Anicet Mbida 06:51, 08 June 2023

Anicet Mbida gives us every morning what is best in innovation. This Thursday, he is interested in good news for fans of vinyls with green fiber, the release of the first 33 rpm totally biodegradable.

Today's innovation concerns fans of green fiber vinyl. This is the release of the first 33 rpm totally biodegradable.

This is the latest album by Canadian DJ Blond:ish, a compilation. We are currently hearing her latest hit "Sorry" in collaboration with Madonna. This is a world first, as it will be the first fully compostable cake. If by misfortune it ended up in the ocean or in an undergrowth, it would decompose completely without leaving any toxic residue.

This is possible thanks to a disc pressed from bioplastic. So nothing to do with vinyl records which are pure products of petrochemicals. We remind you: they are composed of 43% PVC, plastic, one of the most toxic substances for the planet. Some even contain lead, a notorious poison.

But suddenly, if the disc is biodegradable, won't it end up decomposing in the bins?

If! That's the problem... Especially for an album, which in principle, we want to keep as long as possible.

It is not known, exactly, how long it will be able to resist. Maybe three or four years. So what is the point? In fact, it is above all a militant approach. All profits from the album will be donated to "Bye Bye Plastic", a foundation that fights against single-use plastic in music, especially during concerts.

To reassure those who will buy the album. They will also be entitled to a digital version, just to continue to enjoy it even when the record has evaporated.

The ideal would still be to make vinyls more respectful of the environment...

Yes, that's right. It is even urgent with the explosion of sales.

In a vinyl factory, the machines are from another age. They consume crazy energy and tons of water for both steaming and cooling.

Good news: there is an awareness of manufacturers. The Dutch company Deep Grooves, for example, has developed new solar-powered machines that recycle water, with plant-based packaging. The raw material remains: vinyl still from petrochemicals. But it is also thanks to him that we can keep our albums for hundreds of years.