Well... sort of.
On the heels of my latest release, this questions haunts me. I trumpet the message of "less is more", "no plastic" and "zero waste" yet just pressed 500 physical CDs of "Blame It On The Dog", my fourth CD of color singer-songwriter material. (I am a life-long musician and songwriter)
You might wonder why I bothered to realize a physical disc at all, given that CDs are going the way of the buffalo, supplanted by digital everything. But for the pro musician, not having at least a few discs around is not good: despite the fact that most people download digital, CDs are still sold to some and the CD is also a business calling card to many promoters.
However, there ARE ways to make the physical CD with less of a trash and carbon footprint. I chose Oasis CD manufacturing because of their green credentials. The CD cover of "Blame It On The Dog" was made from Green Forestry Practices Board which uses a minimum of 10% recycled material. The art work is printed using 100% say inks. This CD is NOT in a plastic jewel box: it is in an "eco-wallet"
But then there is the problem the CD itself. What do you do with that?
Well, first you listen to it for years and years, not just once. Then you recycle the CD properly.
One such place is the CD Recycling Center of America. You send them your old CDs (and plastic jewel cases) They in turn send everything their partner facility on the west coast that houses specialty proprietary equipment.
This equipment then processes the discs back to a clear resin, which is then sold to plastics manufactures that can manufacture new items from recycled plastic resinmThe plastic is generally used for the automotive and building materials industries. Take a look around your car and home; you probably have items that were made from recycled plastic right there!
Anyway, there is really no "green CD" and I admit to being a hypocrite for making ones. However, I did and do my best to make it less wasteful
And as CD players completely vanish, I guess all music in the future will be digital. Although that comes with a energy foot print of its own- electricity usage. But that the subject of another post.
"Demented wit, haunting blues, moving ballads"