Vinyl records are essentially one form of plastic or other, aren’t they? And there is too much of it being discarded, isn’t there? These were the two things that a British Brewery and a singer/songwriter had in mind when they decided to join forces and come up with a vinyl record produced exclusively out of recycled plastic collected from the sea in Cornwall, England, as reported by Plasticstoday.com and others.
Sharp’s Brewery is making a name for itself in the crowded world of beer, and so is Nick Mulvey, an English singer/songwriter whose previous records have been to a late legend also named Nick – Nick Drake. Although it seems to be a size of an LP, the record Sharp’s and Mulvey came up with contains a single track, “In The Anthropocene”, and which can also be streamed through Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital platforms.
Sharp’s and Mulvey have incorporated another good cause into their endeavor, as the proceeds from the sales of the record will go to “Surfers Against Sewage, an organization that helps protect British coastlines from pollution, plastic or otherwise.” While the limited edition record will not re-use too much plastic waste found on the Cornish beaches, “it’s hoped that it will raise public awareness as well as hold the music industry accountable for its non-sustainable practices.” As Sharp’s Marketing Controller James Nicholls puts it, “We’re really turning the tables on the music industry by releasing ‘In the Anthropocene’ with Nick Mulvey by upcycling single-use plastic found on our beaches and turning it into playable ‘ocean vinyl.”
CULTURE (counter, pop, and otherwise) and the people who shape it.