Greening The Music Industry Resources Sheet



Packaging (what to do with your CDs and jewel cases)

  • Back Thru the Future — A free service for recycling CDs and jewel cases.
  • CD Recycling Center — free recycling of all components of Compact Disc packaging, CDs and DVDs alike, including the Disc, the case and the paper booklet.
  • DiskMakers —largest duplicators of CDs and DVDs in New York City. Have a sustainability focus: www.discmakers.comcommunity/sustainability
  • Earthology — Environmentally Friendly CD Replication - Recycled CDs -- Earth Friendly Jewel Cases - Recycled Compact Discs - Earth Friendly CD Duplication.
  • Green Disk — A company that collects and sells recycled plastic jewel cases and offers CD "Soft Shells".
  • PaperFoam —sells all-natural, fully biodegradable jewel cases, CD and DVD trays price competitive with the conventional plastic versions.


Recording (Studios)

  • ecoNEW —is a recycling and consumer electronics trade-in program that allows consumers to easily and safely dispose of their unwanted eligible electronics and computer equipment in an eco-friendly way.
  • Green Disk— takes "technotrash" in most quantities. Technotrash = All forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape, audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT and virtually all other type of computer tapes, hard drives, Zip and Jaz drives, jump drives, etc.
  • TechForward— purchase a Guaranteed Buyback plan along with your next computer or consumer electronics device, and you can lock in a future trade-in value so you don't have to guess what your device will be worth a year or two from now, when you're ready to upgrade.


Office Consumption


Merchandise (Organic Materials, Water-based Ink Screenprinting Shops)

  • American Apparel— producer of organic t-shirts.
  • Contempl8 —water-based ink screenprinting shop.
  • Klean Kanteen— fashionable reusable stainless steel water bottles.
  • MySIGG —fashionable and customizable reusable water bottles.
  • Organic Apparel— water-based ink screenprinting shop.
  • Organic Consumers Alliance —a non-profit public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. It's the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.


Touring (Carbon Offsetting, Eco-friendly Event Producing, Biodiesel)

  • BioWillie— partners with Texas fuel stations to supply biodiesel at their pumps. Lists benefits of biodiesel and its history.
  • Green Mountain Energy— residential and commercial electricity provider of energy from wind and solar sources and offers carbon offset programs.
  • MusicMatters— works to reduce the impacts of festivals and leverage events as education forums.
  • NativeEnergy— an organization that supplies carbon offset products and uses their revenue to finance the expansion of renewable energy resources in Vermont and the Midwest.
  • National Biodiesel Board— is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry in the United States. Biodiesel is a domestic, renewable fuel for diesel engines derived from natural oils like soybean oil, and which meets the specifications of ASTM D 6751.
  • Reverb— oversees the greening of major tours. To date: 52 tours greened, 977 events, 41,988 tons of carbon dioxide reduced, 317,073 gallons of bio-diesel, 1,474 environmental groups involved and 7.1 million fans reached.
  • Alternative Power Productions— specializes in sustainable solutions for the entertainment industry. They provide solar powered stages & sound systems and a variety of conscious products and services, like pollution free concerts.



  • First Act— has taken a new approach to confronting the growing scarcity of old growth hard woods traditionally used in guitar production. No wood at all is used for the body and the neck of the Bambusa. Rather the instrument is made of densely laminated bamboo, which, combined with its water-based natural matte finish and food safe glue, makes it the "greenest" guitar on the market today.
  • Greenpeace Music Wood Campaign — is partnering with the music industry to protect threatened forest habitats and safeguard the future of the trees critical to making musical instruments.


Environmental Business and Social Networking

  • Green Drinks — environmental business networking group in 450 cities world-wide. 10,000+ members in NYC.


Social Change

  • Global Inheritance— an activism organization pushing for progressive social change via programs focused on topics such as recycling, traffic congestions and pollution.


Environmental Community Activism (For business and individuals)

  • Live Earth— w as a string of worldwide concerts, containing over 150 musical acts in eleven locations around the world, held on July 7, 2007. It started originally as an effort to raise awareness and combat climate change, and is now aimed at putting pressure on political leaders and corporations to participate in and adopt the Kyoto 2 Treaty.
  • NRDC (National Resources Defense Council— non profit that uses law, science, and the support of its 500,000+ members to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places.
  • One Percent for the Planet— a growing global movement of 957 companies that donate 1% of their sales more than $30M to a network of 1,628 environmental organizations worldwide.
  • Stop Global Warming Now— a movement about change, as individuals, as a country, and as a global community. Join the 1,155,909 supporters of the Stop Global Warming Virtual March, and become part of the movement to demand our leaders freeze and reduce carbon dioxide emissions now. We are all contributors to global warming and we all need to be part of the solution.


Additional Resources



Billboard Magazine

Troy Bystrom, Aequetis, Inc.

Sue Devine, Senior Director, Film/TV Music, ASCAP

Stefan Doering, BEST Coaches, Inc.

Marilyn Laverty, Shore Fire Media,


Mark Satloff, Shore Fire Media,

Lisa Stalder