Vinyl records have a rich history. They’ve been around for over a century now, and their roots trace back to American inventors like Thomas Edison and others from around the world. Since the days of the phonograph and gramophone, advancements in audio technology have made vinyl one of the most compelling and immersive ways to listen to music. The format definitely isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
The new millennium and the internet age saw the CD give way to the MP3 and even more of an emphasis on portability and convenience for music listeners. However, a devoted group of audiophiles kept collecting records, swearing by them for their sound quality, aesthetic appeal, and collectibility.
After looking back on vinyl’s history, it’s easy to wonder what’s next. The truth is that it’s hard to tell where the music industry is going in the decades to come. However, it is safe to say that vinyl will always have a legion of devoted fans who believe in its unique sound and the immersive listening experience that comes with it.
As sales rise, record labels and artists are beginning to look at sustainability issues.
PVC (poly vinyl chloride), the plastic from which records are made, isn't exactly environmentally friendly.
"Vinyl is a form of plastic that is quite difficult to recycle," says Dr Sharon George, senior lecturer in the environment and sustainability at Keele University.
"The C in PVC means chloride (from chlorine) which is quite toxic and difficult to handle. This is one of the reasons recyclers don't really like PVC, so it tends to either go to the landfill or incineration."
That has led some in the industry to begin exploring alternatives.
Including us, presenting soon the world's first record from recycled bio materials. Stay tuned...