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Over the past decade, “going green” has become a vital movement for individuals, businesses, and entire industries alike. Initially, the efforts to do so were often cost prohibitive. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. Going green has caught on and is now a viable business, which has made it fiscally possible and desirable to reduce our respective carbon footprint. Government mandates and incentives have also provided a monetary benefit to employing green practices. It’s about time. After all, our planet—and lives—depend on it! As an integral part of the music industry, what can you do to reduce your carbon footprint? Here are some helpful considerations to point you in the right direction.

Equipment and Merchandise

Whether you’re a performer using it or on the wholesale/retail end selling it, choose equipment that is more energy efficient—look for Energy Star ratings or similar certifications. Over time, those efficiencies really add up! Additionally, search out equipment that utilizes recycled or sustainable materials and components.

The same goes for the goods! Selling band t-shirts or event hoodies? Offer options made from organic, recycled, or sustainable materials. That also goes for services, including eco-friendly printing and packaging.

Moving with Music

If you’re a performer, you probably travel a fair amount. Consider buying or leasing an electric vehicle (EV) to reduce fossil fuel consumption and emissions. Additionally, try planning your shows so there’s less travel distance between them or consecutive shows in venues within close proximity to each other. If you generally perform more locally, check out public transportation or carpool with other band members.

If you’re on the business side and make deliveries, you should definitely consider EVs. Also, when making deliveries, simply pack your vehicles as full as possible (while observing safety limits) to avoid excessive back and forth trips.

Virtually Beneficial

Social media isn’t just about crazy cat videos. Why not provide virtual performances or livestreaming? It’s a great way to reach a large audience without all the resources, consumption, and waste. Record those performances and you can also use them for marketing purposes.

Pay It Forward

Take an active role in advocacy. For example, as a performer, work with venue operators, promoters, and suppliers to employ practices and use materials that reduce the carbon footprint. Bring awareness to your fans of what you’re doing and encourage a collective effort.

On the business side, find out what the policies and practices of your suppliers are. Seek out those that employ greener practices. At the very least, inquire about products that use sustainable materials or produce reduced emissions.

Get Personal

As you conduct yourself in your personal life and business, make a concerted effort to reduce single-use plastics and disposable containers, recycle, and buy things that use sustainable materials. In other words, do your part! Not only will you feel good about reducing your carbon footprint, but you’ll be setting a good example for others to do the same.

Little changes make big differences—it’s a matter of care, consistency, and scale. By doing your part individually and bringing those practices into your business, the music industry can become a model of how to reduce the carbon footprint—and we all benefit.