Sound is a tough thing to think about sustainably, and to be honest, I’ve had a bit of trouble finding as much info on sound compared to the other departments. However, Julie’s Bicycle (http://www.juliesbicycle.com/), a company devoted to sustainability in the entertainment industry, has a Sustainable Purchasing Guide on their website. Here are a few good things to think about regarding the use of sound (and any) equipment:
– Do you really need to buy it in the first place?
– Can existing products or equipment be used instead?
– Can you rent or share instead of purchasing?
– How long will it last?
– Will it be quickly outdated?
– How will it be disposed?
– Can it be rented rather than bought?
– Where is it made and how is it transported?
– Is it produced in fair working conditions?
– Does its embodied environmental impact compete favourably with environmental benefits during its’ operational life?
– For equipment taken on tour, can it be lighter, easier to transport, or easier to hire locally?
Julie’s Bicycle also provides some links to carbon calculators:
– http://footprint.wwf.org.uk/ – according to this calculator, I’m living as if I had 1.98 Earths at my disposal. Yikes! I need a more efficient household!
– http://carboncalculator.direct.gov.uk/index.html – according to this calculator, I’m using 1.9 tonnes of carbon in my apartment per year (the downfall of shitty old buildings)
– http://www.imeasure.org.uk/ – this is a more long-term calculator that takes meter readings and so on into account.