The environment is very important to us at GGR, as it should be to everyone. So, we take broad measures to run our operation as efficiently as possible, as well as to mitigate our footprint on the earth as much as possible. Vinyl records, when taking the entire supply chain and consumer behavior with the end product into account, are some of the least environmentally detrimental consumer goods sold. This is in large part because, well, vinyl records last almost forever if taken care of!
We offer 100% recycled vinyl for record pressing projects (random color vinyl, recycled from scrapped records made within our plant). Most scrap black vinyl is recycled as well. We are proud to also offer 100% recycled options for printed jackets, and 100% recycled (Recycled Polyethylene) polybags for wrapping LP projects!
In many ways, the biggest consumer-related impact of vinyl records is shrinkwrap — it nearly always winds up in the trash after purchase. Polybags, on the other hand, tend to stick around for the life of the record, since most consumers store their purchased records in the polybag, if it came in one. When 100% recycled polybags are used, it minimizes the environmental footprint even more!
The 100% recycled polybags we use are also recyclable! If you recently purchased a record in a polybag with a link to this page, and you are interested in finding out where you can recycle the polybag (as well as other plastic single-use items), please click here to find a dropoff location near you.
Here are other resources for minimizing consumer impact on the environment:
Green-e offers resources to change your home or business’s electric service provider to a Green-e certified renewable or offset electric service provider.
While reducing carbon impact is the top goal for any person or business, CarbonFund.org provides ways to offset the carbon impact that you or your business are unable to avoid. There is a nifty calculator tool to help you figure out how much to offset. (Gotta Groove Records is a yearly contributor to Carbon Fund).