Did you know that some musical instruments are made with animal parts? You can buy synthetic violin strings and synthetic harp strings). Check before purchase that animal skins are not used for drums or bodhrans (Irish drums). Piano keys should no longer be made from ivory or bone, but second-hand ones probably are. Also check items are free from animal glue and leather (harmonicas sometimes use it).
Personalised Wooden Guitar For Children can help children over 3 to develop a sense of rhythm, as well as enabling them to learn the first few guitar chords. It can also be personalised with a child’s name, with laser engraving. Includes optional hand-tied ribbon and handwritten gift tag, with greetings card.
Strumming a Greener Guitar
Many people enjoy playing the guitar, from casual strummers to serious flamenco guitarists. It’s mostly for fun but you could end up writing songs for a living, or playing in a band or orchestra. Guitars are not the easiest instruments to learn, so you get all the more satisfaction, if you learn to play it well.
Most guitars these days have nylon string, but good ones have steel strings. Be careful of the wood you choose, as some (like rosewood and mahogany) are from endangered trees (used because they are ‘tone woods’ that produce a good sound – if you buy one, choose one that is secondhand to prevent more trees being felled).
Another issue to be wary of are guitar picks. Some are made from tortoiseshell (endangered creatures). Most others are made from plastic. Pigtrum has become the first company to make guitar picks made from biodegradable plastics. Invented by a guitarist, these are more resistant to abrasion than wood. The raised edges and font logo means they are easy to hold and can be used for acoustic, electric or bass (wear down a little faster) guitars. Sent in recycled paper envelopes. Made in Germany. These are made from lignin, a ‘waste’ substance that accumulates by the millions of tons during the wood pulp production process, and often just gets burned. Not any more. Use a guitar strap made from recycled ring pulls. These get littered everywhere, so having them picked up and made into something useful, is a good idea.
Zero Waste Headphones & Speakers
House of Marley makes headphones from a variety of natural materials including cork, bamboo and recycled paper, along with their own REWIND™ fabric that is made from reclaimed organic cotton, hemp and PET. They also make REGRIND™ Silicone made from upcycling post-consumer waste to make the protective covers, headband pads, ear cushions and watch brands.
Look for headphones and speakers made from alternatives to cheap hard plastic, and in more sustainable packaging. Supporting land and ocean conservation, the brand in hoc with the Marley family offers superior quality and sound, with plush ear cushions and a snug fit on the ears.
Gomi offers eco friendly portable speakers. Handmade from plastic bags, it’s charged with recycled e-bike batteries.
Music Break: Billie-Jean
Even if you didn’t like the original, try this. John Paul White (no, not Johnny Depp) is a Deep South guitarist whose cover alongside Joy Williams, has been called one of the best-ever covers of any song.