Environmentally friendly musical instruments and equipment

Whilst the music industry is full of vocal proponents of ecopolitics and “green” culture – with major acts like Pearl Jam, Justin Timberlake, Moby, Muse, and John Legend donating huge sums to sustainable initiatives and raising awareness – it can be quite difficult to find out which main music brands are also taking their environmental responsibilities seriously.

Without wanting to seem like we’re pushing any agenda, the team at Red Dog Music are a very environment-conscious bunch, and we all like to do what we can to not leave the planet as an inhospitable, toxic wasteland for our children, and the children of others.

With that in mind, we’ve created this page to serve as a bookmark for those seeking out instruments and equipment from well known brands that not only sound amazing, but don’t literally cost the Earth.


“Since its founding Genelec’s design philosophy has been based on sustainable development and environmental values”

The enclosures of Genelec monitor speakers are constructed almost entirely from recycled aluminium, and their equipment practically never breaks. Even on the rare occasions Genelecs do develop issues, they have a network of repair services to ensure minimum waste. For these reasons, they hold the internationally recognised ISO9001 and ISO14001 sustainability certificates.

Godin (Simon & Patrick, Seagull, Art & Lutherie)


The Godin family of acoustic instruments are created with wood sourced from their own, purpose built forest in Quebec. They don’t go on about it too much, which is a shame, because we think it’s one of the most important aspects of the company! There are obviously huge ecological benefits to not having to ship wood half-way across the world to create an instrument, and then ship it back again.



For such an enormous, far-reaching brand as Yamaha to be on the verge of acquiring their ISO14001 sustainability certificate is almost beyond belief, but that’s their goal for 2016. They have comprehensive measures for recycling, reducing waste and using safer chemicals in their electric and acoustic instrument production, and are setting an enviable example to other big players in the industry.

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Guy Perchard

Digital editor & recording specialist at Red Dog Music
As well as being the marketing man-about-town at Red Dog Music, Guy is a busy, award winning record producer and mixing engineer. He is also partial to a chorizo stromboli for elevenses.

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  1. As a service engineer for electronic musical instruments of 40+ years experience. I know that Yamaha have a track record of keeping parts available for many years after production of the original instrument ended. Meaning that I have been able to repair many instruments that would otherwise have been in landfill before their time.

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