Evolution Music creates ‘ecologically sound’ 12-inch bioplastic vinyl

By | September 18, 2022

Music and sustainability collective Evolution Music has crafted a 12-inch bioplastic vinyl utilizing present document urgent machines, which options tracks from artists Beatie Wolfe and Michael Stipe.

Hailed because the world’s first commercially accessible 12-inch bioplastic vinyl by Evolution Music, the product is constituted of specifically engineered bioplastic as a substitute of conventional carbon-intensive PVC.

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12 inch vinyl is constituted of bioplastic created by Evolution Music

The 12-inch bioplastic vinyl seems and performs like normal vinyl, consisting of a black disc illustrated with a central graphic sample.

It was made utilizing present document urgent machines and manufacturing processes.

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It’s made utilizing present disc urgent machines

Its A-side options the observe Future, If Future by American musician Stipe, whereas Oh My Coronary heart by British-American artist Wolfe could be performed on its B-side.

The creators of the 12-inch bioplastic vinyl mentioned they had been impressed to design the fabric and product themselves after struggling to seek out “sustainable options for bodily media”.

“It is a robust, environmentally protected compostable materials created particularly to behave and sound the identical as PVC-derived vinyl,” Marc Carey, CEO of Evolution Music, instructed Dezeen.

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Tracks by Michael Stipe and Beatie Wolfe function on the disc

To create the bioplastic, a four-year growth course of concerned figuring out a base polymer that acts in the identical method as conventional PVC, with out producing dangerous substances, in accordance with Carey.

After that, the workforce sourced bio-organic fillers and co-created a stable additive used for plastics referred to as bio-masterbatch.

Evolution Music’s objective was “to create an genuine, really sustainable and eco-friendly biopolymer,” Carey defined.

“We have by no means developed a conventional plastic vinyl – I suppose it is best to ask the PVC makers why they have not [create bioplastic vinyl],” he mentioned.

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Evolution Music aimed to create a “sustainable” product

5 hundred copies of the 12-inch bioplastic vinyl had been initially bought when it was launched earlier this 12 months, with proceeds going to the charity EarthPercent.

Based by musician Brian Eno, EarthPercent invitations artists to pledge to donate a portion of their earnings to the charity, which is then donated to organizations combating local weather change.

The discharge of the 12-inch bioplastic vinyl is a part of a Bandcamp undertaking by EarthPercent that features greater than 100 tracks from artists together with Sizzling Chip, Peter Gabriel and Nile Rogers.

“It took three passionate, impartial music lovers from the UK to develop this product out of necessity,” Carey concluded.

“The truth that the ‘massive’ gamers did not do that within the first place raises some attention-grabbing questions concerning the oil, chemical, petroleum and plastics trade…simply to say!”

Different current bioplastic designs embody an alternative choice to cling movie constituted of waste potato peels and a polystyrene substitute created from plastic-eating mealworms.

Photographs courtesy of Evolution Music.