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Changing tune

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Some loudspeakers purify the air while playing back tunes. But it seems that analogue sound can also make for a cleaner planet.

Using mainly sugarcane (and starch as a binding agent), a British startup has succeeded in creating a bioplastic for LPs.

It can be pressed like traditional, petroleum-based PVC, yet lower production temperatures reduce energy usage by 15%.

The discovery allows record manufacturers to double their output and reuse any waste cuttings. Without compromising on lasting sound.

Reduced static properties even go easier on the stylus. Substituting the 30,000 tonnes of PVC planned to make 180 million LPs each year is a chance for a new environmental record.

Some clubs are already in tune with sustainability.

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