It does not matter how many records you own, there will still be something that excites you about tearing off the cellophane wrap on a new album.
There have been some demands to try and get cellophane covers scrapped; this is along with other products such as plastic straws, shopping bags and water bottles. There are calls to want to try and get rid of any single use plastic.
The music industry have now been targeted, they want to stop the use of shrink wrapping.
At Silver screen records Anna Harvey is the head of vinyl. They have released Blue Planet 2 on vinyl and they decided that the best decision would be to not shrink wrap it, Anna Harvey has said “instead, we used a paper band to hold the vinyl and its sleeve together”.
Anna and Karen Emmanuel run a small vinyl manufacturer that is called Key Production, Anna and Karen are working together to run a campaign to stop the use of single use plastic in the music industry.
Anna has stated “I think it is just like plastic bags in supermarkets, most consumers want our environment to be clean and pollution free so it is just a matter of making that connection”.
Karen believes that to help stop this they need to get retailers and distribution companies involved. “We are already speaking to manufacturers to see if we can get some alternatives, corn starch instead of shrink wrap or using paper bands and stickers on DVDs and CDs”
Patrick Ryder who is the manager at Piccadilly Records and he has stated that people can be put off buying a plastic cover if it has a tear in it. He has said “I understand why labels use shrink wrap for special editions or if there is a download code inside – without the shrink wrap they will fall out, but the solution to that is putting a sticker on the record”.
Wolf Alice has stated that this is a huge priority for them; this is showing that huge artists are now on board with this. Drummer Joel Amey has said “we always have said from day one that we want to make our releases as environmentally friendly as possible”
Ellie Rowsell has said “our CD sleeves are all made from cardboard not plastic, what’s the point? You only take it off anyway”.
James Bay has admitted he has never really thought about shrink wrapping but he is against it. He has said “they are filling up the ocean, it is doing lots and lots of damage so wherever you find these single use plastics let’s try not to use them”.
The label records have a say in the decision too, Warner did not want to comment on their policy, and there was no reply back from Universal and Sony.