‘No music on a dead planet’ – Music Declares Emergency sum up the reason we’re thinking a lot about the impact Reckless Yes has on the environment and looking for ways to be greener in what we do, and what we make, as well as putting some of the label’s profit toward environmental action.
In January 2020 we put this toward planting trees and chose to do this through One Tree Planted who will be part of reforestation efforts in Australia. There are lots of places on the planet were forests and wild spaces are currently burning, or being destroyed in other ways.
The bushfires in Australia over the last few months have shown the environmental and human impact. Eilis Frawley returned to visit family in Australia last month and hearing how the situation out there affected her, and seeing the terrifying and emotional reports across social media, we decided to put our money toward efforts to help out there.
Reckless Yes: Making music in better ways
Giving part of the label profit to charities actively working on the impact of the climate emergency isn’t the only step we’re taking – we know that offsetting on its own isn’t enough.
We’re working with our suppliers to move toward the most environmentally friendly and sustainable options. This means in the records we’re pressing (we only press on 140g vinyl and are looking at eco options for coloured vinyl) and packaging (no jewel cases for CDs ever, looking at FSC-certified card and paper stock). We’re really glad to work with companies like DMS who are doing the research and finding the options, to then support us make our best choices.
It also means supporting our artists to find the most environmentally sustainable and ethical suppliers for merchandise, and efficient routing when out on the road.
Music Declares Emergency
We’ve signed our name to Music Declares Emergency – whether you’re an artist, an organisation in music, or a fan you can sign up or take their advice for how to do you bit.
They say: “Music, musicians and music businesses, through their unique cultural and economic power, can lead the way in demanding the systemic changes required to secure all life on earth. We call on all those within the industry to join us in declaring a climate emergency and to work towards making the cultural and operational changes necessary to contribute towards a carbon neutral future.”