How to make eco-friendly vinyl? – MPO International

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Limit the carbon impact of your vinyl

Introduction: the evolution of vinyl

The vinyl record, a symbol of nostalgia and authentic sound, is making a spectacular comeback.

In 2023, sales of vinyl records in the United States surpassed those of CDs, reaching 1.4 billion dollars, a first since 1987. The strong demand from young adults is pushing towards greener vinyl to reduce the environmental impact of its production (IMARC) (Speakergy).

Eco-friendly vinyl is emerging as a promising response, combining a passion for music with respect for the environment. This new type of vinyl uses less harmful materials and processes that reduce CO2 emissions.

By adopting more sustainable practices, the vinyl record industry is aligning itself with today’s ecological values.

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1. What is eco-responsible vinyl?

Eco vinyl represents a major advance in the record industry, combining technological innovation with a commitment to the environment.

This type of record is made from materials that minimise the impact on our planet. Unlike traditional vinyl produced from petroleum-based PVC, eco-responsible vinyl uses recycled materials or biosourced PVC.

These eco-friendly materials contribute to

  • reducing waste
  • less dependence on fossil fuels
  • reducing CO2 emissions
  • combat climate change

The use of these materials transforms vinyl manufacturing into a greener process, in line with ecological principles.

2. Eco-responsible vinyl manufacturing

2.1 Biosourced vinyl

The term “bio-sourced” refers to materials derived from renewable resources such as plants, algae or agricultural waste.

For example, biosourced PVC:

  • Significantly reduces reliance on non-renewable resources;
  • Reduces the carbon footprint associated with vinyl production.

These eco-responsible vinyls maintain high sound quality while reducing greenhouse gases.

2.2 Recycled vinyl

Recycled vinyl is the perfect way to reinforce eco-responsibility in the record industry.

MPO International has implemented in-house recycling systems where recovered materials are used to create eco vinyl.

Recycled vinyl is produced by reclaiming and reprocessing production off-cuts and non-conforming or used records.

This process not only reduces the amount of waste generated, but also limits the consumption of new resources. This method promotes a circular economy within the industry, adding value to each component and minimising the impact on the environment.

At MPO International, we are committed to responding to environmental challenges by developing innovative initiatives, such as the production of recycled vinyl.

2.3 Reducing the carbon footprint of vinyl record production

Environmental impact: classic vs. eco-friendly vinyl

Conventional vinyls are produced from PVC derived from petroleum, consuming a lot of energy through transport and manufacture.

In contrast, eco-friendly vinyls, made from recycled materials or bio-sourced PVC, require less energy to produce. They also generate less waste.

Using biosourced or recycled PVC can reduce the carbon footprint of vinyl production by over 60%.

Want to find out more about eco-friendly vinyl? Our team will be happy to advise you on your project.

3. The future of low-carbon vinyl: eco vinyl

Challenges to overcome for a greener industry

Despite this progress, a number of challenges remain:

  • Optimising sound quality with ecological imperatives remains a major concern for manufacturers and consumers alike.
  • The cost of innovative and sustainable materials can be high, posing a challenge to the adoption of these practices.
  • Consumer awareness of the benefits of eco-friendly vinyl to encourage a more rapid transition to more sustainable practices.


Eco-friendly vinyl is not just a response to ecological challenges. They also represent an opportunity for the record industry to reinvent itself and prosper in a sustainable way.

By adopting environmentally friendly practices, we can not only improve our ecological impact but also strengthen our relationship with consumers who are increasingly aware of sustainability.

The music industry can continue to provide a rich musical experience while preserving our planet for future generations.

At MPO, we are helping to reduce our carbon footprint and promote a more sustainable world. We offer eco-friendly packaging to meet today’s environmental challenges.

If you’d like to find out how to eco-design your packaging, don’t hesitate to read our article!

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