It’s hard to find positives in the music industry these days . . . especially if you’re an old-schooler who isn’t down with K-pop boy bands yet.
But if you were forced to come up with SOMETHING positive, maybe you could argue that the decline in CDs is more Earth-friendly? There’s no manufacturing waste, no plastic, and no shipping costs. Well, even THAT isn’t true.
According to a new study, music streaming is WORSE for the environment . . . because even though there’s less plastic, it does not offset the overall environmental costs of maintaining streaming services like YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora.
Streaming services utilize a lot of computing power, servers, storage and cloud capabilities . . . and the increased power usage leads to MORE greenhouse gas emissions.
On top of that, the vinyl revival is also bad, because vinyl records are oil products.
(You can read more about the study, here.)