Industry forges ahead, doing the “right thing” – even as tree-hugging musicians still want that Brazilian rosewood Guitar and accessory makers are getting increasingly progressive and sensitive to the global impact of every product they make, changing and refining their ways through adhering to and going beyond international guidelines, consistently implementing new conservation policies, and in some cases, developing radical new products.
Sustainable design solutions for a healthier planet and happier customers.
Each year a whopping 21,000 new retail stores are built in the United States, comprising nearly a quarter of all new building projects (excluding single-family homes). These are buildings that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, contribute to the consumption of 40 percent of the world’s total energy (compounded by extended hours of operation), 25 percent of wood harvest and 16 percent of water consumption. And, because of retail’s dependence on being up-to-date and design savvy, often these are buildings are not built to last.
Sweetwater’s New HQ is State-of-the-Art … and an ecological pacesetter too
Chuck Surack is no longer working out of a VW Microbus.
That’s where he started Sweetwater Sound nearly 30 years ago. Today, as a major retail player with annual sales in excess of $125 million, Sweetwater is cultivating the fruits of their labor into what is amongst the most cutting-edge – and most ecologically friendly – business headquarters in the music and sound products industry.
FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Established in 1992, it has offices in almost 50 countries, and provides standard setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services for companies and organizations interested in responsible forestry.
Joe Fucini, spokesman for American DJ companies, says one of the greatest – and greenest – technological advancements for the DJ/club industry has been LED lights. “It’s not exclusive to American DJ, but we’re 100 percent dedicated to the technology and hope all our competitors are too,” he says. “It’s good for the industry and it’s especially good for the environment.”