Sustainability: How to be an Eco-Friendly Artist

Roadtrips and Playlists
3 min readJul 29, 2021

In an age when denying climate change is not an option, we all have ways we can be more sustainable. We can often forget that the industry can take a toll on the environment when we think of the music itself, but that doesn’t lessen the lack of sustainability. Here are some ways that you, as an artist, can become more eco-friendly and help make an impact.

Use AC Adapters For Pedals

When you are looking to replace your gear, try to buy items made from eco-friendly materials such as recycled plastic, bamboo, sustainably sourced wood, etc. Before you look to buy new gear, take care of what you have so you don’t have to buy new items as often. Also look at buying second-hand items when possible, as that gives items that would have otherwise been tossed a second life.

Choose Eco-Friendly Materials For Your Gear, When You Have To Replace It

When you are looking to replace your gear, try to buy items made from eco-friendly materials such as recycled plastic, bamboo, sustainably sourced wood, etc. Before you look to buy new gear, take care of what you have so you don’t have to buy new items as often. Also look at buying second-hand items when possible, as that gives items that would have otherwise been tossed a second life.

Ditch Sheet Music

I know this can sound absolutely absurd, but think of how many copies of music you make before the “final” copy, only for you to revise it again. With the technology we have today, it is possible to do everything you can on paper, on a tablet or even a computer. I know this is something some people won’t be able to part with, for some the feeling of writing on paper is something nothing can compete with, but when you can, try to cut it out some, even if it’s just one time.

Try Looking Into Green Touring

There are many ways incorporate sustainability while touring. Some of the things you can try are getting hybrid/electric touring vehicles, or if that’s not possible trying less wasteful routes that require less gas, utilizing climate-friendly venues, and making your merch organic and sustainable. Touring is one of the most environmentally damaging aspects of the music industry, so any way you can find to minimize it’s damage helps.

Use Your Platform To Spread The Word

The easiest thing you can do is just tell your fans. Post online about ways they can incorporate more sustainability in their lives, updates on climate change, legislation in your country affecting the environment. You can also show ways you’ve changed your habits, both in the industry and in your personal life. When you have a platform, and fans, just posting a picture of you using a reusable straw instead of a disposable one can make at least one person maybe think about their habits.

Contributor: Emma Foust

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