Are you ready to spend more money on an equipment/tool if it is made in an eco-responsible way?
Environmental protection and ecology punctuate our lives, our movements and our way of consumption. If we pay more and more attention to what we put on our plate, ecology can be present in all places, even music. As we have seen with the recent bans to protect certain species of wood, there was an awakening some time ago to simplify and empower the production of musical instruments and audio equipment.
The most telling case concerns the manufacturers of instruments that use natural materials such as wood. Some brands make every effort to guarantee traceability on the wood and even choose “alternative” species such as bamboo or eucalyptus. From the side of electronic product manufacturers, it is not the same problem. They try to emphasize the manufacturing methods and cleanliness of their factories. The products that come out of it are not very environmentally friendly, but they are made in a “cleaner” way than twenty years ago.
Ecological problems certainly have an impact on the means of production, from materials to methods, but do they have an impact on the way consumers buy? It has long been known, for example, that the use of nitrocellulose varnish is very harmful to the environment, so that the surroundings of the Fender factory in Corona, California are very polluted for this reason. However, these instruments are still sold, with some guitarists sticking to traditional manufacturing methods, regardless of the impact on the environment.
There is indeed a collective awareness on the part of some market players, but there is still a long way to go. As you may have understood, this fortnight’s survey is about your buying habits for musical instruments and audio equipment.
See you in three weeks for the results!