First ever playable vinyl made from single-use plastic

I am an advocate for a cleaner, smarter, more eco-friendly way of life.  Because it just makes sense.  We know what we know, and not making a change towards a more eco-friendly existance is a no-brainer, because the alternative is killing us, as well as all other species and our planet.

I am also an avid music fan, specifically music on vinyl.  My parents listened to music all day long, and it was on vinyl.  I was raised on that sound.  And CD’s never cut it for me.  The sound is disturbed.  And don’t get me started on streaming.  It destroys sound.  It is far too metallic and makes my ears sad.

So, I have been researching vinyl and recycled vinyl for a while now.  The purpose of this channel is to bring fellow music lovers together so we can share and learn what we know.  There are producers and artists out there already looking for original, eco-friendly ways record music on recycled plastic, for example.  And, of course, there is the 2nd-hand trader crowd, and there, you can find absolutely everything you need and want.  No need to purchase new prints on new vinyl.  And my objective is to open a spot on the internet for vinyl music lovers who also understand the need for change without destroying the sound!

So, here’s the beginning of my journey on this channel.  I begin with a reproduction of an article originally printed in GQ magazine from last year that I invite everyone to read.


Behind the scenes of the music industry, there are many hidden challenges when it comes to being environmentally friendly. Now most music is streamed or bought online, CD and cassette tapes are no longer the issue. But as vinyls become more and more popular, the production line too is growing. Further action is being taken when it comes to controlling single-use plastic cups at gigs and concerts and now the first vinyl has been created from a collection of ocean plastic. So, if you’re one to ride the waves, protect them and get a buzz from listening to that heartwarming surf acoustic music, add this to your playlist.

Sharp’s Brewery and Nick Mulvey, founding member of the band Portico Quartet, have recorded the track pressed onto this vinyl titled In The Anthropocene. Mulvey explained, “Lyrically, the song explores themes of responsibility and freedom in this time of urgent ecological and social crisis (and opportunity), AKA ‘The Anthropocene’.” Record designer Wesley Wolfe, most well-known for working with Pharrell Williams to make a bespoke clay audio disc, has pressed a collection of plastic from Cornish beaches. Even better, proceeds from both digital streams and sales of the limited-edition vinyl will go to Surfers Against Sewage to help protect British coastlines from all types of pollution, including plastic waste.

“Cornish culture is built around the ocean – whether that’s seafood, surfing or even our own Atlantic Ale,” said James Nicholls of Sharp’s Brewery. “Last year we helped the ocean enter the charts, under Keynvor – which means ‘ocean’ in the Cornish language. I’m excited to say that today we’re really turning the tables on the music industry by releasing In the Anthropocene with Nick Mulvey, by upcycling single-use plastic found on our beaches and turning it into playable ‘ocean vinyl.’”

“I’ve always loved the wildness of the Cornish coast and it feeds something deep in me every time I’m there,” said Mulvey. “My music is about knowing who – or what – we are, right at the core. Aliveness itself, conscious. These times of urgent global crisis are demanding we re-examine ourselves and the world and raise ourselves to match the earth, this wonder-organism from which we are not, and never have been, separate.”

“We are excited to be partnering with Sharp’s Brewery again to raise vital funds to protect our coastlines from plastic pollution and other environmental hazards,” added Hugo Tagholm, CEO of Surfers Against Sewage. “Keynvor, as a musical artist, and the new ‘ocean vinyl’, which uses plastic pollution and turns it into something positive, is a powerful way to help us raise money and continue to spread our message.”


Credits :
Original article printed on GQ.
Nick Mulvey’s In The Anthropocene is available now from Drift Records or to listen to the track on Spotify click here.


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