Republic Of Music Eco-Up their production

• A new sustainability scheme in association with the “Rewilding Britain” charity

• Helping offset the environmental impact of vinyl and CD manufacture

• Collaborating with local, Sussex based rewilding initiatives

We know that it’s not the easiest time for anyone right now, but we also recognise that the impacts of climate change can’t be ignored, and at Republic of Music we’re committed to doing our bit to become more sustainable in all areas of our business.

Manufacturing and shipping physical music product has the biggest environmental impact of all our operations, especially pressing vinyl which is an extremely resource and energy intensive process.

Of course, CDs, vinyl and cassettes are not disposable, throwaway products. A well-loved album will be played again and again, and will still be usable long after many other plastic products have been discarded. However, there’s no getting away from the fact that manufacturing using plastic and card, and then transporting those products around the world, has a significant impact on the environment. This is especially true when it comes to pressing vinyl, which is extremely resource and energy intensive.

So, we’re pleased to announce our new ECO-UP scheme in association with the charity Rewilding Britain, who support a network of local rewilding charities around the UK. For every manufacturing order we place, we’ll offer our clients an opportunity to donate 1.5% of the order value directly to Rewilding Britain, and Republic of Music will financially match every donation. Please click here for more information on exactly how this works: ECO-UP.

We’re planning to work with local rewilding charities in the Sussex to build a closer relationship and get a better understanding of how our donations are being used to help fight climate change. Our focus will be on both land and sea:

Rewilding Sussex: a local initiative run by Sussex University aiming to connect up landowners at a local level.

Sussex Kelp Project: a pioneering project to help support kelp reforestation off the Sussex coast.

We are really excited to launch this new scheme, but we know that this is only the beginning and we will look to develop more initiatives in the future. We are already advising our artists, bands and labels on best practise to reduce the carbon footprint of their manufacturing, whether it’s recycled vinyl, choosing FSC board or paper, or considering alternatives to shrinkwrap among other ideas.

We also work closely with all our suppliers to ensure they are following environmental best prac-tices and continually strive to improve. We endeavour to search out innovative solutions in the marketplace which can provide sustainable alternatives to traditional manufacture.

We’re at the start of a journey, and we hope we’re making an important first step towards a more environmentally conscious music industry.

 

About Rewilding:

Rewilding takes a big picture approach to conservation, aiming to restore the wider natural pro-cess that support life on earth. It’s about reconnecting and resetting, to reverse species extinction and to help nature flourish on a large scale.Benefits of rewilding include:

  • Drawing down carbon from the atmosphere.
  • Restoring and protecting native woodland, peatbogs heaths and grassland over a total of six million hectares could sequester 47million tonnes of CO2 per year – that’s more than 1/10 of current UK greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Helping wildlife adapt to climate change
  • Rewilding key areas allows wildlife to move and habitats to adapt as climate zones shift, poten-tially saving a significant number of species from climate driven extinction.
  • Reversing biodiversity loss
  • Help restore the abundance of Britain’s wildlife and missing species
  • Supporting diversified economic opportiunities
  • With coordinated local action, rewilding has the potential to help rural and coastal communities prosper through nature-based enterprises.
  • Improving our health and wellbeing.

 

For more information please contact: manufacturing@republicofmusic.net