Warwick Music Group Goes Carbon Neutral

Elizabeth Dale

The team at Warwick Music Group has achieved a momentous milestone by reaching a carbon-neutral status. With a passion for the environment, the company has made it a priority to ensure the sustainability of their products.

The NAMM Member sold their first pBone, the world’s first plastic trombone in late 2010, and in the last decade has expanded their range of pInstruments to include the pBone mini, pTrumpet, pBuzz, pCornet, pBugle, and pTrumpet hyTech. With roots as a brass sheet music supplier, Warwick also has a diverse line of tuition books and online learning resources with contributions from some of the world’s top musicians.

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The commitment to being a carbon-neutral company means that the carbon emissions produced from their plastic instruments are offset by Warwick’s funding an equivalent of carbon savings elsewhere around the world. These savings are generated through helping to fund renewable energy projects and energy efficiency projects – many of which bring additional social and community benefits in developing countries as well as reducing greenhouse gasses. Steven Greenall, CEO for Warwick spoke on how they select these projects stating, “We wanted to pick projects which would have a lasting community impact and so selected projects which have a high number of sustainable development goals with a community focus. One such issue that is important to our team is gender equality, as 50% of our management team is female. It is imperative to us that we select projects that not only help the planet but also empower women.”

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The inventors of the plastic trombone recognize the potential for confusion about a plastic instrument being considered environmentally conscious. After all, Greenpeace, the international environmental conservation group, estimates that “a truckload of plastic enters the ocean every single minute and that UK [home of Warwick Music Group] supermarkets produce 800,000 tons each year.” Despite this information, the line of plastic instruments is not considered disposable plastics like bags or straws. “They can last many years and, in our case,, are made from fully recyclable ABS plastics.”

To date, the sustainability efforts from Warwick have resulted in the equivalent of 72,000 trees saved. The next goal for the company is to reduce their amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, implementing strategies such as using more sustainable fabrics for instrument bags and utilizing more eco-friendly forms of transportation for their products.

For more information about Warwick Music Group, please visit them at https://warwickmusicgroup.com/ and to learn about the carbon offset certified projects they are involved in, please visit https://blog.pbone.co.uk/making-pinstruments-carbon-neutral.