this moment in time…are not being recycled.

More and more household named brands are announcing plans to reduce the number of new plastics they use, to appeal to younger shoppers, while the music industry itself is working on various projects to combat plastic issues.

Festivals stand out a mile, completely littered with plastic of all kinds, sure, it gets cleaned up, but the cost is colossal. The way we listen to music has changed, as we favour downloads, it’s been calculated that literally millions and millions of boxes of software, CDs, DVDs and their plastic cases are ending up in landfills or incinerators. One guitar manufacturer in the USA actually encourages recycling old strings, not plastic of course, but it all helps and other large brands are taking note and making inroads.

But that’s all the big guys, so the most important question here is, what can we, as musicians do to help? Let’s start with life on the road.