We have the first bioplastic vinyl record

The good news: The most durable form of music storage is the vinyl record. Kept away from heat, polyvinyl chloride takes eons to degrade. That band news: old records take eons to degrade, they’re tough to recycle, and impossible to dispose of safely. Not exactly environmentally friendly, you know?

Enter Evolution Music, a British company, that’s spent the last five years working on “the first bioplastic vinyl record.” Instead of oil byproducts, these records are made from a guilt-free combination of sugars and starches.

Their formula reportedly results in a drastic improvement in toxic emissions that comes from the manufacture of regular records. It presses up the same as polyvinyl chloride, too.

There is a problem, though. The current iteration of the technology produces records with a little too much surface noise. However, Evolution Music says that they’re about two weeks away from solving that issue. They’re currently signing up artists who would love to have their records made this way.

Learn more here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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